Skip to Search

diagonal spacer


NACO homepage | NACO FAQs

Guidelines | Key Rules | Examples | Checklists | Authority Fixed Fields | Statistics | Annual Reports
Related WWW sites | Contributed Cataloging Homepage | CMD Homepage

NACO is the Name Authority COoperative Program coordinated jointly by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and the Library of Congress. "NACO began in 1977 as a joint project between the Library of Congress and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The goal was to use and maintain a common authority file which would reduce the cost of authority work." Through NACO, institutions contribute authority records for names, uniform titles, and series to a national authority file administered by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). Since UF joined NACO in 1988, we have contributed approximately 9839 authority records.

We participate in the NACO program because we believe that authority control is an integral part of the cataloging process which has direct benefits to our user community. Authority control enhances the consistency of headings in LUIS and expands access points through the generation of cross references. Each year we derive into our database thousands of authority records created by the Library of Congress and NACO participating libraries to improve access for our users. Although we receive no financial credit for the headings we establish or revise, we believe it to be in our best interest to contribute to this international cooperative effort. We are required to participate in NACO as a condition of our membership in two cooperative cataloging programs, CONSER and BIBCO.

Former NACO Coordinators: Cecilia Botero; Mae Clark; Betsy Simpson;
Priscilla Williams 2001-present

Indexed in CatPro: UF and NACO
                            UF and NACO

Prepared by: Betsy Simpson, 1998
Last updated: Priscilla Williams, November 19, 2003


University of Florida Home Page