Acronyms and Terms

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Acronyms and Terms


  AALL American Association of Law Libraries. An advocacy, professional development and educational group for libraries and librarians in the U.S. legal community.
  ABAA Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.
  Abrams Foundation Supported the genealogy collection at the Library of Michigan.
  AccessMichigan Now called MeL. A collaborative project of Michigan libraries to provide electronic information sources to the libraries and residents of Michigan. It includes databases.
  ACRL Association of College and Research Libraries, a membership division within the American Library Association.
  ALA American Library Association.
  Allen County Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Known for its large genealogy collection. Subscription genealogy Web site with many searchable databases.
  ANSWER Library of Michigan online catalog.
  ARL Association of Research Libraries. An advocacy, training and research group representing 122 principal research libraries in the United States and Canada.


  Braille and Talking Book Library A national program for people who cannot read standard print due to a visual or physical disability. Administered by the Michigan Commission for the Blind and housed within the Library of Michigan.
  Burton Historical Collection Historical and genealogical collection at the Detroit Public Library.


  CADL Capital Area District Library. Public library for the Lansing area with 13 branches.
  CFR Code of Federal Regulations. Compilation of regulations from federal agencies.
  CIPA Children's Internet Protection Act.
  COLD Council of State University Library Deans and Directors. A group of Michigan college and university library deans or directors that works together on common-interest issues.
  Coop A library cooperative. Pronounced "co-op." A group that facilitates resource-sharing, funding, group purchasing and other services for member libraries.
  COSAL Council of State Agency Libraries. Michigan state government agency library staff who work together on common-interest issues.
  COSLA Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (ALA). Cooperative group of heads of state and territorial library agencies. Addresses issues of common concern.
  CSG Council of State Governments. See STARS. A group providing research products, training, etc., with state government information.


  Database A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval.


  eBooks Electronic books.
  E-rate See USF.


  FCC Federal Communications Commission.
  FDLP Federal Depository Library Program.
  FirstSearch A collection of online indexes (scholarly and general) provided for Michigan libraries through MeL.
  FSCS Federal-State Cooperatives Statistics.
  FY Fiscal year.
  FAQ Frequently asked questions


  GENDIS Genealogical Death Indexing System, Michigan. An electronic index of 19th century Michigan death ledgers from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Indexing is done on a volunteer basis by local genealogy societies.
  Gene Short for genealogy and pronounced "genie." Also sometimes used to refer to genealogy patrons or the genealogy collection.
  GIS Geographic(al) Information System(s).
  GODORT Government Documents Round Table. Pronounced "go-dort." American Library Association group dedicated to advocacy and continuing education in the field of government information.
  Gongwer Daily newsletter covering Michigan state government.
  GPO U.S. Government Printing Office.


  HTML HyperText Markup Language.


  ID Mail Interdepartmental mail. The mail service that delivers mail among State of Michigan departments.
  IFLA International Federation of Library Associations. Advocacy group for libraries and library groups.
  iii Innovative Interfaces Inc. The vendor for LM's online catalog. Also used to refer to the catalog itself. Pronounced "triple-I.".
  ILL Interlibrary loan.
  ILS Integrated Library System. A library automation system that has multiple modules, such as a circulation system, a bibliographic database and an online public access catalog (OPAC).
  IPL Internet Public Library. A Web site run by the University of Michigan School of Information. It is a collection of quality Internet resources.
  IMLS Institute for Museum and Library Services.
  IPEDS Integrated Post-secondary Educational Data System.
  IT Information technology.


  Library cooperative Pronounced "co-op." A group that facilitates resource-sharing, funding, group purchasing and other services for member libraries.
  LC Library of Congress.
  LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also known as the Mormon Church. Many local churches have Family History Centers devoted to genealogy research. The main LDS library is in Salt Lake City.
  LIS Library and information studies.
  LLIC Lansing Library and Information Center. The downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library, located in the Clarence H. Rosa building on the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Capitol Avenue.
  LM Library of Michigan [preferred abbreviation].
  LM4X Library of Michigan former newsletter, replaced by "LM Dispatch." Gives updates on Library of Michigan and statewide library issues.
  LOM Library of Michigan.
  LSTA Library Services and Technology Act.


