Re: Notice of New Listserv: Serial Change Notice (Dan Lester) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 17 Aug 2001 17:54 UTC
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 11:41:57 -0600 From: Dan Lester <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Notice of New Listserv: Serial Change Notice (Chris Troutman) A few quick thoughts from one who manages over a dozen lists using LISTSERV(R), most of them related to library technology. IMHO, Topica is a bad deal. I don't care about the legal stuff, but it is a pain to use. I offered the ERIL owners the chance to move that list (which I'm a member of and like) to listserv.boisestate.edu. They seemed interested, but nothing has happened. Their call, not mine. The offer still stands. The same offer is open to other lists relating to libraries and librarianship (in the broadest terms....we cover collecting librariana, several specific products [firstsearch, ariel, Geac Advance], and other library topics, such as circulation and business librarianship. There are no charges to anyone. Some members have chosen to make donations to the BSU Foundation in appreciation, but that isn't a goal in having the lists (and they certainly don't pay for themselves). As to the need for the list, that will be determined by the list itself, and those who run and join it. Nothing can make a list survive or be useful except the members. If no one but the creators see a real need for it, then it will wither and die. If all serials changes move to it, then others can choose to join both, the one they need, or neither. Of course what is likely to happen is that most changes will be posted both places and then users will have to decide whether they need duplicate notices of most in order to get the few that would be on the new list alone. Finally, if I were going to use one of the "new list management systems", I'd use Yahoo! Groups, which seems to work much more efficiently. But for any academic or library topic, it should always be possible to find a home for it on a genuine LISTSERV machine somewhere. cheers dan Thursday, August 16, 2001, 8:06:32 AM, you wrote: EcVE> It seems to me that the creation of another listserve for the purpose of EcVE> just learning of title changes, numbering changes, frequency, EcVE> etc. is redundant since such information is posted here. Are there any EcVE> serials librarians who don't need title change information? Will we now EcVE> have to post such information to both listserves. If we don't, then EcVE> librarians will have to read both in order to get all the information. -- Dan Lester, Data Wrangler dan@RiverOfData.com 3577 East Pecan, Boise, Idaho 83716-7115 USA www.riverofdata.com www.gailndan.com Stop Global Whining!