By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
“The library empowers you to have a better life ... The library is a great equalizer and levels the playing field of life circumstances.”
— Linda Tufaro
In honor of Linda Tufaro’s retirement from the Pearl River County Library System and Carol Phares’ appointment to her position, this week’s column involves library terms.
When visiting the library, you may hear these terms and be unsure of their meaning, as they are not commonly used in everyday communications.
If a librarian refers you to an abstract, they are not referring to a painting on the wall. But what is it?
If you have a citation, it is not a ticket.
A catalog is not filled with clothing and home items for shopping.
A journal is not your diary. A peer reviewed journal is not your diary that your brother stole and passed around school.
Microfiche is not another name for the small fish you bought for your new fish tank.
So what do these terms mean?
With the help of http://www.tarleton.edu/depart
— Abstract: A brief summary of an article, report, document, book, and so on that includes the author's main points and/or an overview of the item's content.
— Citation: An entry for a book, a periodical, or other item that contains all the information necessary to identify and locate the work (for example, author's name, item title, publisher, date, volume, issue number, and page numbers).
— Peer-Reviewed Journal: A periodical that contains scholarly research, which is published as articles, papers, research reports, or technical reports. Items are reviewed by a panel of experts (peer-review) before being published.
— Microfiche: A small card-shaped sheet of photographic film used to store miniaturized text and/or images.
Words can wield power and knowledge of them can empower those who use them correctly.
Tufaro has her personal favorites when it comes to words.
She says, “I like the word ability. When it is connected to other words such as accessibility, applicability, and adaptability it empowers you. That is what the library does.
“The library empowers you to have a better life. It doesn’t matter your age, race or standing in life. The library is a great equalizer and levels the playing field of life circumstances. It can used for either good or evil but the knowledge it affords those who use it is undeniable.”