IMHO? HTH?

Are you ever puzzled by all the acronyms that appear in emails?  We certainly are sometimes.  This site, Acronym Finder, is extremely useful for discovering just what all those letters or initials mean.

Acronym Finder

Another good site for finding out what those endless library acronyms mean is the Acronyms page on the ALA (American Library Association) Professional Tips Wiki.

ALA Wiki

We’re going to try out a new Acronym of the Day widget on the right side of our blog.  Let us know what you think!

Previous Acronyms of the Day: 

November 2, 2007 – IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
November 5, 2007 – HTH – Hope That Helps
November 6, 2007 – ALCTS – Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
November 7, 2007 – RFP – Request for Proposal
November 8, 2007 – CODI – Customers of Dynix Inc.
November 9, 2007 – MLA – Michigan Library Association, Modern Language Association, Medical Library Association, Music Library Association
November 12, 2007 – FWIW – For What It’s Worth
November 13, 2007 – SLA – Special Libraries Association
November 14, 2007 – DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
November 15, 2007 – IIRC – If I remember correctly
November 16, 2007 – OCLC – Online Computer Library Center
November 19, 2007 – WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get
November 20, 2007 – NLM – National Library of Medicine
November 21, 2007 – OTOH – On the other hand
November 26, 2007 – HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
November 27, 2007 – IFLA – International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
November 28, 2007 – OPAC – Online Public Access Catalog
November 29, 2007 – OED – Oxford English Dictionary
November 30, 2007 – ISBN – International Standard Book Number
December 3, 2007 – FRBR – Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records
December 4, 2007 – RDA – Resource Description & Access
December 5, 2007 – TIA – Thanks in Advance
December 6, 2007 – LAC – Library and Archives Canada, Library of American Civilization
December 7, 2007 – NARA – National Archives & Records Administration (US)
December 10, 2007 – NAL – National Agricultural Library
December 11, 2007 – GPO – Government Printing Office
December 12, 2007 – PDF – Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat)
December 13, 2007 – TTBOMK – To the Best of My Knowledge
December 14, 2007 – XML – eXtensible Markup Language
December 18, 2007 – MARC – Machine Readable Cataloging
December 19, 2007 – IMLS – Institute of Museum and Library Services
December 20, 2007 – ISBD – International Standard Bibliographic Description
December 21, 2007 – CSS – Cascading Style Sheet
January 2, 2008 – RSS – Really Simple Syndication
January 3, 2008 – CPU – Central Processing Unit
January 4, 2008 – ASIS&T – American Society for Information Science and Technology
January 7, 2008 – p2p – peer to peer
January 8, 2008 – LSTA – Library Services and Technology Act
January 9, 2008 – SaaS – Software as a Service
January 10, 2008 – MALC – Michigan Academic Library Council
January 11, 2008 – RFID – Radio Frequency Identification
January 14, 2008 – ARL – Association of Research Libraries
January 15, 2008 – API – Application Program Interface
January 16, 2008 – MIME – Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
January 17, 2008 – DLL – Dynamic Link Library
January 18, 2008 – CSV – Comma-Separated Values
January 22, 2008 – IP – Internet Protocol
January 23, 2008 – ISP – Internet Service Provider
January 24, 2008 – ILS – Integrated Library System
January 25, 2008 – TTYL – Talk To You Later
January 28, 2008 – LOL – Laughing Out Loud
January 29, 2008 – ANSI – American National Standards Institute
January 30, 2008 – SPARC – Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
January 31, 2008 – NISO – National Information Standards Organization
June 11, 2008 – SEMLOL – Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries
June 12, 2008 – AFAIK – As Far As I Know
June 13, 2008 – IRC – Internet Relay Chat 
June 16, 2008 – TBH – To Be Honest
June 17, 2008 – ATLA – American Theological Library Association
June 18, 2008 – AAM – American Association of Museums
June 19, 2008 – ITA – I totally agree
June 20, 2008 – CONSER – Cooperative Online Serials Program
June 23, 2008 – BTW – By the way
June 26, 2008 – EMEA – Europe, Middle East, and Africa
July 1, 2008 – APAC – Asia and Pacific
July 2, 2008 – CD-ROM – Compact Disk/Read-Only Memory
July 3, 2008 – BRB – Be Right Back
July 14, 2008 – SIP – Session Initiation Protocol
July 15, 2008 – NCIP – NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol
July 16, 2008 – OAI – Open Archives Initiative
July 17, 2008 – USB – Universal Serial Bus
July 18, 2008 – HAL – Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries
July 21, 2008 – AAP – Association of American Publishers
July 22, 2008 – TESLA – Technical Standards for Library Automation
July 23, 2008 – AFL/CIO – American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations
July 25, 2008 – MARBI – Machine Readable Form of Bibliographic Information
July 28, 2008 – SAA – Society of American Archivists
July 29, 2008 – PCC – Program for Cooperative Cataloging
July 30, 2008 – MeL – Michigan eLibrary
July 31, 2008 – ALISE – Association for Library and Information Science Education
August 1, 2008 – FOLUSA – Friends of Libraries USA 
August 4, 2008 – NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities
August 5, 2008 – NEA – National Endowment for the Arts
August 6, 2008 – PLA – Public Library Association
August 7, 2008 – UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
August 8, 2008 – RUSA – Reference and User Services Association (ALA)
August 11, 2008 – AASL – American Association of School Librarians
August 12, 2008 – ACRL – Association of College and Research Libraries
August 13, 2008 – LAMA – Library Administration and Management Association (ALA)
August 14, 2008 – LSSIRT – Library Support Staff Interest Round Table (ALA)
August 15, 2008 – CDS – Cataloging Distribution Service (LC)
August 18, 2008 – LED – Light Emitting Diode
August 19, 2008 – MIDI – Musical Instrument Digital Interface
August 20, 2008 – ANSCR – Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings
August 21 2008 – PING – Packet Internet Gopher
August 22, 2008 – TIFF – Tagged Information File Format
August 25, 2008 – PPM – Pages Per Minute
August 26, 2008 – OCR – Optical Character Recognition
August 27, 2008 – EAD – Encoded Archival Description
September 2, 2008 – URL – Uniform Resource Locator
September 3, 2008 – DSL – Digital Subscriber Line
September 4, 2008 – PNG – Portable Network Graphic
September 5, 2008 – FM – Frequency Modulation
September 8, 2008 – AM – Amplitude Modulation
September 9, 2008 – FTP – File Transfer Protocol
September 10, 2008 – POP – Post Office Protocol
September 11, 2008 – CMS – Content Management System
September 12, 2008 – CAD – Computer Aided Design
September 15, 2008 – DRM – Digital Rights Management
September 16, 2008 – COPA – Child Online Protection Act
September 17, 2008 – JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPG)
September 18, 2008 – DPI – Dots Per Inch
September 19, 2008 – VTLS – Visionary Technology in Library Solutions, Inc.
September 22, 2008 – ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
September 23, 2008 – ASP – Application Service Provider
September 24, 2008 – RAM – Random Access Memory
September 25, 2008 – RDB – Relational Database
September 26, 2008 – IDN – Internet Domain Name
September 29, 2008 – LITA – Library and Information Technology Association (ALA)
September 30, 2008 – Mb – Megabyte

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