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Listservs I subscribe to -- and how I manage them


Re libraries:


LM_NET -- US School Library Media Specialists

"LM_NET is a discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field.... Conversation on LM_NET should focus on the topics of interest to the school library media community, including the latest on school library media services, operations, and activities. It is a group for practitioners helping practitioners, sharing ideas, solving problems, telling each other about new publications and up-coming conferences, asking for assistance or information, and linking schools through their library media centers."


OZTL_NET -- Australian Teacher Librarians, based out of Charles Sturt University in Australia

"The conversation on OZTL_NET will focus on topics of interest to the Australian teacher librarianship community, including the latest issues and developments that relate to and impact on school library services, operations and activities."


SLN -- UK School Librarians' Network, via Yahoo Groups

"School Librarians' Network is a forum where UK school librarians can exchange news, views and ideas and give each other mutual support on such issues as GNVQ support; budget preparation; IT support generally; literacy; opening hours; staffing; book selection; information skills, etc. It welcomes members from other parts of the world whose input and perspective is valued."


SILC-Asia -- International School Librarians in the Asian-Pacific Rim region, via Yahoo Groups

"The purpose of SILC-Asia is to provide cost-effective services and information to support interlibrary cooperative activities which will strengthen resource sharing and improve the effectiveness of member libraries."


IB-PALMS -- International Baccalaureate Pan Asian Library and Media Specialists, via Yahoo Groups -- NOW DISCONTINUED

"Supporting Librarians and Media Specialists in schools offering any of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) programs"


LIBRARY@LISTSERV.ECIS.ORG -- ECIS Librarians, the listserv of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Library & Information Services Committee


Re children's literature:


CHILD_LIT-- Children's Literature, based out of Rutgers University, New Jersey, in the US

"Child_Lit is an unmoderated discussion group convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism of literature for children and young adults. The list exists for anyone interested in discussing aspects of these broad fields, including authorship, illustration, publication, promotion, readership, reception, criticism and literature's changing social functions and implications."


children-literature-uk -- Children's Literature UK, based out of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL), Roehampton University

"The children-literature-uk discussion group... is intended to provide a space where children's literature issues with a specifically UK focus or starting point can be aired."


CCBC-Net-- Monthly conversations on children's books, the listserv of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), a unique examination, study and research library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US)

"CCBC-Net is a listserv encouraging awareness and discussion of ideas and issues critical to literature for children and young adults. CCBC-Net members explore a wide range of topics in contemporary literature for youth, including multicultural literature, translated books, outstanding, and award-winning books, equity themes and topics, the book arts and book publishing, and more. Every month on CCBC-Net we focus on a new topic or issue."


adbooks -- Adolescent Books Discussion Group, via Yahoo Groups

"The Adbooks Discussion Group chooses at least one book a month to discuss via e-mail. Here are the choices for current and upcoming months."


YALSA -- Young Adult Literature discussion group, the listserv of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA)

"This open list for book discussion invites subscribers to discuss specific titles, as well as other issues concerning young adult reading and young adult literature."


Managing listservs


I set up a Gmail account just for listserv traffic, e.g., mine is day.katie@gmail.com.


Then I set up filters to automatically label incoming mail, e.g., LM_NET, OZTL, CHILD_LIT. I also set up a number of other labels that I can attach to messages as I read them, e.g., booklist by theme, booklist by genre, booklist by read-alike, author/illustrator visits, bulletin board ideas, recommended books, information literacy, etc.


By letting these library and children's literature listserv traffic accumulate (with some reading and weeding on my part), I have ended up with a private composite online database which I can search either by label or full-text. For example, when Pirates of the Caribbean came out and I wanted to do a pirate display, a quick search of my Gmail account for the word "pirate" turned up some relevant postings from various listservs.


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