For immediate release | May 28, 2013

Fourth edition of ALA glossary includes latest technology-related terms

CHICAGO — The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases — and there are so many floating around that even just reading an article in a professional journal can bewilder experienced librarians, to say nothing of those new to the profession! Featuring thousands of revised and brand new entries, the fourth edition of “ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science,” published by ALA Editions, presents a thorough yet concise guide to the specific words that describe the materials, processes and systems relevant to the field of librarianship. Editors Michael Levine-Clark and Toni M. Carter, with a panel of experts from across the LIS world, have thoroughly updated the glossary to include the latest technology- and Internet-related terms, covering metadata, licensing, electronic resources, instruction, assessment, readers’ advisory and electronic workflow. This book will become an essential part of every library’s and librarian’s reference collection and will also be a blessing for LIS students and recent graduates.

Levine-Clark is the associate dean for scholarly communication and collections services at the University of Denver Libraries. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, for which he currently serves as coeditor for scholarly articles. He writes and speaks regularly on strategies for improving academic library collection development practices, including the use of e-books in academic libraries and the development of demand-driven acquisition models.

Carter is an instruction and reference librarian at Auburn University in Alabama. She was a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader and recently completed a two-year term as chair of the ALA Scholarship and Study Grants Committee.

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