The UNBIS Name Authority File contains the
authorized, or established, forms of names -
corporate, meeting and uniform title -
to be used as access points in UNBIS bibliographic
and speech records.
also contains tracing fields for variant and related headings and
notes, recording such information as the sources used to establish the
heading and series treatment.
UNBIS reference manual provides instructions for creating name
authority records. In general, it adheres to Anglo-American
Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) and MARC 21 Format for Authority
Data guidelines but also reflects the practice
of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library which evolved in the pre-AACR2 and
pre-MARC environment to meet the challenging demand of describing UN
is supplemented by the UNBIS Guidelines for Name Authorities - Policies
and Practice, which cover in greater detail the
form of personal, corporate, conference and title headings found in the
Note: In the instructions which
follow, field and subfield repeatability/non-repeatability is indicated
by «R» or «NR».
by the Department of Public Information (DPI), Dag Hammarskjöld
Library. Comments as well as suggestions for further
additions/enhancements may be directed to the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.
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updated: 3 September 2009