Archive for the ‘Library lingo’ Category

Library Lingo: Festschrift

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - phoebe

Festschrift is one of those great German "portmanteau" (or "suitcase") words.  Fest means "celebration" and schrift is a "written thing,"  and a Festschrift is a publication celebrating something - most often a distinguished senior academic's birthday (65th, 70th, or older!) or retirement.  Often a Festschrift is an edited book that ...

Question of the Week: From Citation to Full-Text Article

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - phoebe

Wait, what's a citation? A citation is the information about a scholarly resource: author's name, title, source (journal or book or whatever), page numbers, year.  It's the information you include in the bibliography when you write a paper, and it's the information a GALILEO database will give you when you do ...

Library Lingo: Bindery

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 - phoebe

What is the Bindery? Sometimes you will see "bindery" listed as a location in the online GIL catalog.  This most often occurs with print journals, and most often appears in the spring.  Why?  A print journal may arrive at the library quarterly, monthly, or even more often than that.  The individual ...

Library Lingo: Database

Monday, March 9th, 2009 - phoebe

A database in library-speak isn't something in Microsoft Access - we use this term to refer to the online sites that collect journal articles and make them searchable by keyword.  Popular library databases include JStor, Academic Search Complete, and Medline.  These databases are often provided by private companies (brand names ...

Library Lingo: Microfilm

Friday, February 20th, 2009 - phoebe

[caption id="attachment_1303" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Typical microfilm reel; image courtesy of the Oregon State University Archives."][/caption] Microfilm is a technology, popular in the 1970s, that allows the preservation of information in a small space. Images of each page of a document were photographed and preserved on film.  For example, page images of ...

Library lingo: “Request” in GAVEL

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 - UGA Libraries

When the status column on a record in the Law Library's catalog, GAVEL, shows 'REQUEST' this means that the item may be requested by the patron at the circulation desk. This initiates a process whereby staff retrieve the item from a faculty member's office collection or other special locations. ...