MSU Libraries acronyms, library jargon, MSU jargon

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This is a lexicon of local MSU Libraries acronyms, MSU campus acronyms that are frequently encountered in library situations, jargon related to library work, obsolete designations still found in some documents, and common terms that are often used in a special sense around the libraries. It is intended for the orientation of new hires, visitors including international visitors unfamiliar with major American library organizations and tools, and others not familiar with the local vernacular. Except as noted, the acronyms are usually 'pronounced' as the sequence of letters. This is a very unofficial guide. It is not intended to cover acronyms in general use among a wide array of library workers (such as ALA).

Lexicon of terms

1-East/2-East/3-East/4-East and 1-West/2-West/3-West/4-West: floors in the two (east and west) wings or towers of the Main Library. There is also a basement or ground floor that extends under both wings. 4-West formerly had three conference rooms called 4-North, 4-Center, 4-South: these have been replaced by the Green Room and Rooms A and B.

AccessMichigan: See MeLCat.

ACNS: Academic Computing and Network Services, now ITS.

ADs: The Associate and Assistant Directors of the MSU Libraries.

AFS space: Andrew File Server space is server space provided for personal Web pages.

AHIP: The Academy of Health Information Professionals.

AIS: Administrative Information Services, now ITS.

All-bibs meetings: quarterly meetings of the subject librarians (formerly the "all-bibliographers meeting"). Takes place in any month with a fifth Wednesday.

AOP: Academic Orientation Program for newly admitted students. The library presents information.

APs: Administrative Professionals. One of the three union bargaining units on campus with staff who work in the library. The other two are CTs (Clerical-Technical), and APSAs (Administrative Professional Supervisors).

APP&R: The 'Academic Program Planning and Review Recommendation' process is a major part of setting the annual MSU budget.

APSAs: Administrative Professional Supervisors. One of the three union bargaining units on campus with staff who work in the library. The other two are CTs (Clerical-Technical), and APs (Administrative Professionals).

ATC: Assistive Technology Center, a small room near Circ, has devices for sight-impaired library users. RCPD has the same suite of tools and trains users.


AUP: Acceptable Use Policy, the MSU rules for using the Internet on campus.

A-Z list: list of Electronic Resources (such as indexes and fulltext databases), that runs as a parallel finding tool to our OPAC. Relies on SerSol.

Bibliographers: generally we now use 'selectors', 'subject librarians' or 'liaisons' to identify these librarians who work with campus units for purposes of materials ordering, instruction and liaison.

BibSupport: No longer in operation, the Bibliographic Support unit handled book order forms for subject librarians.

Branches: Besides the Main Library, MSU at one time had a dozen external branches, almost all of which were closed, with services and collections brought to Main. Remaining are Business and Gull Lake (Kellogg Biological Station). Within Main, some service units are also called "internal branches": such as Maps and Fine Arts. The MSU College of Law Library (DCL) is a separate entity.

BTAA: see CIC.

CAFEs: Communities for Advising, Facilitating, and Enabling "address the growing desire for effective cross-University communications and community" in areas of campus computer services (ITS). Successor to the CCSAC system: Communications and Computer Systems Advisory Committees.

CATA: Capital Area Transportation Authority runs the campus bus lines.

CatMan: The Libraries' Catalog Maintenance unit, which maintains the OPAC and oversees OPAC records. Formerly DataCat.


Chavez Collection: Named for activist Cesar Chavez, this is a collection of relevant books in the main lobby of the Main Library.

CIC: The 'Committee for Institutional Cooperation' has been the university consortial group better known in sports as the Big 10, plus the University of Chicago. Renamed the 'Big Ten Academic Alliance' in July 2016 (BTAA).

Circ: The Main Library Circulation department.

Citrix: The Citrix server was a device that allowed Web access to certain kinds of databases running from locally loaded CD-ROMs.

CMP: Course Materials Program, part of the library producing course packs (print or online).

Collection Coordinators: The middle managers who coordinate department level materials funds; also this group's meeting twice a month with the AD for Collections.

CTs: Clerical-Technicals. One of the three union bargaining units on campus with staff who work in the library. The other two are APs (Administrative Professionals) and APSAs (Administrative Professional Supervisors).

