Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Glossary of Library & Information Science

Glossary of Library & Information Science

Glossary of Library & Information Science is a glossary of terms and acronyms of librarianship, library science, information science, information technology, and knowledge organization & management. Consider the glossary as a free Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science. The entries of the glossary are given an encyclopedic treatment, they are far more exhaustive than a typical glossary or dictionary entry which in many cases are equivalent to an article in an Encyclopedia of Library of Information Science. The glossary will include everything from traditional library terms to a vocabulary of modern avenues in information science and technology. Glossary entries will include anything and everything required for an advanced study and reference on the Library and Information Science (LIS) topics. Individual entries in the LIS glossary appear in a blog article in the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog. Glossary entries are revised from time to time, as required, to present the most up-to-date information on the subject. At the same time, new articles are continuously being added to the glossary. Glossary of Library and Information Science will become an essential part of every library’s and librarian’s reference collection and will also be helpful to librarians, LIS i-School Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) & Ph.D. students, researchers, and IT professionals. 


Glossary of Library & Information Science is authored by Salman Haider for the librarians all across the globe. Salman Haider is a library science blogger and creator of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology and Resource Description and Access (RDA) blogs, among six other blogs. His blog articles required definition and description of the key terms be included in the articles. But it was not feasible to include definitions of key terms included therein the articles itself. So the idea of Glossary of Library and Information Science came with the definition of key terms used in Library and Information Science which could be provided as hyperlinks in the blog articles for further reference. Later its scope was expanded beyond that of a usual glossary to include anything and everything required for an advanced study and reference on the Library and Information Science (LIS) topics.


Glossary of Library & Information Science aims to support the purpose of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


The word-by-word method of filing is used; acronyms and abbreviations, whether pronounceable or not, are treated as words and filed in the alphabetical sequence in their appropriate place. Words separated by a hyphen are treated as a single word. Where there is a choice between a full term and an acronym, the entry appears under whichever is likely to be more commonly found in the literature, with a reference from alternative expression. Sub-pages to the glossary are also created, starting from A to Z, listing preferred terms in the glossary and referring from unused terms as references, which then redirect to preferred terms. Links to these pages are given below.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


All librarians and information professionals may use information from Glossary of Library and Information Science for their writings and research, with proper attribution and citation. I would appreciate it if you would let me know, too!



Library and Information Science Encyclopedia is a collection of articles of Glossary of Library & Information Science which are written in an encyclopedic manner providing in-depth details about the subject.

  • Salman Haider - Librarian Cataloger Author Blogger 

  • Last Updated: 2018-11-12 
  • Original Published Date: 2015-04-26 


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Feedback, testimonials, and reviews of Glossary of Library & Information Science of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog received from users all over the world. Some are summarized below, along with discussion about and links to Glossary of Library and Information Science:

  • Michael Bemis, MLIS [2015-05] -- When fully fleshed out, this lexicon will serve as a valuable tool for all LIS professionals, but especially for librarians in training and those new to the field. 
  • Scott Jones [2015-05] -- This is pretty cool. Wish something like this had existed a few years ago to help wrap my head around all the acronyms we had to learn in Library School. 
  • Nellie Mwandoloma [2015-05] -- Wonderful job! 
  • Lucy Belinda Naidoo [2015-05] -- This is really awesome. 
  • Lucky Oghenetega [2015-05] -- This is great work and useful resource 
  • Jennifer Closson [2015-05] -- Very useful for those still in graduate school, thanks! 

  • Dr. N. S. Harinarayana, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysore, India [July 3, 2016] -- Congrats for publishing the glossary. The glossary, I hope, benefits the students, teachers, and researchers. 

  • Navnit Patel -- Great job work 
  • Kamlesh Vyas -- Sir: Really nice and very useful resource. 

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