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ABC

AUDIO BOOKS CIRCUIT, a WLS member library program to rotate and share audio book rotating collections among members.

ALA

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, the national professional association for librarians. The organization includes many divisions and roundtables such as the Public Library Association and the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable.

AV

AUDIOVISUAL. An umbrella term for audio and video recordings.

BADGERLINK

BADGERLINK, a program of the state that funds and provides access to a variety of high-quality commercial databases, such as magazine and newspaper indexes and online encyclopedias and children's material. The access is free to Wisconsin citizens via the Internet at http://www.badgerlink.net

BADGERNET

BADGERNET is the state's high-speed telecommunication network. It uses funds from TEACH to subsidize the cost of the network to some participants, including libraries. WALS uses the BadgerNet network to connect its participating libraries to each other and to the internet.

CCBC

COOPERATIVE CHILDREN'S BOOKS CENTER, a preview center where children's librarians can go to look at the latest children's books, as well as examine special subject collections.

CD-ROM

COMPACT DISK/READ-ONLY MEMORY or CD-ROM, a storage method in which an optical disk is used to hold enormous amounts of data. The disk can then be "read" by a microcomputer equipped with search software and an optical disk drive. Unlike a microcomputer disk, the microcomputer can only read data from the optical disk; it cannot put any new information on the disk.

CE

CONTINUING EDUCATION. An umbrella term for workshops and seminars.

COLAND

COUNCIL ON LIBRARY AND NETWORK DEVELOPMENT, the state level advisory group, appointed by the Governor, which makes policy and activity recommendations on library services to the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Community Learning. It is composed of both citizen and librarian members.

DLTCL

DIVISION FOR LIBRARIES TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNITY LEARNING, the State of Wisconsin agency that coordinates the activities of the state's 17 public library systems, supervises system compliance with the state library laws, and distributes the state aid for library systems. Part of the state Department of Public Instruction.

DPI

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, the state of Wisconsin Department that includes libraries.

DRA

DRA is the name of the library catalog and circulation software used by the WALS libraries. The software had been developed by Data Research Associates, a St. Louis firm. DRA was recently purchased by Sirsi Corporation. See also WALS and SIRSI.

E-RATE

E-RATE is a federal program for providing subsidies to schools and Libraries for telecommunication access and service. The funds for the Program is from assessments made to telephone companies.

FOWL

FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN LIBRARIES. The state organization for library Friends groups. Also referred to as FLW.

FOLUSA

FRIENDS OF LIBRARIES USA. The national organization for library Friends groups.

FVLC

FOX VALLEY LIBRARY COUNCIL, INC., the multiple library organization established in the Winnefox Library System and the Outagamie Waupaca Library System areas to promote cooperation among all types of libraries and information centers in the Fox Valley area. Its major purpose is to facilitate resource sharing.

ILL

INTERLIBRARY LOAN, the method by which one library borrows materials from another, either within the library system, or from libraries around the state and nation.

IMC

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS CENTER. One of the terms for a school library.

