Understanding an OCLC Authority Record (SEFLIN)

This live online class, in two, two-hour sessions over two days, focuses on MARC authority records in OCLC — those for the controlled access points for personal names, corporate names, geographic names, subjects and titles.  We’ll discuss the structure of the MARC authority record as it displays in OCLC cataloging interfaces, including many of the fixed field elements. Looking at the broader picture, we’ll talk about the purpose of authority data and how it improves a catalog’s organization and users’ ability to search, navigate and find the resources they need and want.

Practice and readings may be provided for participants to complete on their own.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • interpret key fixed field coding in an OCLC MARC authority record
  • understand the variable fields, especially for the authorized access point and cross-references 
  • use OCLC’s supporting documentation for the authority record. 

Staff from Florida libraries may register for this workshop at no charge. Priority will be given to SEFLIN members. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list and added as space permits after the registration deadline.

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