Glossary of Folger terminology

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This glossary provides explanations of terms and acronyms that are used at the Folger (though some may have originated elsewhere or reflect previous practices).



  • CLIR: Council of Library and Information Resources
  • CEC: Consortium Executive Committee


  • DCRM



  • IFLA: International Federation of Library Associations
  • IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services


  • NACO
  • NDSR: National Digital Stewardship Residency


  • RBMS: The Rare Books and Manuscripts section of the American Library Association, which "represents and promotes the interests of librarians who work with rare books, manuscripts, and other types of special collections."


  • Shelfmarks: Term formerly used interchangeably with "call numbers" for describing the location of collection items. Starting in 2014 we're making an effort to use "call numbers" only.
  • SSF: Secondary School Festival
  • STC: Variously used to refer to a book printed in in England, Scotland, or Ireland (or an English-language book printed elsewhere) between the years 1475 and 1640, and to A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640 (the published catalog of such books, also known as "Pollard and Redgrave").


  • Tea: Shared staff and reader break time in the Tea Room, Monday through Friday, starting at 3pm and ending at 3:30. Complementary coffee, tea, and cookies are served.
  • Tea Room: Staff break room on the basement level. Also open to readers at Tea.
  • TSI: Teaching Shakespeare Institute