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GENRE - A type or class of literature. In fiction, genre is based on form (novel, novelette, short story, etc.) and theme (mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, western, etc.).

GIA – Grants in Aid. For public libraries, intended to improve library services and reduce inequities among communities.

GLOSSARY - An alphabetical list of terms concerned with a particular subject or area of interest, together with definitions.

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT - Any publication bearing the imprint of a federal, state, local, or foreign government or of an intergovernmental organization.

GPO - Government Publishing Office. A source of federal government publications.


HARDWARE - The bolts, nuts, boards, chips, wires, transformers, circuits, etc. in a computer - the physical components of a computer system.

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. 

HOLDINGS - The quantitative stock of materials (print and non-print) owned by a library listed in its catalog. Synonymous in this sense with library collection.

HOMEPAGE - The first or main page of a site on the World Wide Web, which appears on the computer screen whenever a user logs on to a Web browser and opens the site's address (URL).

HTML (HYPERTEXT MARK UP LANGUAGE) - The standard format used to create hypertext documents for users of the World Wide Web.

HYPERTEXT- A method of organizing data in an electronic file or database in such a way that sources can be interlinked, rather than viewed separately in linear sequence. Hypertext is the basic organizing principle of the World Wide Web.

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