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Library Terminology: M-O

Discover the truth that lies behind the most Arcane Library vocabulary--- stranger than fiction!

Magazine through Overdue

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Magazine: Magazines are usually news-oriented and articles are written and designed to entertain or persuade, often written by professional journalists or writers for a general audience. Articles rarely cite sources or contain a bibliography, and  are published by commercial, for-profit presses. Magazines are NOT peer reviewed.

Meta-site: A search engine that submits a specified search to many different search sites simultaneously .

Microfiche: File-card size sheets of film on which periodical articles and other documents have been reproduced in miniature. The contents of microfiche can be viewed and/or printed by inserting the sheet into a microfiche reader/printer. Most of our microfiche is in alphabetical order in special cabinets located in the center-west section of the 2nd floor, between the South Courtyard and the west stairs.

Microfilm: A spool of film on which periodical articles and other documents have been reproduced in miniature. The contents of microfilm can be viewed and/or printed by threading the spool onto a microfilm reader/printer. Our rapidly dwindling microfilm collection is located in the center-west section of the 2nd floor, between the South Courtyard and the west stairs.

Monograph: A single book on a single subject, normally by a single author.

N

National Library:  A national library serves as the central and often most important library of a particular country.  

O

Online Catalog: See Skyline.

Overdue: Overdue means the book checked out is late for return. It has not been returned to the library or renewed by the due date.  Libraries traditionally have charged small fines that accumulate in daily increments to encourage the return of borrowed items promptly.  The Auraria Library is trying something new.  No overdue fines at all.  But, let that item go overdue just fifteen days and we'll block your access to the all-important online fulltext databases, journals and ebooks.  No exceptions.  Faculty, students... even ourselves.  Then, it gets worse.  Materials thirty days overdue become "lost."  Lost items are at least $125 each.  And your personal record is sent to the State of Colorado for collections.

M is for Microformat

Microfilm? Microfiche? Nothing online?

"In 1934, R. H. Draeger invented a camera that could make fast, cheap microfilm copies from books and journals. This offered a convenient substitute for interlibrary loan, and made it possible for the resources of non-circulating collections to be made widely available to scientists and scholars."

Source:  Lerner, Fred.  The Story of Libraries.  New York; Continuum, 1998.  (pg. 196)

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