DataCat: See CatMan.

DBAC: The Data Base Advisory Committee formerly oversaw design questions for our OPAC. WAG has assumed some of its larger functions.

DCL: The MSU College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law) has its own library, with whom we share the online catalog. It is administered independently.

DHCP: Dynamic Host Control Protocol manages laptop connections to the Internet.

DLS: Distance Learning Services, formerly Outreach and LDLS, provides library services to off-campus users such as Agricultural Extension Agents, and VU classes.

DMC: see Kline DMC.

Doc. Del.: See ILS.

DPS: The campus police, the Department of Police and Public Safety (also as DPPS).

DSC: at one time this refered to what is now the Kline DMC, but now it stands for Digital Scholarship Collaborative, supporting work with data management, text mining and similar services.

E-token: Students can pay for printing from online sites with e-tokens paid out of accounts receivable money.

EC: The Executive Council is the weekly administrative meeting of the library director and the ADs.

ERASMUS: The "Electronic Resources And Selection Management Utility System" was the underlying original database that managed our lists of Electronic Resources. Reconstituted in 2015 as the ER system, including the A-Z list. Built in part on SerSol.

Ergo: The library has an ergonomics committee to provide ergonomically correct office equipment and practices.

FAC: The Faculty Affairs Committee is elected by the librarians to help determine merit raises each year and to advise on reassignments and changed job descriptions.

FDG: See Front Door Group.

First Hour: One hour of some weekly Reference meetings is devoted to training.

Front Door Group: Front Door Group, sometimes FDG, was a committee assigned to designing the library's Web pages, especially main and unit home pages. WAG will asssume some of its functions.

Full Apps PCs: Most PCs in the library are set up just like those in the computer labs, with access via MSUNetID to the full set of applications. Contrasts with Selected Resource PCs.

GOBI: online book ordering software from YBP.

Green Room: our largest conference room, on 4-West.

Ground: In some documents, the Main Library Basement floor is referred to as the Ground floor.

Gs & Os: Librarians and units write Goals and Objectives each year.

Gull Lake: MSU maintains the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) at this location about an hour from East Lansing, including a branch library.

HathiTrust: as a participant in the Google book scanning project the MSU Libraries contributes content to and has access to this scanned content.

HR: The Human Resources or personnel office and staff, either in the Main Library Main Office or the all-university office in the Nisbet Building.

III ("triple-I"): Innovative Interfaces Incorporated, the vendor for our integrated library system including the OPAC and tech services modules.


ILLIAD: software used for our ILS operations.

ILS: The MSU Libraries document delivery unit, providing Inter Library Loan (ILL) borrowing and lending, and also document delivery of copies of articles.

InMICH: See MeLCat.

Internal branch: See Branches.

IPF: MSU all-campus Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (physical plant). Runs the "trouble truck."

ITS: Information Technology Services provides computer and network support at the all-campus level.

IUG: Through the Innovative Users Group, customers of III submit enhancement requests to the company.

JVE: Journal Voucher Exchange is a system for assigning costs among MSU units.

KBS: See Gull Lake.

Kline DMC: The Gerald M Kline Digital and Multimedia Center (including the Vincent Voice Library), manages our audio-visual collection, many CDs and DVDs, some VHS material, copyrights, and some grants.

LCT: The library director at one time reported to the associate provost for 'Libraries, Computing and Technology' but now reports direct to the Provost.

LCTTP: 'Libraries, Computing and Technology Training Programs' are offered by the all-campus Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT), part of OVPRGS.

LDLS: see DLS.

LM: Library of Michigan, or L of M, the state library in the downtown Lansing government complex, shares our online catalog.

MAC: can refer to Michigan Agricultural College (MSU's precursor), or to "M.A.C. Avenue" named for the college. See MSU.

MACUL: The Michigan Association of Computer Users for Learning.

MAGIC: The name formerly used for the MSU Libraries' OPAC, and confused by some users with the overall library web site.

MARS: the MSU Article Retrieval Service delivers scanned copies of articles to desktops.

MAU: Major Administrative Units at MSU are at the college or school level.

MCLS: Midwest Consortium for Library Services is a cooperative serving libraries in the states of Michigan and Indiana. Formerly the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC).

