Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

Summer 6-1-2021

Abstract

Cataloguing cannot exist without standardised access points, and authority control is the mechanism by which we achieve the necessary degree of standardisation, thus enhances the accessibility of library resources by controlling the access points, improving users’ ability to efficiently find the works most relevant to their information search. The paper seeks to understand authority control standards and how non- Roman names are catered for in those standards. The study used desk research. Findings indicated the lack of authority control standards for non-Roman names. The study recommended the establishment of authority control standards for non-Roman names, cataloguers should consult the authors/creators when recording the preferred forms for their names. The system should also be upgraded to adopt non-Roman characters and linguistics.

Keywords: Authority control, Authority control standards, Information retrieval, Name authority, non-roman names

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