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To all MEDLIB-L Subscribers,
Please read and save this information about the MEDLIB-L listserv.

This is a periodic posting to explain the purpose, guidelines commands,
archives, and help options for MEDLIB-L, the Medical Libraries Discussion
List
(revised December 1,1999).

A copy of this document is posted at the MLA NET website:
http://www.mlanet.org/discussion/medlib_l_faq.html


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MEDLIB-L GUIDELINES / COMMANDS / ARCHIVES / HELP

A. PURPOSE AND AUDIENCE
B. GUIDELINES FOR MESSAGES
C. MEDLIB-L COMMANDS
D. MEDLIB-L ARCHIVES
E. HOW TO GET HELP WITH YOUR MEDLIB-L SUBSCRIPTION


PURPOSE AND AUDIENCE

MEDLIB-L IS: an electronic discussion list for medical/ health
 sciences librarians/information professionals. This forum focuses on
 ideas, questions, announcements and concerns specific to health
 sciences libraries.

MEDLIB-L IS NOT FOR:

1. Questions from the GENERAL PUBLIC: MEDLIB-L is not a place for the
     general public/students to ask reference questions, to request
assistance
     with library research or medical problems, or to request materials.
These
     questions should be directed to a local medical library or one of the
sci.med
     USENET newsgroups.

2. ADVERTISEMENTS: MEDLIB-L does not accept advertisements or product
     announcements from publishers or producers of print products,
software,
     web pages, etc. Questions and discussions initiated by MEDLIB-L
     subscribers about products and services are appropriate. This provides
an
     avenue for help, hints and recommendations among the colleagues on
this
     list.

3. GENERAL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS: MEDLIB-L should not be
     used for announcements of conferences outside the field (or likely
interest)
     of medical librarians/information professionals. Do not send
announcements
     for conferences in medicine or nursing.

4. JOB WANTED messages: If you are seeking a job in a medical library, it
is
     not appropriate to send a "Position Wanted" posting to MEDLIB-L.
     Announcements of available medical library jobs are welcome. Job
postings
     for medical personnel (other than librarians/information
professionals) are not
     appropriate. Please keep job announcements brief and list an e-mail
     address for further information. Please use the subject: JOB
     POSTING--GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

5. DUPLICATE/WANT LISTS: Do not post lists of duplicate/unwanted books
     and journals (or want lists) on MEDLIB-L. These may be posted on the
     BackMed List. For information about BackMed, send a message to
     [log in to unmask] with the word HELP in the
subject
     line or body of the message, then you will receive a message with
     instructions. Or for a subscription form and information about
BackMed, visit
     the BackMed Web site.

6. ADVOCACY POSTINGS: Postings aimed at collecting mass or organized
     support for political and social causes are not appropriate. Do not
forward
     general Internet, warning, rumor, Good Samaritan, etc., postings to
     MEDLIB-L.


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GUIDELINES FOR MESSAGES

1. Only subscribed users can post messages.
     To post a message to all the current MEDLIB-L subscribers use the
     address: [log in to unmask]

2. Keep postings within the scope of the list. MEDLIB-L should be used for
     MESSAGES OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST TO HEALTH SCIENCES
     LIBRARIANS/INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS. If your message is
     outside of the field of medical librarianship, it probably doesn't
belong on
     MEDLIB-L. Please use restraint with frivolous postings. There are
thousands
     of Newsgroups, many intended specifically for humor. It may help to
keep in
     mind that your message will be sent to more than 2,000 subscribers in
33
     countries.

3. Always use a DESCRIPTIVE SUBJECT LINE. The more descriptive you
     are, the more likely the right people will read your posting. Please
use these
     formats:
          REFERENCE questions: precede your SUBJECT with "Ref Q:" or "?"
           <? subject> <Ref Q subject>
          Answers to reference questions: precede the SUBJECT with an
          exclamation point "! " <! Subject>
          ILL requests: precede the TITLE you need with "ILL: "
          <ill - title> <ill - title - filled>
          Do not make multiple ILL requests in a single message unless from
          same source title. ILL requests should be confined to
emergencies,
          or titles users cannot locate through their regular ILL channels.
          CITATION VERIFICATIONS: precede your subject with "VERIF: "
          JOBS available: precede the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION with "JOB
          POSTING"
          <job posting - geographical location>
          JOKES/ entertainment-type messages, precede your subject with
          "CHAT: "
          Most personal or "chatty" replies should be sent back as personal
          replies (not to entire list).
          THANK YOUS: precede subject with "THANKS"
          Send thanks to INDIVIDUALS not the whole list unless
informational
          to halt others from continuing to fill a request.

4. When replying, double check the original subject line to see if it is 1)
     understandable and 2) fits your posting. If the original subject line
was
     meaningless or misleading, RETYPE an APPROPRIATE SUBJECT LINE. If
     you are using the Reply function to post something on a new topic,
     RETYPE a NEW subject line.

5. Always give your postings a FULL SIGNATURE. Include your NAME,
     E-MAIL ADDRESS, TITLE and INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION. Try to limit
     your signature to four lines.

     NOTE: Please place this signature within the BODY of your MEDLIB-L
     message. Automatic signature files do not display for many MEDLIB-L
     readers, and some e-mail programs will strip the headers from your
post.

6. For reference queries, MEDLIB-L should be used as the avenue of LAST
     resort. Please EXHAUST all of your LOCAL RESOURCES including the
     phone before turning to MEDLIB-L. When you do send a reference query,
     INDICATE WHAT SOURCES YOU HAVE ALREADY CONSULTED. ILL
     requests should be confined to emergencies, or titles users cannot
locate
     through their regular ILL channels.