ISBN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER. This number appears in most published materials, is supposed to be unique to that title and is frequently require when ordering a book.
ISP INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER. The ISP for Winnefox is WiscNet
ISSP INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SERIAL NUMBER is an eight-digit identifier of reference for serial publications/magazines.
LC LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. The national library for the United States of America
LSTA LIBRARY SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY ACT, the major source of federal funds for the Winnefox Library System. The Division for Libraries Technology and Community Learning establishes grant categories, evaluates the competitive grant applications, and distributes the funds.
MARC MACHINE READABLE CATALOGING, a standard for computerized cataloging records for automated library systems.
MLS MASTERS DEGREE IN LIBRARY SCIENCE, an advanced degree for librarians.
NEH NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES. Funded by the Congress, this is the source of funds for programming in the humanities. Most of the funds are allotted to the Wisconsin Humanities Council for distribution in the state.
NLW NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK. A week in April that celebrates the contributions of libraries and librarians, and promotes library use and support.
OCLC ON-LINE COMPUTER LIBRARY CENTER, an international computerized database that contains the holdings of over 45,000 libraries. It is the database used by OPL and Winnefox to catalog material and to get computer records for the database used by the WALS libraries for the shared catalog. The OCLC database is also used to verify and locate interlibrary loan materials.
OPL OSHKOSH PUBLIC LIBRARY
OWLS OUTAGAMIE WAUPACA LIBRARY SYSTEM, our neighboring library system in Outagamie and Waupaca counties, with headquarters in Appleton.
PL PUBLIC LIBRARY
PLA PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. A division of ALA which focuses on public libraries.
R&L or RLL REFERENCE AND LOAN LIBRARY, the state interlibrary loan clearinghouse for public libraries in Wisconsin. It has a sizable collection of library materials that it makes available to libraries and networks in Wisconsin. Part of DLTCL.
SIRSI SIRSI CORPORATION is a library software company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. It is the developer of the online catalog and circulation software used by WALS libraries. See also WALS.
SLIS SCHOOL FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES. The library school at UW-Madison.
SLP SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM. An umbrella term for the activities and programs which occur at public libraries for children during the summer.
SOMBAW SYSTEM OFFICE MANAGERS AND BOOKKEEPERS ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN, the organization of system office managers and bookkeepers.
SRLAAW SYSTEM AND RESOURCE LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR'S ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN, the organization of directors of library systems and resource libraries in Wisconsin.
TEACH TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN WISCONSIN is a state telecommunication access program and mechanism to provide discounted BadgerNet services to schools and libraries. It is partly funded by the state and by federal funds using the E-RATE program. See also BadgerNet and E-RATE.
UWEX UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN EXTENSION
WAAL WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS. The WLA division for academic libraries.
WALS WINNEFOX AUTOMATED LIBRARY SERVICES, the WLS service program under which the Sirsi-DRA shared automated system is operated. The automated system includes the circulation and online catalog software. WALS also provides and supports the telecommunication network linking the participating libraries and provides Internet access and PC support. WiscNet is the Internet service provider for WALS. BadgerNet and FoxNet provide parts of the telecommunications network. There are currently 25 WLS libraries on the WALS network and 20 libraries that are fully automated.
WAPL SYSTEM AND RESOURCE LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR'S ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN, the organization of directors of library systems and resource libraries in Wisconsin.
WCTS TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN WISCONSIN is a state telecommunication access program and mechanism to provide discounted BadgerNet services to schools and libraries. It is partly funded by the state and by federal funds using the E-RATE program. See also BadgerNet and E-RATE.
WiLS UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN EXTENSION
  WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS. The WLA division for academic libraries.
WAAL WINNEFOX AUTOMATED LIBRARY SERVICES, the WLS service program under which the Sirsi-DRA shared automated system is operated. The automated system includes the circulation and online catalog software. WALS also provides and supports the telecommunication network linking the participating libraries and provides Internet access and PC support. WiscNet is the Internet service provider for WALS. BadgerNet and FoxNet provide parts of the telecommunications network. There are currently 25 WLS libraries on the WALS network and 20 libraries that are fully automated.
WAPL WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC LIBRARIANS. The division of WLA which focuses on public library staff and services.
WCTS WINNEFOX COOPERATIVE TECHNICAL SERVICES, a WLS service program that provides cooperative library material selection, acquisitions, and cataloging, rotating collections, and consulting services to its members. The County Plans of Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara counties provide funding for cooperative services to the WCTS member libraries.
WILS WISCONSIN LIBRARY SERVICES is a consortium of over 500 Wisconsin libraries that offers services in the area such as shared bibliographic information, resource sharing, cooperative purchasing, and in-service training. It operates an interlibrary loan network and brokers OCLC services. Winnefox is a WILS member. See also OCLC
WISCAT WISCONSIN CATALOG, a statewide union catalog that contains over 7 million print and audiovisual titles and over 30 million holdings from more than 1,200 contributing libraries. It's available online at http://www.wiscat.net
WISCNET WISCNET is the internet service provider for Winnefox and most of the schools, colleges, universities and other public library systems in Wisconsin. It is located at the UW Madison campus and maintains a high speed network connecting its members to the rest of the internet.
WLA

WISCONSIN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, the state's professional organization for librarians and library board members. It has four main divisions:

  • WAAL - WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS
  • WAPL - WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC LIBRARIANS
  • WLTA - WISCONSIN LIBRARY TRUSTEE ASSOCIATION
  • WSLMA - WISCONSIN SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
WLTA WISCONSIN LIBRARY TRUSTEE ASSOCIATION. The WLA division for trustees.
WLS WINNEFOX LIBRARY SYSTEM, library system consisting of Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara, and Winnebago counties.
YA YOUNG ADULT
YSS YOUTH SERVICES SECTION. The unit of WLA which addresses the concerns of library staff who serve children and young adults. Formerly CYASS.
Updated January 10, 2003