Acronyms and Definitions
Use these sources to decipher acronyms and abbreviations in the field of IS.
- Acronyms, Symbols & Abbreviations For general guides to acronyms and abbreviations, see the “Acronyms, Symbols and Abbreviations” page maintained by the Reference, Research and Government Information Services department.
- ALA & LIS Acronyms Decodes acronyms for units, divisions, roundtables, committees and publications of the American Library Association; acronyms for other library and related organizations; and abbreviations commonly used in the library literature.
- CoSA- key terms and acronyms used by archivists and records administrators
Find a library (or at least its website).
- lib-web-cats: An International Directory of Libraries Links to library websites and online catalogs worldwide. Data on each library includes address, size of collection, and current and previous library automation systems.
- Libraries411 Find libraries near your current location or search by name or ZIP code.
- LibrarySpot.com Links to general and specialized directories of libraries.
- Libweb: Library Servers via WWW A directory of library websites in 146 countries, organized geographically and searchable by keyword.
- Search for Public Libraries Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, search for libraries by name, location, service population, operating income, etc.
- State Library Websites Links to all fifty state library agencies.
Email Discussion Lists (list-servs)
Email discussion lists are a vital channel for professional networking among librarians.
This page points to directories of email lists. It also includes all listservs that are mentioned on other pages within this site.
- AcqNet-L: The Acquisitions Librarians Electronic Network An email list “for acquisitions librarians and others interested in acquisitions work.”
- ALA Mailing List Service Central site for subscribing to email lists of the various groups within the American Library Association.
- css-discuss.org An email list devoted to cascading style sheets (CSS), accompanied by a wiki that includes many examples.
- DCRM-L Discussion list for the Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM).
- Library Listservs From the Library of Congress, a list of library-related email lists.
- LISwiki : Discussion GroupsIdentifies and links to email discussion lists in the following categories: General; Associations; Computing; Departments; Employment; New Librarians; Subjects; Vendors; Youth-Children.
- PUBLIB Electronic Discussion List An email list “for public librarians and those interested in public libraries.”
- PUBYACA discussion list for young adult and children’s librarians.
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) SHARP is a global scholarly organization for historians of print culture. The library has a subscription to their journal, Book History, and the organization also offers a discussion list, SHARP-L.
- Web4LibA busy email discussion list for library-based web managers. Archives may be searched and browsed.
- ALA Library Fact Sheets
Prepared by the staff of the ALA Library to answer frequently asked questions about libraries and librarianship.
- ALA Professional Tips Wiki
A rich set of links selected by ALA staff on a number of topics.
A cooperatively created and maintained “niche encyclopedia covering library-related issues.”
This blog is frequently updated with news and resources of interest to librarians.
- Portal: Library & Information Science
A section within Wikipedia which categorizes and leads to articles on IS topics.
- UNESCO Libraries Portal
“An international gateway to information for librarians and library users.”