This paper aims to select a few terms in common use today in the library and information science domain, and looks into their usage over time.
The use of terms is traced historically, if somewhat informally, through writings such as websites, press releases and articles.
“Discovery tool” suddenly acquired a specific meaning in 2009. “Digital preservation” and “digital curation” may never sort themselves out. “OPAC” and “ILS” are terms in disfavor as the products they refer to lose luster.
The value of the paper is to make readers more aware of the way they use words by reflecting on some commonly used terms in the library and information science domain.
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