Eight Cataloguers of the LIS Information Resources attended the NACO (Name Authority Cooperation) training program from 24 to 28 June 2019 at the Potchefstroom campus. The training was facilitated by South Africa’s NACO trainer, Dr Hester Marais, from the University of South Africa.
NACO training enables cataloguers to contribute to standardisation of controlled access points for the authorised and variant forms of names. The training involves a set of standards by which authority records are created and shared on OCLC. Through this program, participants contribute authority records for agents, places, works, and expressions to the NACO Authority File. Membership of NACO is open to individual institutions who have done the training. Trainees go through the following process: training, reviewing and direct contributions of records to the LC/NACO Name Authority File.
The five day training workshop prepares new NACO contributing libraries to create authority records and have the records reviewed by reviewers. The reviewers will check cataloguers’ work until they are ready to produce or update records independently.
During the training the following modules were covered:
- NACO foundation
- Describing person
- Describing families
- Describing corporate bodies
- Describing places
- Describing works and expressions
- Changes to NARs
- NACO administrations
The NWU cataloguers describe the training as very informative and hands-on. It gave enough practical exercises to use in all the relevant situations. As experienced trainer, Dr Marais created an atmosphere conducive to learning and collaboration. Credit must be given to Alta van den Berg, Senior Librarian Information Resources who did the liaison and initiated this training event.
Senior Librarian: Information Resources