Authority Control for Digital Library Metadata

Jeremy Myntti
Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services
University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library

Nate Cothran
Vice President, Automated Services
Backstage Library Works

Thu., June 13, 2013
11:00 am–12:00 noon MDT / 10:00–11:00 am PDT
Via Wimba at

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library has been working with Backstage Library Works to come up with an automated solution for authorizing fields in digital library metadata to provide consistency and to improve access to collections. In addition to standardizing headings, this process will add links in the metadata records to the Library of Congress Linked Data Service ( in order to incorporate some linked data best practices. This presentation will consist of an overview of the need for authority control in metadata records, the process that Backstage Library Works and the Marriott Library are working to implement, and a detailed look at the changes that can be automated through this process.

Linked Open Data Cloud Diagram
Linked Open Data Cloud Diagram (from Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch,