Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library Users

The Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section is pleased to present the Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library Users, now available as a Google Doc. This multilingual glossary includes a language table of commonly-used library terms presented in seven languages, and definitions for each term in English. These documents are designed to assist ESL speakers and the librarians who work with them. Converting the glossary table and definitions to Google Documents enables the committee to readily implement new terminology and make revisions as the lexicon evolves.

The committee acknowledges that these resources are not comprehensive, nor do they reflect the many dialects and nuances within each language. Due to these known limitations, we encourage users of the Multilingual Glossary to adapt this resource to meet the needs of your community. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

If you are interested in contributing to future development or revision of this resource, please contact the committee chair. The committee is currently seeking contributions for new terminology to add to the glossary, and volunteers to review the language translations.

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