I have sort of inherited authority control recently at my library, and I
want to find some way to automate some common workflows. I am looking for
an easy way to query blind name references against the LC Name Authority
master file. There is no API for searching it on the web, and the name file
itself is 10+ GB and hard to work with.
Here are options as I see them:
- Screen scrape the search engine at id.loc.gov.
- Load the 10+ GB name file into a local database to query
Does anyone have experience with either method? Does some other method
exist I am not aware of?
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University of Central Missouri
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