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Name Authority Cooperative

Name Authority Cooperative

The Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) is the name authority record creation and maintenance arm of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging within the Library of Congress. A NACO funnel allows regional cataloging libraries to individually create new name authority records but share a central coordinator. A funnel project also gives member libraries better opportunity to meet the 100-200 minimum required new authorities per year, since the total is counted by funnel.

How does it work?

Members create name authority records using OCLC's Connexion cataloging tool. Records are then submitted to the Library of Congress. Montana NACO funnel members primarily create name authority records for Montana personal and corporate authors, Montana performers, Montana state agencies and Montana geographic place names. These records are searchable online at

Please contact the State Library for more information about the Montana NACO funnel.