Authority Control Backfile


ow can you make sure the people using your catalog discover all of the resources available in your collection? With Authorities Processing. When your catalog is consistent and accurate, resources are easier for patrons to find. MARCIVE will take your existing file of MARC bibliographic records and standardize:

  • Name headings
  • Series and uniform title headings
  • Subject headings
  • Genre headings

We use the most current version of the Library of Congress (LC), Library and Archives Canada (LAC), National Library of Medicine (MeSH), Genre (LCGFT and GSAFD), Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (TGM), Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT),  and Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST).  Our specialized body of software also corrects obsolete MARC tagging and other problems that affect display and indexing in your catalog.

Enrichment (Table of Contents, Fiction/Biography, and Summaries) can be added conveniently and affordably at the same time. Reading notes (Lexile Measures® and Accelerated Reader) can be added for free.

At the same time as authorities processing, we like to do as much good as possible. Bibliographic records can be brought up to RDA compliance.  This is a free option for standard processing, both for backfile and ongoing work.  Plus we can add linked data, with no cost to you!

Not sure what your catalog data really needs?  Let us take a look!  We’ll get a sample from you, have our team review and analyze it and make recommendations.  If authorities processing is what is needed, we can process up to 1,000 bibliographic records using our standard processing options.  Returned to you will be the cleaned up bib records, matching authorities records, and associated reports.  RDA Conversion and linked data can be added as well, so you can really see all the good we can do for your catalog.  To this free test, complete a Database Remediation Analysis Request.

Ready to use our Authorities Processing services?

When you are ready to start the process, contact a marketing representative for a version of the profile that you can fill in. Completing a profile is the first step to keeping your database current and consistent.


MARCIVE will be closed Dec. 23, 26, 30 and Jan. 2 for the winter holidays.

MARCIVE Enhances the U.S. Catalog of Government Publications
See the announcement from GPO's FDLP News & Events 

Illegal aliens: Part 2

New Year.  New Priorities.

LC changed the "Illegal alien" subject heading, among others.  Now what?

Go paperless!  In the coming year, we will no longer mail paper invoices.  Contact us with the email you want us to use for electronic invoicing.

15 new libraries to be added to the Cataloging Record Distribution Program for FREE cataloging

Need solutions for dealing with headings such as "Illegal Aliens"?  Learn how we assisted one customer.

Presentation on how our Comprehensive Notification Service can work in SirsiDynix Symphony.

New! QLSP Spanish language subject heading verification

New URI Enrichment Option

MARCIVE's Authorities Processing and RDA Conversion Services received Platinum distinction in the 2021 MLA Awards. Learn more.

Interested in learning more about outsourced authority control in the Ex Libris Alma system?  See our recent webinar from a current customer.

More about FAST headings

Alternative to FTP?  Yes!

On-Demand Webinar: Making eRecords More Findable

Need to send out an RFP for data remediation and authorities processing?  See our newly revised template.

Not able to do backfile authorities processing just now?  Explore your options.

New!  FAST access point creation

New!  Updated version of MarciveWeb SELECT released

Copying & pasting can cause havoc in MARC records

MARCIVE provides metadata conversion for catalog visibility

Looking for a new authorities vendor?  Contact us to learn about your various options.

MARCIVE Services for ExLibris Libraries : Consortium or Standalone

NEW!  Option for 34X fields creation during RDA conversion

MARCIVE Participates in GPO Webinar

Success story for LeRoy Collins Leon County

Added Benefits of Comprehensive Notification (CNS)

FAST Headings Now Examined

Lexile Beginning Reader Measures More Granular

Comprehensive Notification Service

Webinar to Help Complete the CRDP Profile

Options for Genre Terms

Check out our BLOG!

Why do RDA Conversion?

Check out revised sample RFP for authorities processing  here

MARCIVE provides RDA conversion for diverse libraries

Considering a backfile authorities processing project?
Check out our Backfile Authorities FAQ


Literature & Forms

Detailed Description of Authorities Services

Authorities Processing Profile - Complete and send to us to begin Authorities work

Authorities Profile Guide - Helpful in answering questions about how to fill out the Authorities Processing Profile

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