Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Authority Control

Instructor: Natalie Hall

Dates: November 4th through 29th, 2019

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


Authority control is a process that ensures all access points in a record are consistent across a library’s database, but it is a process that many librarians find mysterious. In this course we will demystify authority control and explore the value it adds to library catalogs through a comprehensive overview of authority control work.

In this four-week course, participants will:

  • Learn what authority control is, why it is important, and how it works.
  • Understand different types of authority records and practice using them to provide consistency in library databases.
  • Discuss the pros, cons, and options for automated authority control processing.
  • Learn about cooperative authority control projects and how to get involved.
  • Discuss how to evaluate what kinds of authority work is appropriate for different libraries’ needs.

This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Natalie Hall

Natalie Hall is the Technical Services Coordinator at Moraine Valley Community College. As Technical Services Coordinator, she oversees a busy technical services department and provides leadership in the areas of acquisitions, serials, cataloging and authority control. Natalie has bachelors’ degrees from Lawrence University, a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also an adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where she teaches information organization and cataloging.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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