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The Information Professional's Glossary
Can't remember what "NCLIS" stands for? Need a quick definition for "subfield code"? Check out this glossary from the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. Okay, if you've taken Librarianship 101, you're probably familiar with most of the terms in here. But when a stumper comes along, it's good to know where to look. Also useful are links from definitions to other specialized glossaries. For example, "Printing Terms" links to the University of Oklahoma Printing Services glossary. BTW: NCLIS stands for the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. And a "subfield code" is ... if you don't know, you probably don't need to.
Paul Payack, president and chief word analyst of the Global Language Monitor, is also the founder of YourDictionary.com. My favorite part of that site is the directory of specialty dictionaries. Arranged by more than 125 topics, the directory links to glossaries and dictionaries on everything from carpentry to criminology, beer to wine, law to leather. Some links go to free, online glossaries; others to sites where readers can purchase printed topical dictionaries. It links to a few LIS dictionaries, but not the one above.