Library Speak: Acronym and Abbreviation Cheat Sheet

American Library Association (ALA) Library-Related Acronyms and Initialisms
California Digital Library (CDL) Glossary of Digital Library Terms
UC Academic Senate Acronyms Glossary
UC Library Groups A to Z
ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science

Acronym /
MeaningAffiliation / Extent
AACR2Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second EditionInternational
AAUAssociation of American UniversitiesNational
ACRLAssociation of College and Research LibrariesALA
AECart exhibition catalog 
AFTAmerican Federation of TeachersNational
AGAdministrative GroupUCSB Library
ARESAutomating ReservesAtlas Systems, Inc.
ARKarchival resource key 
ALMAAlma Cloud-Based Library Platform ServiceEx Libris
APIapplication programming interface 
APMAcademic Personnel ManualUC
ARLAssociation of Research LibrariesInternational
ARSCAssociation for Recorded Sound Collections 
AULassociate university librarian 
BIbibliographic instruction 
CAARCommittee on Appointments, Assignments and ReassignmentsLAUC-SB
CAPCommittee on Advancement and PromotionLAUC-SB
CARLCalifornia Academic and Research LibrariesACRL
CBSconsortial borrowing software 
CDLCalifornia Digital LibraryUCOP
CEDICommittee on Equity, Diversity, and InclusionUCSB Library
CEMACalifornia Ethnic and Multicultural ArchivesUCSB Library
Special Collections
CFPcall for papers 
CFTCalifornia Federation of TeachersAFT
CICCommittee on Institutional CooperationMidwest, U.S.
CIGcommon interest group 
CJKChinese, Japanese, and Korean 
CKGCommon Knowledge GroupUC Libraries
CLACalifornia Library AssociationState
CLIIRCommittee on Library, Information, and Instructional ResourcesUCSB Academic Senate,
CLIRCouncil on Library and Information ResourcesInternational
(see LOCKSS)
CMScourse management software; citation management software 
CNICoalition for Networked InformationInternational
CoULCouncil of University LibrariansUC Libraries
COUNTERCounting Online Usage of Networked Electronic ResourcesInternational
CREATECenter for Research in Electronic Art TechnologyUCSB Music Dept
CResCourse ReservesUCSB Library
CRIRCouncil on Research and Instructional ResourcesUCSB Academic Senate
CRLCenter for Research LibrariesInternational
CSDCollection Services DivisionUCSB Library
CSLCalifornia State LibraryState
CTDcall to discard 
CTNColección Tloque NahuaqueUCSB Library
CUECoalition of University EmployeesUC
DACSDescribing Archives: A Content StandardSociety of American Archivists
DAHRDiscography of American Historical RecordingsUCSB Library
DAMdigital asset management 
DLDDigital Library DevelopmentUCSB Library
DMPData Management PlanCDL
DOCDirection and Oversight CommitteeUC Libraries
DOIdigital object identifier 
DPRDigital Preservation RepositoryCDL
DSRDepartmental Safety RepresentativeUCSBEHS
EADEncoded Archival DescriptionLibrary of Congress
EDIelectronic data interchange 
EDVREncyclopedic Discography of Victor RecordingsUCSB Library
EGSLEthnic and Gender Studies LibraryUCSB Library
EHSEnvironmental Health and SafetyUCSB
ELEx LibrisInternational
ERESElectronic ReservesUCSB Library
ERMSelectronic resources management system 
ETDselectronic theses and dissertations 
EVCExecutive Vice ChancellorUCSB
EZIDEasy ID (long-term digital identifier)CDL
FASTFaceted Application of Subject TerminologyOCLC
FRBRFunctional Requirements for Bibliographic Records IFLA
ICOLCInternational Coalition of Library ConsortiaInternational
IHCInterdisciplinary Humanities CenterUCSB
ILinformation literacy 
ILLInterlibrary Loan 
ILSintegrated library system (e.g. Alma) 
ISOInternational Organization for Standardization 
ISTLIssues in Science and Technology LibrarianshipALAACRLSTS
JSCJoint Steering Committee on Shared CollectionsCDL
LAUCLibrarians Association of the University of CaliforniaUC
LAUC-SBLibrarians Association of the University of California
