As a Librarian, there are many e-mail lists that look interesting to me. In the past, I’ve been an active member of such lists, answering questions from peers and indeed asking questions of them. At their best, they’re more than a place to watch for information, but an active forum for discussion and sharing of expertise and good practice.
There are three main sources that I’ve identified: take a look and see if you find something interesting. My tip is to look at the archives of a list that seems good, to see how much activity it has: is this level what you are looking for?
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) lists -There are lots of lists and some are open to subscriptions, although many are closed to group members.
- American Library Association (ALA) lists – I was surprised to see that you don’t need to be a member of the ALA to subscribe to all of these lists: many are open.
- UK’s JISCmail lists – this huge collection goes way beyond librarianship in the scope covered, but there are lots of lists relevant to librarians: look for list names beginning “LIB” or “LIS”. LIS-LINK was always the main list to watch. Jiscmail is also the host for many CILIP lists.
Are there other lists of e-mail lists that you recommend for librarians?