November 24, 2015

Roy Tennant Shares “Library Authorities Alternatives”

The blog has a very useful (aka “a keeper”) and timely post by the legendary Roy Tennant, Senior Research Program Officer at OCLC Research, that shares direct links to “alternative” sources for a number of types of authorities and cataloging data.

  • Name Authorities
  • Subject Authorities
  • MARC Documentation
  • Classification Data
  • Genre Headings
  • Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

Why compile the resources and share this post?

Tennant Writes:

Without delving into the dysfunctional politics that has led to the shutdown of most U.S. Government services, we thought it might be helpful to our library and archives colleagues to point out some alternatives to various library authority sources that have been shuttered at the Library of Congress.

Tennant’s post also includes a link to even more “authority alternatives” that Eric Childress, Consulting Project Manager at OCLC Research, has compiled in a spreadsheet.

Direct to Roy Tennant’s Post: “Library Authority Alternatives” (via

Tip/Thanks to Merrilee Proffitt for the tip.

See Also: OCLC Begins Enriching WorldCat Records with FAST Headings

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