Illinois Specific Library Acronyms
*Click on the abbreviated acronym to access
the organization's or program's Web site.
||American Association of Law Libraries
||Americans with Disabilities Act. The 1990 federal
legislation that requires public buildings to meet accessibility standards.
||Association for Educational Communications & Technology
American Library Association.
The national professional organization for library staff and trustees.
AASL American Association
of School Librarians
ACRL Association of College and Research Libraries
ALCTS Association for Library Collections and
ALSC Association for Library Service to Children
ALTAFF Association of Library Trustee, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations
ASCLA Association of Specialized and Cooperative
LLAMA Library Leadership & Management Association
LITA Library Information and Technology Association
PLA Public Library Association
RUSA Reference and User Services Association
YALSA Young Adult Library Services Association
||Association for Library and Information Science
Education. Promotes excellence in research, teaching, and service for
library and information science education.
||American National Standards
Institute. The national clearinghouse for voluntary standards development
in the U.S.
||Association of Research Libraries
||Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
||American Society for Information Science and
B, C, D
||Blind and Physically Handicapped (a statewide
program of special library services)
||Chicago Association of Law Libraries
||Children's Book Council
||Cooperative Collection Management Program. A
consortia of academic libraries committed to the principle of resource
||Canadian Library Association
||Council on Library and Information Resources
||Cataloging Maintenance Center. The Illinois
State Library has awarded grants to Lewis & Clark Library System, Lincoln
Trail Libraries System and Prairie Area Library System to set up three Cataloging Maintenance Centers.
They process unresolved cataloging records from the OCLC batchloading
process and set holdings in OCLC.
||Central Management Services (Illinois State
Agency responsible for telecommunications, etc.)
||Council of Directors of State University Libraries
||Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. Organization
of state librarians in the US
E, F, G, H
|E & A
||Educate and Automate grants are available to
all types of libraries, provided they are members of a regional library
system.¯ The primary focus of the state funded Educate and Automate
grant is to purchase equipment based on grant categories.
||Every Library in Illinet. This is an online
directory of Illinois libraries that is currently under development.
||Education Rate. A federal program available
to public and school libraries for discounted telecommunications.
|| Web portal to Illinois governmental and library
||Friends of Illinois Libraries
||Friends of Libraries, USA. A national organization
for Friends of local libraries.
||Freedom to Read Foundation. FTRF was established
to foster libraries as institutions wherein every individual's First
Amendment freedoms are fulfilled, and
to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and
make available any work which they may legally acquire.
||Global Information Locator Service or Government
Information Locator Service. GILS is an open, low-cost, and scalable
standard for searching basic information descriptions. It's designed
so that organizations can help searchers find collections of information,
as well as specific information in the collections. Find-It! Illinois
is one implementation of GILS.
||Government Documents Rountable
||Higher Education Cooperation Act (grant funds
administered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education)
||Health Science Librarians of Illinois
||Illinois Board of Higher Education
||Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of
the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a non-profit organization
promoting books, book arts, libraries and reading in Illinois
||Illinois Community College Board
||Illinois Century Network is the telecommunications
backbone for public and private not-for-profit schools and colleges,
libraries, museum, and government agencies to enhance the sharing of
educational and knowledge resources by providing high-speed and cost-effective
||Intellectual freedom. It is the right of every
individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view
||International Federation of Library Associations.
The international professional organization for librarians.
||Illinois Government Information. A search engine
that indexes State of Illinois Web servers.
Illinois Library Association. The state organization
for library staff and trustees.
I-READ Illinois Reading Enrichment
IACRL Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum
LSRF Librarians for Social Responsibility Forum
LTF Library Trustee Forum
PLF Public Library Forum
PPC Public Policy Committee
RSF Reference Services Forum
RTSF Resources and Technical Services Forum
YSF Youth Services Forum
||Illinois Library Delivery System; Intersystem
Library Delivery System. A statewide cooperative effort to transport
interlibrary loan materials between libraries in Illinois.
||Illinois Library Systems Directors Organization
||Institute of Museum & Library Services.
The federal department from which funds for libraries are distributed.
||Illinois OCLC Users Group
||Illinois Public Treasurer's Investment Pool.
An investment pool located in Springfield available to governmental agencies.
Now it is more commonly known as "The Illinois Fund".
||International Reading Association
||Illinois State Board of Education
||Illinois State Library
||Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, appointed by the secretary
of state as state librarian for the purpose of advising the State Library
on library matters
||Illinois School Library Media Association
||Illinois Satellite Network
J, K, L
||Live and Learn (a category of grants from the
Secretary of State/State Librarian)
||Library Administrators Conference of Northern
||Library of Congress. The national library serving
the U.S. Congress and government.
||Library Development Group of the Illinois State
||Library Insurance Management and Risk Control
||Local Library System Automation Program. Regional
database coordinated by the Illinois library systems.
||Library Research Center (University of Illinois
||Library Services and Technology Act. Federal
legislation which funds library projects.
Metropolitan Library Systems. Includes the Chicago,
DuPage, Metropolitan, and North Suburban
YS - METS The youth service consultants' sub-committee.
||Medical Library Association; Modern Language
Association; Music Library Association
||National Commission on Libraries & Information
Science. The commissioners are appointed by the President of the U.S.
and serve as an advisory committee on library issues.
||A Consortium of Midwest community college, colleges,
||National Information Standards Organization.
A nonprofit association that develops and promotes technical standards
used in a wide variety of information services. Accredited as a standards
developer by the American National Standards Institute.
||National Library Service for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped.
O, P, Q
||OCLC, Inc, a nonprofit library computer
organization that offers an international database of library holdings
through shared cataloging, resource sharing through interlibrary loan,
and a variety of databases with a single search interface.
||Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA)
||Private Academic Libraries of Illinois
||Group of technology staff from the Library Systems
and Illinois State Library. Taken from the computer term pipe (symbol
| ) for a method of passing information from one computer process to
||Promoting Larger Units of Service (State Project
||Reciprocal borrowing program. It allows persons
with a valid library card onsite/on shelf access to materials from collections
in ILLINET libraries. Reciprocal borrowing, a special form of reciprocal
access, allows persons to borrow materials directly from ILLINET libraries.
||Research Libraries Group
||Statewide Illinois Library Catalog. By early
August 2004, this service for bibliographic searching across the state
of Illinois will replace the Illinois Group Catalog Preview (ILGC).
||Serials of Illinois Libraries Online (a subset
||Special Libraries Association. The national
professional organization for library staff working in special libraries
such as businesses.
||System Libraries Insurance Co-operative
||System Presidents and Directors
T, U, V
||Urban Libraries Council. A professional
organizations for libraries serving urban areas.
||Uniform Resource Locator. The Internet equivalent
of an address.
|| Virtual Illinois
Catalog, retired in May 2004. A single search engine that allowed
searching 600 Illinois library
location, availability and shelf status.
||Video conferencing system which uses the telephone
lines to transmit picture and sound.
W, X, Y, Z
||White House Conference on Libraries
and Information Science
|YS - METS
||The youth service consultants' sub-committee.