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

What libraries are participating in this project?

  • Montana State Library
  • Montana Historical Society Research Center
  • University of Montana Mansfield Library
  • Missoula Public Library
  • State Law Library of Montana
  • Flathead County Library
  • Lewis & Clark Library

Need help?

Contact Cara Orban if you are already an existing NACO member and have questions.

Want to join?

Contact Cara Orban to learn more about NACO and about becoming a client or agent.