Authority Control

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


This workshop was developed by MOTSE (Minnesota Opportunities for Technical Services Excellence). It offers a full day of intermediate level presentation, discussion, and practice in authority control.

Topics covered include:
• Multiple goals of authority control
• Rules governing authority control practice
• MARC21 authority record format
• Rules and conventions of name, subject, series, and work authority control
• System implementation
• Current issues in authority control

The session provides participants with a thorough overview of the principles and techniques of library authority control. Ideally participants should be familiar with the content of the MOTSE Access session, which focuses specifically on selecting bibliographic entry terms and formulating headings for access. The MOTSE Authority Control session focuses on how headings and references are implemented using automated authority control systems, not on AACR2 rules for constructing headings.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced catalogers and any library staff person involved in managing the quality of the online catalog.


The “Cataloging Basics: Access” session (a MOTSE workshop), or experience selecting bibliographic entry terms and formulating headings.