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[edit] Definition

A shortened form of a written word or phrase used for brevity in place of the whole, commonly made by omitting letters from one or more parts.

Examples:

  • assoc for association
  • BTW for by the way
  • aka for also known as

[edit] Library Abbreviations

Library-related acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

[edit] A

  • A&I - Abstracting and Indexing
  • AACR2 - Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Second Edition
  • AALL - American Association of Law Libraries
  • AASL - American Association of School Librarians
  • ABAA - Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
  • ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries
  • AHIP - Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • ALA - American Library Association
  • ALC - Americans for Libraries Council
  • ALCTS - Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
  • ALISE - Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • ALOHA - Astronomy Librarians of Hawaii Association
  • ANSI - American National Standards Institute
  • ARL - Association of Research Libraries
  • ARLIS/ANZ - Arts Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • ARLIS/NA - Art Libraries Society of North America
  • ARLIS/UK & Ireland - Arts Libraries Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • ARMA International - Association of Records Managers and Administrators International
  • ASCII - American Standard Code for Information Interchange
  • ASIS - American Society for Information Science (and Technology)
  • ASTED - Association pour l'avancement des Sciences et TEchniques de la Documentation
  • AV - Audio-Visual

[edit] B

  • BALID - Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists
  • BFM - Bibliographic File Maintenence
  • BI - Bibliographic Instruction
  • BIBCO - the monographic BIBliographic record COmponent of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging
  • BL - British Library
  • BPL - Boston Public Library
  • BIP - Books In Print
  • BnF - Bibliothèque nationale de France

[edit] C

  • CAHSL - Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians
  • CDA - Communications Decency Act
  • CD-R - Compact Disc-Recordable
  • CD-ROM - Compact Disc Read-Only Memory
  • CD-RW - Compact Disc ReWritable
  • CDS - Cataloging Distribution Service (Library of Congress)
  • CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • CIP - Cataloging-In-Publication
  • CLA - Canadian Library Association
  • CLIR - Council on Library & Information Resources
  • CNI - Coalition for Networked Information
  • CONSER - Cooperative ONline SERials (PCC component)
  • CPSO - Cataloging Policy and Support Office (Library of Congress)
  • CV - Curriculum Vitae
  • CDS/ISIS - Computerised Documentation Services Intregated Set of Information System
  • COMLA - Common Welth Library Association

[edit] D

  • ddb - die Deutsche Bibliothek (German National Library)
  • DDC - Dewey Decimal Classification
  • DDS - Document Delivery Service
  • DOI - Digital Object Identifier
  • DIRKS - Design and Implementation of Recordkeeping Systems
  • DCM Z1 - Descriptive Cataloging Manual Z1 ("Yellow Pages")
  • DMCA - Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • DRM - Digital Rights Management
  • DVD - Digital Video Disc

[edit] E

  • ERIC - Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse

[edit] F

  • FDLP - Federal Depotisitory Library Program
  • FRBR - Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records

[edit] G

  • GIF - Graphics Interchange Format
  • GIS - Geographic Information Systems
  • GPO - Government Printing Office
  • GUI - Graphical User Interface

[edit] H

  • HR - Human Resources
  • HTML - HyperText Markup Language
  • HTTP - HyperText Transfer Protocol
  • HTTPS - HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure

[edit] I

  • IALL - International Association of Law Libraries
  • IAMSLIC - International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers
  • IB - Information Behavior
  • IE - Internet Explorer
  • IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • III - Innovative Interfaces, Incorporated
  • ILL - InterLibrary loan
  • IMLS - Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • ISBD - International Standard Bibliographic Description
  • ISBN - International Standard Book Number
  • ISC - Information for Social Change (Advocacy group : United Kingdom)
  • ISP - Internet Service Provider
  • ISSN - International Standard Serial Number
  • IT - Information Technology

[edit] J

  • JAKE - Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment
  • JPEG - Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • JSTOR - Journal STORage