7. BE BRIEF: keep paragraphs and messages short and to the point. This is a
     high-volume List. DO NOT SEND LONG DOCUMENTS TO THE LIST.
     Describe the document and give instructions for retrieving it or offer
to send
     it to those interested. For conference announcements and job postings,
     send a brief message with an e-mail address for further information.

8. Do not send attachments, HTML, vcf cards, or other encoded documents to
     the MEDLIB-L list. Send your message in plain text (ASCII) only,
please.

9. Read all the incoming mail from the List before responding; someone may
     have already sent a similar reply to yours.

10. SEND PERSONAL REPLIES TO THE INDIVIDUAL not to the whole list.
     MEDLIB-L is configured so that when you use your "Reply To" e-mail
     program feature, Replies are sent to the individual, not the entire
list.

11. When you wish to initiate a group discussion or send a message to the
     entire MEDLIB-L list, do not use the "Reply" feature of your e-mail
program
     Instead, please CREATE A NEW message and send to
     [log in to unmask]

        Examples of messages that should be sent back as personal replies       (posted
to an individual):
                All REQUESTS FOR COPIES of offered materials. These should be
                sent directly to the offerer.
                PERSONAL or CHATTY replies. Most replies that begin "Dear
                __________"
                THANK YOUS unless they are informational to halt other list
                members from continuing to fill a request.
                Messages consisting of "ME TOO" or a synonym thereof.
                "I CAN SUPPLY" responses.
                SURVEY responses.
                Answers to very specific reference questions that are unlikely
to be of
                general interest.

12. When sending a reply to the list, DO NOT INCLUDE THE HEADER from the
     previous message in the body of your message. (this is the part that
     includes "Sender", "From", etc.). The listserv will NOT distribute the
     message. It ends up with the MEDLIB-L delivery errors and may never be
     seen again...

13. When sending a reply to the list, DO NOT INCLUDE THE ENTIRE
     PREVIOUS MESSAGE. EXTRACT only those BRIEF PORTIONS of the
     previous message that are necessary to identify the issue and make
your
     point. Repeating long messages and headers results in increased costs
and
     needlessly clogs MEDLIB-L digests and archives with repetitions of the
     same message.

14. Messages appearing on MEDLIB-L may be forwarded to other lists or
     individuals as long as proper credit is given to the author.

15. Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or
     illegal material. Do not post any materials protected by copyright
without the
     permission of the copyright owner.

16. MEDLIB-L is not a moderated list, and posts are not censored before
they
     appear. This means that some errors or inappropriate posts will
occasionally
     appear on the list, and some people will make mistakes. Please do not
     publicly chastise people who make mistakes. MEDLIB-L is for human
     beings. Perfect people are not permitted to subscribe to MEDLIB-L.

17. MLA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted
by
     users.

18. MLA reserves the right to terminate access to MEDLIB-L and cancel the
     subscription of any user who does not abide by these guidelines.


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MEDLIB-L LISTSERV COMMANDS

The correct address to use for commands is the LISTSERV
 address:
[log in to unmask]

The following are the most frequently used listserv commands for MEDLIB-L:

    Commands that must be entered exactly as shown below are in ALL CAPS.
     Information that you must add to the command is shown in lower case.
     Leave the subject header blank and do NOT add any extraneous text to
your   commands.

1. SUBSCRIBE:
        SUBSCRIBE MEDLIB-L your first name your last name
         To unsubscribe: UNSUBSCRIBE MEDLIB-L

 2. NOMAIL: Useful to turn off your mail for short periods such as when you
go
     on vacation. To set nomail:
         SET MEDLIB-L NOMAIL
         To resume receiving mail: SET MEDLIB-L MAIL

3. DIGEST: Provides ONE cumulative posting per 24 hour period. Persons that
     do not want a lot of individual MEDLIB-L messages may find Digest
useful.
        To set Digest:  SET MEDLIB-L DIGEST
        To Remove Digest option: SET MEDLIB-L NODIGEST

        NOTE: Above commands will be CONFIRMED. IF YOU DO
        NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION MESSAGE, YOUR
        INSTRUCTION WILL NOT HAVE BEEN APPLIED.

4. QUERY: Useful to confirm your address and subscription settings. For
     example, it is common for your Internet address to change with (or
without)
     your knowing it. Even a slight change can prevent your use of the
Listserv
     commands. Query will let you know if your address has changed from
your
     original subscription to MEDLIB-L.

        To query your address: QUERY MEDLIB-L your name
        To query your subscription: QUERY MEDLIB-L


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MEDLIB-L ARCHIVES

1. Contributions sent to MEDLIB-L are automatically archived at the
University
     of Buffalo. You can search the MEDLIB-L archives via the web interface
at
     http://listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu/archives/medlib-l.html

2. An excellent "unofficial" source for the MEDLIB-L archives: dejanews at
     HTTP://DEJANEWS.COM.
     Fill out a search form, retrieving to just MEDLIB-L by using the
filter function.


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HELP WITH YOUR MEDLIB-L SUBSCRIPTION

MEDLIB-L subscribers who have TECHNICAL / SUBSCRIPTION
questions should contact MLA's Systems Administrator
[log in to unmask]

For other questions about MEDLIB-L please contact
Valerie G. Rankow, MEDLIB-L Coordinator
[log in to unmask]



Revised December 1, 1999