Every career field or interest group has their own lingo. Librarians are no different. We use a lot of lingo.
ILL is a short term for Inter Library Loan. Libraries can borrow books from other libraries via ILL. The Drake Library uses SILO to find the books and request them. SILO stands for State of Iowa Libraries Online. We search for the books and place the requests through the SILO website. We also receive requests from other libraries through SILO.
SRP is an abbreviation we toss around and don’t often elaborate. Summer Reading Program—happens every summer; it is awesome and totally exhausting! Librarians often need a SPA day after SRP concludes.
We have books designated with AR stickers; AR is the abbreviation for Accelerated Reading. Many schools use the AR program for reading scores. The AR score tells the grade level the book is rated. A book with a 3.2 AR level is third grade, second month. Books labeled AR also have a test available online for students to take to earn the AR points for the book. We label our books with bright stickers so students can easily spot them when they are doing reading homework.
ER and YA are two additional shortcuts you will hear a librarian speak if you listen closely! ER simply means Easy Reader. We have a section of ER books for emerging readers. They are different from picture books in that they use repetitive words and are geared for a certain level of reader. YA books are Young Adult books. They are for everyone! They often feature adult themes, controversial topics, and may be made into movie trilogies. See also: Twilight, Divergent, and Hunger Games.
My favorite abbreviation of all is ARC. ARC is short for Advanced Reader’s Copy. Books that haven’t been published yet! Library conferences often feature tables full of FREE ARCS! Wow if you want to see a group of librarians raise a ruckus, throw out some ARCS! At the Annual American Library Association conference, publishers will often feature famous authors with copies of their ARCS to autograph and give away. I have met many authors at the two ALA Annual Conferences I have attended. I met Stan Lee, Marie Lu, Lois Lowry, Linda Castillo, and Jan Brett.
I must go now, I have to hop on SILO and fill out this ILL so we can use it for our SRP!