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Aotearoa People's Network

Unpacking IT acronyms

The IT world, much like the library world, has its own special jargon which can be difficult to decipher if you're not on the "inside". In this post we'll look at some of the more common acronyms and abbreviations that get used in the APNK offices (ie terms that crossover between the IT and library worlds) and explain what they mean.

  • APNK - Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa. A nice easy one to start with. 
  • CoP - Community of Practice. This is the online networking space that APNK maintains for staff at member libraries. If you work at a library with APNK you can join the CoP by emailing us at
  • GB - Gigabyte. A gigabyte is a measure of digital information storage. In spoken language it will often be referred to as a 'gig' or 'gigs'.
  • GO-GO - Get On Get Off. This is the name of the APNK's PC reservation system that many libraries on our network use to manage their computer bookings.
  • HTTP - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. You'll recognise this as "the bit at the beginning of web addresses". It used to be the case that you had to type in 'http://' in address bars but most modern web browsers let you get away with leaving this out.
  • IE - Internet Explorer. Speaking of browsers, Internet Explorer is a very common one (though it's by no means the most popular globally). In our office it's usually shortened to 'IE' and may be followed by a number that indicates which version is being used such as 'IE8' or 'IE9'.
  • LCD - Liquid Crystal Display. All APNK computers have LCD monitors. They're relatively lightweight and slim, but they do need proper care and maintenance.
  • PC - Personal Computer. Though in a public library setting I guess, they're more like Public Computers.
  • PDF - Portable Document Format. PDF is a file type that is often used for text documents. You need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view them (all APNK PCs come with this software) and they can't easily be edited. APNK PCs have a PDF maker program installed as well.
  • PoE - Power over Ethernet. Usually there are power cables and there are data cables but sometimes, just to keep everyone on their toes, there are cables that do both. Some of our WAPs are powered via a PoE cable.
  • URL - Universal Resource Locator. Every website has a URL (sometimes pronounced 'Earl') but so do individual pages, images and other webpage elements.
  • WAP - Wirelass Access Point. A WAP is a device that broadcasts a wifi signal. Sometimes they have an aerial. Sometimes they look like a flying saucer.
Thursday, April 11, 2013

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