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Authority Records for Public Services: Perspectives from Cataloging and Reference. Stephen Luttmann University of Northern Colorado 2009 MOUG Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois. Why don’t more reference folks use Connexion? lack of access bad memories of authority file.

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Authority records for public services perspectives from cataloging and reference

Authority Records for Public Services: Perspectives from Cataloging and Reference

Stephen Luttmann

University of Northern Colorado

2009 MOUG Annual Meeting

Chicago, Illinois


Authority records for public services perspectives from cataloging and reference

Why don’t more reference folks use Connexion?

  • lack of access

  • bad memories of authority file


In the tedious old days

in the . . . tedious old days . . .


Tossing the bathwater saving the baby

Tossing the bathwater, saving the baby . . .


Saving the baby and some of the bathwater

Saving the baby, and some of the bathwater


And now you can search

. . . and now you can search:


Search fields of varying usefulness

Search fields (of varying usefulness)


So why should reference folks use the authority file

So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • convenience

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information


Title variations

Title variations . . .


But the rules determine how much explanation you get

. . . but the rules determine how much explanation you get


Corelli farinelli variations

Corelli: Farinelli Variations


Seventeen titles and counting

Seventeen titles (and counting)


Versus 12 locally

. . . versus 12 locally


Plus zero

(. . . plus zero)


Tchaikovsky s golden cloudlet

Tchaikovsky’s “Golden Cloudlet”


One holding and no ut in worldcat

-- one holding (and no UT)in WorldCat


Number of records in af

Number of records in AF:


Authority records for public services perspectives from cataloging and reference

-- one.


Searching with ut in worldcat 16 results

Searching with UT in WorldCat:16 results


Ut and cloud

UT (and “cloud”)


Truncation works too

Truncation works too:


So why should reference folks use the authority file1

So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information

    • personal information


E g composer dates

e.g., composer dates


So why should reference folks use the authority file2

So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information

    • personal information, and especially

      • disambiguation


John carter times three

John Carter . . . times three


Bill sherwood times two

Bill Sherwood . . . times two


Separated at last

. . . separated at last


So why should reference folks use the authority file3

So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information

    • personal information, and especially

      • disambiguation

      • reintegralization


The dual lives of the mendez twins

The dual lives of the Mendez twins . . .


Rafael jr and robert born 1937

Rafael Jr. and Robert,born 1937


Rafael jr not in af

Rafael Jr: not in AF


Robert mendez in af twice

Robert Mendez: in AF twice?


Robert mendez as trumpeter

Robert Mendez as trumpeter


Robert mendez b 1937 transplant surgeon

Robert Mendez, b. 1937 –transplant surgeon


Trumpeters transplant surgeons

Trumpeters =transplant surgeons


And rafael jr ralph

. . . and Rafael Jr. = Ralph


Who isn t in the af

. . . who isn’t in the AF . . .


The af as reference tool

The AF as reference tool:

  • use it

  • (catalogers: keep on doing!)

  • (reference folks too:) help enhance it


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