Texas Public Library Standards

Appendix C: Selected Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

Alternative Basic Library Education. An online training program available through Texas State Library website.
Americans with Disabilities Act.
ADA Accessible:
An unobstructed space that can be negotiated safely by a person with a disability.
Advisory Board:
External group of citizens that advises a library director and local government on the operations of the library.
American Library Association.
ALA-Accredited MLS:
A master’s degree in the field of library and information awarded by an ALA-accredited university.
Catalog of Holdings:
A system for use by staff and patrons that determines what items are in the library’s collection.
The total number of all titles and physical units in a library.
Collection Turnover Rate:
A library’s total annual circulation divided by the total collection.
Community-based Organization:
Service-based organizations, examples include YWCA, church affiliated, etc.
Continuing Education:
Any formal training that library personnel utilize to improve job-related knowledge.
Core Library Services:
Circulation, reference, technology services and applicable programming for people of all ages (as facilities and scheduling allows).
Customized Database Searching:
A special reference inquiry that requires library personnel to develop search strategies to retrieve information (documents) from electronic databases. These searches often involve several interactions with the patron, and guidelines for customized database searching should be outlined in the library’s policies and procedures.
Chief executive officer of a public library.
Electronic Bulletin Board:
An electronic message center for a specific interest group.
Electronic Database:
An accessible collection of information stored within the memory of a computer.
Electronic Use:
Data that accurately reflects the number of times a library Internet connection or database is accessed during a specific time period.
Full-time Equivalent (FTE):
One or more individuals whose total working hours add up to 40 per week.
Governing Board:
Group of citizens appointed by a local government. A governing board is an entity that has legal, financial, and policy-making responsibilities.
ILL or Interlibrary Loan:
Loaning library materials or copies of library materials by one library to another entity outside the loaning library system.
Internet Accessible Computer Terminals:
Computers that are available for the staff and/or the public to access the Internet in the library.
Internet Homepage/Webpage:
A file in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) format that is accessed over the Internet via a web browser. The term homepage refers to the starting point that will reference other HTML pages. The address of a homepage or a webpage file is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
Library Outlet:
Collections in nursing homes and jails, stations, etc. Not the same as a branch. No staff, no hours open simply a collection that the library has housed in another location.
Long Range Plan:
A document that states the goals and objectives of a library for a specific length of time (usually 3 - 5 yrs).
Meeting Room:
A public space in a library that is used for programs, meetings and special events.
Nonassignable Space:
Hallways, walkways and other areas.
Online Catalog:
A computer-based catalog of holdings.
Library services that extend outside the library facility.
Patron Computer:
A computer assigned solely for patron use.
Service Population as assigned to a library by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Public Library:
A library that is operated by a single public agency or board and is freely open to all persons in a given community, district or region under identical conditions, and that receives its financial support in whole or part from public funds.
Remote Access:
Communication between a user and a library resource from a location outside the physical library facility.
Small Library Management Training, provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Texas Architectural Barriers Act.
Texas Library Association.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Evaluation and removal of library materials that are no longer of value to the library because they are outdated, worn or no longer used by the library’s patrons.

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