Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations: Library, Information and Computer Terms. Rev. ed.


240 pages
ISBN 0-88802-266-2
DDC 020'.148





Reviewed by Dean Tudor

Dean Tudor is a professor of journalism at Ryerson University and author
of Finding Answers: The Essential Guide to Gathering Information in


This is an expanded and revised edition of a book originally published
in 1979 (there was a second edition in 1985). Computer terms have been
added for the first time to this collection of more than 10,000 acronyms
and abbreviations. An effort was made to include as many French
abbreviations as possible, and English equivalents are provided for
other languages when available. English translations of foreign-language
definitions are noted in parentheses following the definitions.

Some abbreviations are dubious, such as B–ROM standing for
Books–Read Only Memory. LEXIS is identified as originating from Mead
Technology Laboratories in New York: it should be Mead Data of Ohio.
QUIC/LAW from Queen’s University appears, but it is now known simply
as QL. Additional meanings for CAR should include Computer-assisted
Reporting and Computer-assisted Research, but these entries are missing.
Also missing are such common computer terms as HD for Hard Drive (or
Disk) and High Density (DD is there, for Double Density), and
Internet-related terms such as BITNET and WWW (World Wide Web). Finally,
there are too many entries ending in PL that stand merely for Public


Tayyeb, R., “Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations: Library, Information and Computer Terms. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 3, 2023, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/13957.