|Section 3C.1 :
|Authority control is the process in cataloging that is used to maintain consistency of headings that act as access points in a catalog or database. This process is traditionally referred to as authority control but is becoming known as access control also. It allows us to collocate various works under one heading making it easier for the user to find works.Headings that come under authority control are: personal names, corporate names, conference/meeting names, subject headings, titles (series/uniform titles).
Some very simple examples:
The LRC will use OCLC’s Online Authority File for the verification of all headings. A backup would be the Library of Congress’ Authority records that are also available online. Downloading of authority records into Voyager will primarily be done from OCLC’s Online Authority File, but can be done from LC as well.
The process usually follows this pattern:
For copy cataloging:
Recognition of headings on a record that need to be verified.
For original cataloging:
Determining the headings that need to be checked in the online authority file.
Determining if an authority record needs to be imported.