Will LAC continue to maintain Canadiana Authorities in English and in French?
LAC has joined the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO). NACO libraries create standardized English-language forms of creator names to be used in the bibliographic records of all participating libraries. For English-language authority records, NACO will replace Canadiana Authorities.
LAC's transition to NACO will benefit the Canadian library community, as English-language bibliographic records created by LAC will use the same name headings as those used by other English-language libraries in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. This consistency of “access points”, or how names are formulated, is one key for effective sharing of copy cataloguing records across libraries.
NACO authority records in English can be freely accessed on the Library of Congress Authorities web page and viaf.org. Name headings used by LAC will also be freely available by searching the future LAC catalogue in OCLC.
Discussions about how to transition to NACO are now under way. Once this process is completed and LAC begins cataloguing in OCLC, a separate English Canadiana name authority file will not be maintained. Until then, LAC name authorities will continue to be available at Canadiana Authorities as well as in AMICUS.
NACO has more than 750 participating libraries, including national libraries such as the Library of Congress (U.S.), the British Library, and the national libraries of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Across Canada, there are several academic, government and public library participants.
While many organizations around the world maintain French-language authority files, there is currently no international shared French-language authority program comparable to what is available in English through NACO. For this reason, LAC will continue to maintain its separate French-language name authority file. Once these authority records now maintained in AMICUS are migrated to OCLC, LAC will use OCLC's system for creating and updating French name authorities. LAC French-language authority data will continue to be freely accessible at viaf.org. Name headings used by LAC will also be freely accessible by searching the future LAC catalogue in OCLC. LAC will most likely also make batch files of French-language authority records freely available to interested libraries. The mechanism for sharing these files has yet to be determined, and LAC will provide this information when it is available.