Monday, July 12, 2004

Spelling Errors & Typos

Using OCLC Connexion to find typographical errors in authority records by Jeffrey Beall appears in OCLC Systems & Services (2004) v. 20, no. 2 pp71-75
Typographical errors exist in bibliographic and authority records and can hinder patron access to library materials. Until recently, a widely available systematic approach to finding typographical errors in authority records did not exist. OCLC Connexion provides a keyword search capability of the Library of Congress Authority File, allowing librarians to find and report typographical errors in authority records. With some modifications, a list of common typographical errors in bibliographic records can be used to create a similar list for authority records. This effort will contribute to reducing the number of typographical errors in authority records.
Here is another area for those contributing to Typographical Errors in Library Databases. Because of efforts like these our catalogs are cleaner and better for our users.

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