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Leddy librarian an international “authority” on names
According to Jonathan Makepeace, bibliographic services librarian in the Leddy Library, libraries don’t just catalogue resources like books, journals, videos, etc. — they also catalogue the names of people and organizations, keeping track of things like acronyms, name changes, pseudonyms and "which Jane Smith wrote which books."~
It is all done using complex sets of rules to build shared “name authority” records through the Program for Cooperative Cataloging at the Library of Congress, and Makepeace was recently named the founding coordinator of a consortium of four major Canadian libraries seeking to share their expertise with others worldwide. He is also Canada’s first and only trainer for this kind of work, currently reviewing records prepared by librarians at Simon Fraser University.
So, if you’ve published a book and have changed your name, drop Makepeace a note. But if you’re wondering what more familiar name Quintus Curtius Snodgrass was known by, just check the library catalogue.