Future of authority control
One of the areas this blog will cover is trends in authority control. I think there will be more cooperation in the establishment of authority records. This is covered in section 1.3 of the LC working group’s report, On the Record. I see cooperation happening in a number of areas, from more participation through activities like funnel groups, such as the new ATLA SACO Funnel Project, to a broadening of responsibility in the area of training. I also see the VIAF (see yesterday’s post) growing to include the abstracting and indexing community. My ideal would incorporate all worldwide forms of an author’s name, with appropriate computer coding to spit out the right form based on the origination of the query. Apparently work incorporating publishers and indexers, with input from the library community, has begun, as I found evidence of a meeting that took place early in 2007, reported here.