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University of Delaware Library joins prestigious NDSA, NACO organizations


9:54 a.m., March 5, 2014--The University of Delaware Library has recently joined two prestigious organizations, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) and the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).

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The University Library is a new member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, an outgrowth of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIP) of the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress and members of NDSA are committed to serving as digital stewards of America’s national digital collection and employing standards, systems and cooperative relationships that advance digital stewardship. 

NDSA members fulfill specified roles and responsibilities through working groups focused on content, standards and practices, infrastructure, innovation and outreach. 

The program representatives from the University Library are Gregg Silvis, associate university librarian for Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, and Julia Hamm, assistant to the vice provost, who will be the communication representative. 

The library will be involved with the Content Working Group, with L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, head of the Manuscripts and Archives Department, as the designated representative.

About NACO

The application of the University Library for membership in NACO, submitted to the Library of Congress in October 2013, was recently accepted.

NACO is a component of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), an international cooperative whose purpose is to expand access to library collections. 

NACO participants create the authorized forms of personal, corporate and jurisdictional names and uniform titles for usage in library catalog records.

Throughout October and November 2013, librarians in the Metadata Services Department in the University Library received in-depth NACO training. As participants in the first online/self-study NACO training, the librarians attended live webinars and completed extensive self-study requirements. 

Upon completion of the training, the library underwent a NACO review period during which all authority headings created or updated by UD librarians were carefully scrutinized by the coordinator of the NACO program.

While the review period normally lasts six months or longer, the University Library was granted NACO independence in January 2014, less than three months after completing training.

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