MeL: through the work of LM, the Michigan Electronic Library provides state-supported access to online fulltext databases for all citizens, and supports the MeLCat shared library system.

MeLCat: Michigan Electronic Library Catalog, linking holdings of 400+ Michigan libraries in one database. This began through a compination of the MeL free online site and the AccessMichigan grant from the State of Michigan to provide access to databases for all libraries in the state (administered by MLC). The pilot InMICH shared-catalog project was the foundation for a system that pools resources via an online catalog and a delivery system.

MHSLA: Michigan Health Sciences Library Association.

MI-ALA: Michigan Academic Library Association.

MLA: This acronym refers to one of three organizations, all with potential llibrary ties: the national Medical Library Association, the state Michigan Library Association (which has affinities with state public libraries), or the Modern Languages Association for literature faculty.

MLC: see MCLS.

MLR: The Main Library Reference unit or service desk.

MRLT: Michigan Research Libraries Triangle consists of the MSU, the University of Michigan and the Wayne State University Libraries. Rarely active.

MSC: see MSU.

MSU: Michigan State University, formerly Michigan State College (MSC) and Michigan Agricultural College (MAC). In employee training, sometimes used for "must show up."

MSUNetID: Authorization required for access to the campus network (formerly "Pilot ID").

Mulver: Multiple format versions of a title in the same catalog record.

OPAC: our Online Public Access Catalog, or online card catalog, is a III product. We are phasing out use of the term "Magic" for the catalog.

Outreach: See DLS.

OVPRGS: all-campus Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

PANs: See PIDs and PANs.

PIDs and PANs: Personal identification numbers used by MSU, needed to activate an email account, and used by the library to validate access to licensed databases.

Pilot: At one time, this was the email system offered by MSU, also used to authenticate users (see MSUNetID).

PRR/Micro: The Periodical Reading Room/Microforms area handles recent issues of magazines and microfilm holdings, as well as photocopies, scanners and a Makerspace.

PSDC: In the Public Services Division Council, public service unit heads meet twice a month to provide advice to the AD for Public Services.

RCPD: Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. Collaborates with the library for campus services to self-identified faculty, staff and students.

RECAP: The Reappointment and Continuous Appointment process that evaluates librarians for promotion, reappointment and "continuous appointment" or tenure.

Remote: We lease a complex of Remote Storage warehouse off-campus to relieve overcrowding in the book stacks.

Rovi: our extensive collection of donated film DVDs, music CDs, and gaming components.

SearchPlus: our discovery tool, an instance of Summon.

Selected Resource PCs: Computer workstations for the public near the Reference Desk, needing no login but restricted to viewing library-selected databases and sources. See Full Apps PCs.

SerSol: Serials Solutions sells online services that help us manage our lists of electronic resources and keep them up to date.

Sierra: current OPAC and integrated library system from III.

SMART: internal software for tracking staff and student worker hours and time off.

SPC: See Spec Coll.

Spec Coll: the Special Collections unit, our rare book room.

SSAG: Support Staff Advisory Group provides advice to the library Director (see Steering).

Steering: The Steering Committee elected by librarians meets with and advises the library Director (see SSAG).

Sysdoc: Automated form for reporting computer trouble to the Systems department.

TLE: The Teaching, Learning and Education Fund provides extra MSU funds each year which the library may seek for computer-related needs.

Trouble truck: IPF mobile support for facilities problems, especially useful on weekends.

Turfgrass: A separate unit in the Main Library intensively collecting publications of all kinds on the use of turf cover.

VU: The Virtual University delivers some MSU classes online.

VPAT: forms used to describe vendor product compliance with ADA disability and accessibility rules.

VVL: Vincent Voice Library, part of the Kline DMC.

WAG: Web Advisory Group, constituted in 2006 to oversee the library's "Web presence."

WCAG2.0: standards for product compliance with ADA disability and accessibility rules.

WRAC: The Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures program (formerly ATL, for American Thought and Language) includes writing classes that sometimes examine the library web site as a test case.

YBP: Yankee Book Peddlars, one of our main vendors for firm orders and approval plans.

Modified 11 July 2016. Replaces the original of 2006.