– Santa Barbara
UCSB Library
LC Library of CongressUSA
LCGFTLibrary of Congress Genre/Form TermsLibrary of Congress
LCMPTLibrary of Congress Medium of Performance ThesaurusLibrary of Congress
LCSHLibrary of Congress Subject HeadingsLibrary of Congress
LHRlocal holdings record 
LITLibrary Instruction TeamUCSB Library
LITALibrary and Information Technology
LLAMALibrary Leadership and Management AssociationALA
LOCKSSLots of Copies Keep Stuff SafeInternational
LOMlearning object metadata 
MARCMachine-Readable CatalogingInternational
METSMetadata Encoding and Transmission StandardLibrary of Congress
MLAModern Language AssociationNational
MLAMusic Library AssociationNational
MODSMetadata Encoding and Transmission StandardLibrary of Con\gress
MOLMelvyl Operations LiaisonsCDL
MOTMelvyl Operations TeamCDL
MOUMemorandum of Understanding, Professional Librarians Unit, American Federation of TeachersUC
MPLPmore product, less process 
NDIPPNational Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program
Library of Congress
NGDANational Geospatial Digital ArchiveUCSB and other partners
NGTSNext Generation Technical ServicesUC Libraries
NISONational Information Standards OrganizationNational
NRLFNorthern Regional Library FacilityUC Libraries
OACOnline Archive of CaliforniaCalifornia
OCAOpen Content AllianceInternational
OCLCOnline Computer Library CenterInternational
OITOffice of Information TechnologyUCSB
ORUorganized research unit 
OSCOffice of Scholarly CommunicationUC
PCCProgram for Cooperative CatalogingLibrary of Congress
PIDpersistent identifier 
PDApatron driven acquisition 
PIRpatron initiated request 
POTs Power of Three groupsUC LibrariesNGTS
PRIMOPrimo Library Discovery ServiceEx Libris
PURLpersistent uniform resource locator 
RDAResource Description and AccessInternational
ReADSResource Acquisition and Discovery ServicesUCSB Library
RLResource LiaisonCDL
RLFRegional Library Facilities (NRLF and
UC Libraries
RLUKResearch Libraries UKUnited Kingdom
RPDResearch and Professional Development CommitteeLAUC-SB
RUSAReference and User Services Association
SAASociety of American Archivists 
SCASociety of Californian Archivists
SCILSouthern California Instruction LibrariansCARL (California Academic and Research Libraries)
SCPShared Cataloging ProgramCDL
SELSciences-Engineering LibraryUCSB Library
SILSUC Systemwide Integrated Library SystemUC Libraries
SLASpecial Libraries AssociationInternational
SLASIACSystemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory CommitteeUCOP
SLFBShared Library Facilities BoardUC Libraries
SNIPSource-Normalized Impact Factor per Paper 
SPARCScholarly Publishing & Academic Resources CoalitionARL
SPIPshared print in place 
SRLFSouthern Regional Library FacilityUC Libraries
SSHASocial Sciences and Humanities approval planUCSB Library with
STEPSummer Transitional Enrichment ProgramUCSB
SUSHIStandardized Usage Statistics Harvesting
SWOTstrengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats 
TFtask force 
UC3University of California Curation CenterCDL
UC-AFTUniversity Council – American Federation of TeachersUC
UCENUniversity CenterUCSB
UCLASUniversity of California Libraries Advisory StructureUC Libraries
UCOLASCUniversity Committee on Library and Scholarly CommunicationUC
Academic Senate
UCOPUniversity of California Office of the PresidentUC
ULUniversity Librarian 
UPTEUniversity Professional and Technical EmployeesCWA
VDXVirtual Document eXchangeOCLC
VLEvirtual learning environment 
VPNvirtual private network (see Using the VPN for Accessing the Library Databases) 
VRAVisual Resources Association 
WASWeb Archiving Service
WASCWestern Association of Schools and Colleges 
WESTWestern Regional Storage TrustWestern U.S.
YBPYankee Book Peddler
(book vendor for UCSB Library)

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