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UC San Diego NACO Review Parameters

  • These parameters are for individuals; UCSD is already off institutional review for all categories.

  • The review period is flexible; it is based on the number of records reviewed, usually about 30 records for each category. If the cataloger is still having some issues, more records beyond the 30 will be required.

  • Catalogers may at any time ask for consultation, especially when they are first starting out, about records where they aren’t sure what to do. This consultation can be in person or over email and any such records will not count in the review totals or error rates.

  • Catalogers will need to demonstrate ability with both easy and tough records in each category. There are six categories:
    • Conferences*
    • Corporate Names
    • Families**
    • Geographic Names**
    • Personal Names
    • Works/Expressions
      • *Note that while conferences are a subset of corporate bodies, we separate them into their own category since they have their own peculiarities.
      • **We do so few of these records here at UCSD that all should be sent to the NACO coordinator for review.

  • Error rates should be minimal. Errors in certain fields are more critical than others and break down as follows:
    • Access point fields (1XX, 4XX, 5XX): No more than 5% error rate.
    • Source data found field (670): No more than 5% error rate.
    • Element fields (046, 3XX): No more than 10% error rate.*
    • All other fields: No more than 15% error rate.
      • *The omission of optional elements is not an error. However, if an element is used as part of the authorized access point, it should also be in its own separate field.

  • Neglecting to do the required searching in the authority and bibliographic files is also considered an error and should not be more than 5%.

  • Once catalogers are off initial review for a category, they will do peer review with other catalogers for that category.

Written by Ryan Finnerty, October 2014
Approved by MS Unit Heads, November 2014