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Standing Order : i) An order to supply each succeeding issue of a serial or periodical or subsequent volumes of a work. ii) An order which is to be acted upon continuously until countermanded.
Standing Vendor : A supplier of books and other reading materials who executes standing orders.
Attitudinal : Opinion, feeling or emotion concerning an event, fact or state.
Peers : Groups of people of similar status in an organisation.
Para-Professional : A person without professional training to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated.
Rank-and-file : Placement of staff in an ascending or descending order according to importance.

DVD : A high-density compact disk for storing large amounts of data, especially high-resolution
audio-visual material.
EDDS : Electronic Document Delivery Service.
E-learning : It is an interactive learning in which the learning content is available online and provides automatic feedback.
User Orientation : It is study of the process from user ambition to full implementation of new, inhabitable, inspiring,etc.
WWW : This is the acronym of World Wide Web which means the complete set of documents residing on all Internet servers that use the HTTP protocol, accessible to users via a simple pointand-click system.
Aptitude : A combination of native and acquired abilities and other characteristics which can be regarded as predictive of a person’s ability to become proficient in a line of activity with a given
amount of training.
Ergonomics : Theories and methods of measuring and analysing work and its relationship to human abilities and behaviour patterns.
Hoist : Lift with an apparatus of ropes and pulleys or a kind of elevator.
Induction : A formal process of introducing and training new employees on their job, position, or office.
Perquisites : Payments, emoluments or other benefits gained by a public official beyond his regular salary while acting in his official capacity.
Personnel : The total human resources of an organization.
Library Cooperation : Two or more libraries working together to achieve their goals providing effective service to their users.
Resource Sharing : Two or more libraries/information systems sharing their resources to satisfy increased pressure of user demands. The resources may be physical or intellectual.
Library Networks : Two or more libraries connected together through telecommunication links for effective sharing of resources overcoming the barriers of geographical distances.
Library Consortia : Libraries and publishers coming together for mutual benefit and enabling collaborative acquisition of e-documents to a group of libraries.
Automation : The organisation of machine handling of routines or operations, requiring minimal human intervention.
Document Delivery : This system enables users to order copies of materials retrieved by online searches, either by direct despatch of items by the host or via an agent.
Database : Information stored on computer files and accessible via a remote terminal and
telecommunications link.
Electronic Mail : The transfer of messages, memoranda, letters, reports, etc. between individuals or organizations by the use of videotext, online and online networks.
Facsimile : An electronic system for transmitting pictures and graphic materials over very high frequency airwaves.
Gateways : Any system permitting users of one computer system to access another.
Network : A system of physically separate computers with telecommunication links, allowing the resources of each participating machine to be shared by each of the others.
OPAC : (Online Public Access Catalogue) An automated catalogue system stored in machine readable form and accessed online by the library clientele via a VDU and employing user-friendly software.
Reprography : The reproduction in facsimile of documents of all kinds by any process using light, heat or electric variation – photocopies, micro-copies, blue prints, electro-copies, thermo-copies, etc.
Teleconference : A conference with participants in different locations linked by telecommunication devices.
ILL : Inter library loan (ILL) is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies

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