[edit] K

  • KWIC - KeyWord In Context
  • KWOC - KeyWord Out of Context

[edit] L

  • LAB - Library Association of Bangladesh
  • LAN - Local Area Network
  • LC - Library of Congress
  • LCC - Library of Congress Classification
  • LCCN - Library of Congress Control Number
  • LCRI - Library of Congress Rule Interpretation(s)
  • LCSH - Library of Congress Subject Headings, aka "The Big Red Books"
  • LFF - LIbrarians For Fairnesss
  • LIS - Library and Information Science (common abbreviation)
  • LISA - Library and Information Science Abstracts
  • LISA - Library and Information Services in Astronomy
  • LISBd - Librarians and Information Scientists, Bangladesh
  • LITA - Library and Information Technology Association
  • LOCKSS - Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe
  • LTTE - Letter To The Editor

[edit] M

[edit] N

  • NACO - the Name Authority COmponent of the PCC
  • NAMTC - National Association of Media & Technology Centers
  • NAR - Name Authority Record
  • NASIG - North American Serials Interest Group
  • NCLIS - National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
  • ND - No Date
  • NISC - National Information Services Corporation
  • NISO - National Information Standards Organization
  • NLA - Nevada Library Association
  • NN/LM - National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • NTIS - National Technical Information Service
  • NUC National Union Catalog
  • NYPL - New York Public Library

[edit] O

  • OCLC - Online Computer Library Center
  • ODLIS - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science
  • OED - Oxford English Dictionary
  • OP - Out of Print
  • OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog
  • OS - Out of Stock

[edit] P

  • PC - Personal Computer
  • PCC - Program for Cooperative Cataloging (Library of Congress)
  • PDF - Portable Document Format
  • PLG - Progressive Librarians Guild (Advocacy group : chiefly United States)
  • PMOLIB - Prime Minister's Office Library
  • PO - Purchase Order
  • PPL - Peace Palace Library
  • PLA - Pakistan Library Association

[edit] R

  • RA - Readers' Advisory
  • RAK - Regeln für Alphabetische Katalogisierung
  • RDA - Resource Description and Access
  • RDF - Resource Description Framework
  • RFID - Radio Frequency IDentification
  • RFK - Regeln für die Formalkatalogisierung
  • RFP - Request For Proposal
  • RIM - Records and Information Management
  • RLG - Research Libraries Group
  • RSS - Multiple, depending on the version
  • RSWK - Regeln für den Schlagwortkatalog
  • RUSA - Reference and Users Services Association

[edit] S

  • SAA - Society of American Archivists
  • SACO - the Subject Authority COmponent of the PCC
  • SCCTP - Serial Cataloging Cooperative Training Program
  • SCM - Subject Cataloging Manual (Library of Congress)
  • SIC code - Standard Industrial Classification code
  • SLA - Special Libraries Association
  • SMS reference - Short Message Service reference
  • SPARC - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  • SRRT - Social Responsibilities Round Table (American Library Association)
  • SSL - Secure sockets layer
  • SuDoc - Superintendent of Documents

[edit] T

  • TOC - Table Of Contents
  • t.p. - Title page

[edit] U

  • UDC - Universal Decimal Classification
  • URI - Unifrom Resource Indicator
  • URL - Uniform Resource Locator
  • USA PATRIOT Act - Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus
  • VHS - Video Home System
  • WLIC - World Library and Information Congress

[edit] V

  • VPN - Virtual Private Network
  • vlog - Video (web-)log.

[edit] W

  • WAN - Wide Area Network
  • WWW - World Wide Web

[edit] Z

[edit] Other Resources

For a more exhaustive list of library abbreviations, see:

  • All Acronyms - a searchable database of acronyms and abbreviations
  • Harrod's librarians' glossary and reference book: a directory of over 10,200 terms, organizations, projects and acronyms in the areas of information management, library science, publishing and archive management. 2005. Raymond John Prytherch, Editor. ISBN: 0754640388
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