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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

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


in the . . . tedious old days . . .


Tossing the bathwater, saving the baby . . .


Saving the baby, and some of the bathwater


. . . and now you can search:


Search fields (of varying usefulness)


So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • convenience

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information


Title variations . . .


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


Corelli: Farinelli Variations


Seventeen titles (and counting)


. . . versus 12 locally


(. . . plus zero)


Tchaikovsky’s “Golden Cloudlet”


-- one holding (and no UT)in WorldCat


Number of records in AF:


-- one.


Searching with UT in WorldCat:16 results


UT (and “cloud”)


Truncation works too:


So why should reference folksuse the authority file?

  • what Wendy said

  • in ascending order of usefulness:

    • title information

    • personal information


e.g., composer dates


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


Bill Sherwood . . . times two


. . . separated at last


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 . . .


Rafael Jr. and Robert,born 1937


Rafael Jr: not in AF


Robert Mendez: in AF twice?


Robert Mendez as trumpeter


Robert Mendez, b. 1937 –transplant surgeon


Trumpeters =transplant surgeons


. . . and Rafael Jr. = Ralph


. . . who isn’t in the AF . . .


The AF as reference tool:

  • use it

  • (catalogers: keep on doing!)

  • (reference folks too:) help enhance it


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