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It’s time to retool the nature of Authority work October 13, 2011

Posted by Mia in cataloguing, Collections.

ORCID and ISNI are picking up a bit of steam.  Good, because our IR’s have been up and running for some time.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we continue to labour over all this massively redundant, shared authorized headings information.  For monographic works that are shared in umpteen similar collections.  For headings identifying authors of monographic works.

We can’t seem to start to refocus our attention on authors — scholars? scientists? creators? contributors? — who are producing scholarly content in journals, or self-publishing venues, non traditional media, and so on.

We’re still too deeply ingrained in traditional workflows that do not consider the numbers of creators at our own home institutions who are generating other types of scholarly material.