  Main The collection of circulating materials housed on the 3rd & 4th floors is known as the Main collection.
  MAIN Michigan Administrative Information Network.
  MAME Michigan Association for Media in Education. An advocacy, professional development and educational group for K-12 school library media professionals in Michigan.
  MARC Machine-Readable Cataloging.
  MCGI Michigan Center for Geographic Information. A unit within the Department of Information Technology. Provides access to U.S. statistical mapping and geographic information.
  MCL Michigan Compiled Laws.
  MCLA Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated.
  MeL Michigan eLibrary.
  MeLCat Michigan eLibrary Catalog. The statewide resource sharing system with a union catalog of Michigan library holdings.
  MeL Michigana Digitized historical resources from around Michigan including photographs of people, places and objects; diaries of Civil War soldiers; unique local histories and much more.
  Merit Merit Network Inc. Operates MichNet and is active in Internet networking.
  MGC Michigan Genealogical Council. Coordinates activities and seminars of Michigan genealogical societies.
  Mich/ALL Michigan Association of Law Libraries. A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. Provides professional development and continuing education opportunities.
  Michiganlegislature Web site with Michigan Compiled Laws and Michigan Administrative Code and other current information about the Michigan Legislature.
  Michnet Statewide computer network operated by Merit Network Inc., which provides Internet access for computers and local area networks in Michigan.
  MiCTA An association of education, government and nonprofit groups that negotiates telecommunication services and acts as an information clearinghouse for members.
  MIRS Michigan Information and Research Services. A legislative reporting service.
  MLA Michigan Library Association. The Michigan Library Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support of its members, to the advancement of librarianship, and to the promotion of quality library service for all Michigan citizens.
  MCLS Michigan Library Consortium. MLC is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of Michigan libraries. MLC provides libraries a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing and technical support for electronic resources.
  MoCAT Catalog of Government Publications formerly known as the Monthly Catalog. A catlog of materials available through the Government Printing Office.
  MSDCP Michigan State Data Center Program [Michigan State Data Center/Business and Industry Data Center]. A cooperative initiative between the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the State of Michigan to provide demographic and economic statistics to government, business and the general public.


  NARA National Archives and Records Administration. NARA holds and handles public access to many materials important to genealogists.
  NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures. A bipartisan organization that serves state legislatures through research, publications and training.
  NGS National Genealogical Society. An advocacy, standards, educational and research group for U.S. genealogists.
  NTIS National Technical Information Service. Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sells copies of technical reports produced by various federal agencies and contractors.


  OPAC Online Public Access Catalog. An automated, online version of the card catalog.


  PLA Public Library Association.
  PLFIG Public library funding initiative group. A grassroots effort working to provide enhanced funding for Michigan public libraries.


  REMC Regional Educational Media Center.
  RLG Research Libraries Group. International group promoting access, sharing and preservation of research and scholarly materials.
  ROC Region of Cooperation. A network of multitype libraries working together on resource-sharing and services. Pronounced "rock.".


  SDC State Data Center. Provides access to demographic data on Michigan. Formerly part of the Michigan Information Center. See also MCGI.
  SIRS Social Issues Resources Series.
  SLA Special Libraries Association. An advocacy, professional development and continuing education group for private, corporate, government and other types of special libraries.
  SSDI Social Security Death Index.
  SuDoc Superintendent of Documents. Classification system used by the GPO for federal government documents.


  THOMAS Library of Congress Web site of federal legislative information.
  TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf.


  UMI University Microfilms Inc. Now ProQuest. Vendor of online databases and microfilm resources.
  USF Universal Service Fund. Federal program to give schools and libraries discounts on telecommunication fees and Internet services. Administered by the FCC. Result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  USNP U.S. Newspaper Project.


  Wi-Fi Wireless fidelity. Refers to 802.11 wireless networks.

Updated 07/28/2014