Getting lost among the ACRONYMS


We use a lot of them at work, and sometimes we forget that not everyone knows what they all mean.

I work in a library, and it is very easy to get lost among the all the CAPITAL LETTERS shouting at us every day:  PIP, LMS, MFD, POVAL, APPT, SARU, LRMT.

Similarly, there are databases and library platforms out there with some pretty crazy names.

There’s Soutron, which makes me think of croutons. Mmm, I think I’ll have a nice bowl of soup, topped with Soutron, please. 

And LibLime Koha which sounds like something from a cocktail menu. YesI’ll take two of those, with ice and umbrellas, please).


We’ll have a new LMS (that’s Library Management System to you) at work soon, and I was wondering what it will be called?

Perhaps it could look something like this…

Announcing a new Library Management System: Bolognese*, a cutting edge LMS with multi-platform features which will not only meet our needs, but provide scope for future adaptations as we grow and develop.

Bolognese comes complete with fully integrated media platforms, including SAUCE (Student Academic Universal Central Experience), PASTA (Payroll And Support Team Atrium), ITALIA (Integrated Teaching Academic Liaison & Interlibrary Application), and finally, an IT network called AL DENTE (Automated Liaison for Digital Expertise to Nurture Technological Experiences).

*None of this is actually true. I made it up for comedic effect. Well, at least I thought it was funny…

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