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1 Off - Road Authority Control Off-Road Authority Control Chris Long Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians May 29, 2014

2 What’s the crime?

3 A New outlaw Undifferentiated Personal Names

4 Today’s Focus Personal name headings Free resources Mostly U.S. But will we even need authority control in the future?

5 The Rise of the Discovery Layer Author and subject facets in discovery interfaces The cataloging sins that we’ve tried to hide are being brought back into the light

6 Importance of Controlled Vocabulary in a Linked Data Environment Linked data (Reader’s Digest version)  Use Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) to name and identify resources on the web  Use HTTP URIs so someone can find the resources  Have the information provided by the link be useful, and provide that information using standards, like RDF (Resource Description Framework) and SPARQL  Provide links to other URIs so people can discover related information --Philip Evan Schreur, “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution” LRTS 56 (4) : 2012 “Because machines are dumb, everything must be disambiguated.” --Attributed to Gordon Dunsire in the program “Authority Control in the Next Generation” at ALA Annual Conference, June 2011

7 What Can We Use to Differentiate Headings? Date of birth and/or death (RDA ) Fuller form of name (RDA ) Period of activity (RDA ) Profession or occupation (RDA ) Other term of rank, honour, or office (RDA ) Other designation (RDA )

8 Current Authors Organizational/Faculty websites  fuller forms of name, contact info Social media  Facebook, LinkedIn Colleagues at other libraries

9 Kühn, Elisabeth ǂ c (Intern) From Elisabeth Kühn’s LinkedIn page

10 Deceased Authors Can’t I just use Google? Of course you can! Thanks for your attention and enjoy the rest of the conference … Except … sometimes it works too well.

11 Death Indexes Social Security Death Index (SSDI)  name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962  includes over 89 million U.S. citizen death records  FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/ )https://familysearch.org/search/collection/  GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/)http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/

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13 Death Indexes Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records (  directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county  includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial records  links to sites which go back farther than the SSDI, depending on the locality  some sites are free, some are not

14 Tombstone Transcription Sites Birth/death dates, fuller forms of name Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com)www.findagrave.com USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project (www.usgwtombstones.org)www.usgwtombstones.org  Clearinghouse of links to projects across the United States Internment.net (www.interment.net)www.interment.net

15 Find a Grave to the Rescue

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17 When the Trail Gets Colder Obituary Sites  Google News Classic Archive (http://news.google.com/archivesearch)http://news.google.com/archivesearch  New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com)http://www.nytimes.com Census Records  Not only good for birth dates, but also for occupational information to use as qualifiers Occupational Registers

18 When the Trail Gets Colder Local Histories  Internet Archive  both American and Canadian local histories  Online County Histories, Biographies and Indexes (http://www.genealogybranches.com/countyhistories.html)http://www.genealogybranches.com/countyhistories.html  a state-by-state guide  State library and historical society digital collections  Google Books and HathiTrust Family Histories  Family History Books at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/)https://familysearch.org/  RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com)http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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21 Genealogical Sites Ancestry Library Edition (http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com)http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com  Might be available through your ProQuest subscription  billions of records  U.S., U.K., & Canadian census records  Social Security Death Index  United States & Canada obituary collections  birth, marriage, divorce, and death records from many countries Cyndi’s List (http://www.cyndislist.com/)http://www.cyndislist.com/  Categorized lists of links to:  biographical sources  birth/death records  census records  historical directories  local histories  newspaper archives  obituaries  occupational registers

22 Genealogical Sites USGenWeb Archives (http://www.usgwarchives.net/)http://www.usgwarchives.net/  arranged by state/county  biographies  birth/marriage/death records  census records  local directories  local histories  obituaries

23 References Marshall, L. (2012). Using Internet Resources to Research Dates of Birth and Death of Relatively Obscure Individual for Inclusion in Name Authority Records. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 50(1), Schreur, P. E. (2012). The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution. Library Resources & Technical Services, 56(4), Fields, L. (2012). Authority Control in the Next Generation. A Report of the LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group Program, American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June Technical Services Quarterly, 29(2),

24 Questions and Your Favorites?


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