[Koha] Authorities help

kdr at ckls.org kdr at ckls.org
Fri Sep 18 13:38:39 NZST 2009

Authorities are used to standardize the way information is displayed,
especially in relation to authors, subjects, series titles, etc.

This is not a Koha innovation, it is one of the standards of library
cataloging. An online version of the most widely used source in the U.S.
can be found at 

The Koha set up is somewhat clunky, but is at least a beginning in trying
to make things standardized. The first improvement I would suggest is the
ability to import LC authority headings into Koha...


Kathleen D. Rippel
Pathfinder Central, manager
Central Kansas Library System

Original Message:
From: scott scott at sedc.k12.ut.us
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:05:07 -0600
To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
Subject: [Koha] Authorities help

What are the authorities for? I cant find a explanation for them, I am
trying to edit the 100 $a field, i figured out how to add authorities,
do a search for that authority to stick it in the 100$a field, but whats
the point? I could just turn them off, would it have a great affect on

Thanks. For those that reply.


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