Thursday, February 09, 2006

Confused by Library Jargon?

The next time you're perplexed about library jargon, check out Colorado State University Libraries' "Glossary of Library Terms" and "Library Lingo" webpages. The Glossary of Library Terms explains terms common to most, if not all, libraries. Library Lingo was written with CSU Libraries in mind; but many of the terms are common to other libraries.

For example, if a librarian tells you to be sure to check the "Pocket Part" when you're doing statutory research in print and you're too embarassed to ask what a "Pocket Part" is, Library Lingo will explain that a Pocket Part consists of "[u]pdates to a title that is inserted in a pocket inside the back cover which are usually superseded."