Serials cancellations at Western Birdie MacLennan 04 Dec 1992 02:34 UTC

1 message & an editorial response; 100 lines:

Date:         Thu, 3 Dec 1992 17:20:48 CST
From:         Gaele Gillespie <GGILLESP@UKANVM.BITNET>
Subject:      Re: Serials cancellations at Western
In-Reply-To:  Message of Wed, 2 Dec 1992 20:31:35 EST from <clouston@LIB.UWO.CA>

Re:  John Clouston's request for information on serial cancellation projects
at other larger research libraries:

   A number of us have been posting such information to this discussion list
over the past 2-3 weeks. (*)  Rather than trying to repost these messages
individually, perhaps the SERIALST editors could assist you here by sending
you the previously posted messages in a group, or instructions on how to
retrieve those prior postings.  Thanks for your interest in this sometimes
morbid but challenging area of endeavor; and, yes, misery "loves" company!

E. Gaele Gillespie / Asst. Head, Serials     University of Kansas Libraries

Date:       Thu, 03 Dec 1992, 21:30 EST
From:       Birdie MacLennan <BMACLENN@UVMVM.BITNET>

Editor's note:  Earlier this morning I posted an index of messages re.
serials cancellations that were posted to SERIALST since Nov. 1, 1992.
There were 8 postings totalling ca. 300 lines of text.  The index
that was posted was culled by searching the SERIALST archives.  The
archives date back as far as Oct. 1990 and may be retrieved either by
(1) retrieving the monthly log of your choice, or (2) by using
LISTSERV's search protocols to search the SERIALST database and thereby
retrieve indexes to messages on a given <keyword> search, and/or the
full text of individual messages from a search.  Networkers may also
be interested in knowing that SERIALST's logs are now open to the public,
or general networking community -- whereas only a few months ago they
were restricted to SERIALST subscribers only.  You don't need to
subscribe to SERIALST to search or retrieve the logs.

I am appending an excerpt from the most recent <bi-monthly> SERIALST
Scope & Purpose statement that pertains to instructions for retrieving,
or GETting, the monthly logs, as well as searching the SERIALST database/
archives.  Interested networkers are invited and encouraged to use these
resources to retrieve indexes and/or full text messages on topics that
they are interested in.

Birdie MacLennan, Moderator       bmaclenn@uvmvm.bitnet
University of Vermont   

Date:         Wed, 2 Dec 1992 16:48:24 EST
Subject:      <Excerpted from> SERIALST Scope & Purpose statement

NOTE:  Send all search/retrieve commands to LISTSERV@UVMVM or

All messages to SERIALST are automatically archived by month.  You may
     retrieve the monthly archives by issuing the command:
     GET SERIALST LOGyymm  (ex., get serialst log9211).  The
     listserver will automatically send you the monthly log of your
     choice since Oct. 1990 -- i.e., full text of all messages from
     a given month.

The above command can be sent either by (1) sending an interactive
message to: LISTSERV@UVMVM, or (2) by sending the command as a one line
message to: LISTSERV@UVMVM or LISTSERV@UVMVM.UVM.EDU (Don't send it to

NOTE:  All mailing systems can "mail" commands to the listserv ...
Listserv will ignore the "subject" of your mailing.  Many mailing systems
can also send interactive messages (eg., TELL on VM/CMS, XMIT on MVS, SEND
on VAX).   These messages are equally valid ways of sending the commands.

ALSO:  It is possible to search the entire SERIALST message database
interactively, or by submitting batch search jobs to LISTSERV@UVMVM
via e-mail message.

You may search by keyword, BOOLEAN queries and/or search limitations by date.
Because of the involved set of search commands and space limitations of
this document, interested users are referred to two other documents for
the specifics of LISTSERV search commands:

        LISTSERV Database Functions (available from LISTSERV@UVMVM by
           issuing the command:  GET LISTDB MEMO, or
                                 GET LISTDB MEMO F=MAIL)*
       This is a rather lengthy (2148 lines), but comprehensive document.

        Bailey, Jr., Charles W., "How to Search the PACS-L Message
           Database."  This document gives a concise (156 lines)
           overview of Listserv database functions as they relate
           to the PACS-L@UHUPVM1.BITNET forum, and is useful as a
           guide for searching any LISTSERV discussion forum
           (including SERIALST) that maintains database archives.
           Retrieve this document by sending a one line message to:
            LISTSERV@UHUPVM1.BITNET (do not send to LISTSERV@UVMVM)
           The message should say: GET SEARCH DOC
               (or: GET SEARCH DOC F=MAIL).*

           * "F=MAIL" will cause these documents to be sent to you
           as mail messages; omit it, and they will be sent to you
           as files.