I received this heartwarming message from a cataloger this morning, who
"So, I had an Arabic name to enter into a record as part of a note, and
I wasn't confident about the diacritics. So, I look in the authority
file to temporarily download it, copy the form of the name, and then
move on. Couldn't find the name in OCLC. Look in Wikipedia under his
common name - bingo. Even better, Wikipedia has a link to VIAF, double
bingo! With the authorized form from VIAF, I could readily find the
record in OCLC (I was tempted to copy the name form directly from VIAF,
but didn't want to push my luck.) The miracles of an interconnected
I asked if I could share with the Wikipedia community, and he added:
"By all means! The name in question was Aziz Ali al-Misri. The
corresponding Wikipedia article is at:
Thank you for your efforts! It made my work in my catalog possible!!"
The Wikipedia link was added by the VIAFbot, written by Max Klein,
Andrew Gray and others.
Huzzah! Let's hear it for connections!
Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
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