Guidelines

logo.jpg (10323 bytes) LM_NET reminders  – Things every subscriber should remember

Last updated January 23, 2011

IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED ON ALL MESSAGES POSTED TO LM_NET

Here is an example of the information to include with each message you post:
1.  Name, Occupation/Job Title       Jo Booksworth, Librarian
2.  Worksite                                    Best School, Bestville, CA
3.  e-mail address                            JBOOKSWORTH@BEST.K12.CA.US
If you do not know how to automate this procedure, ask your network manager if there is an automatic way to include a signature file in your messages. Most are able to do so.

PROPER FORM FOR POSTED MESSAGES: AVOID HTML AND MIME FORMATS

Please configure your e-mail software to send in TEXT ONLY. Please DO NOT compose messages in HTML or MIME format. Such settings are controlled by your local e-mail setup or options.  Also, please DO NOT send attachments, as they will be stripped before a message is sent to the list.

COPYRIGHT CONSIDERATIONS
All postings to LM_NET are protected under copyright law. Please DO NOT post or make use of any messages posted to LM_NET without obtaining permission from the LM_NET Moderators first at LM_NET-request@listserv.syr.edu

Please do not post material that is copyright protected by someone else without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder. Violations of copyright law are reasons for loss of posting privileges to LM_NET.

The LM_NET Moderators reserve the right to use any posting to LM_NET in their promotion of LM_NET, in their articles, books, presentations, seminars, classes and in any other form or format that might be used to discuss, share information or inform others about LM_NET.

MAIL CONTROL
You may receive an average of 75 messages each day from LM_NET. Please be sure to check your mail regularly, and delete mail after you have made use of it.  If your mailbox becomes full, your mail is sent back to the sender and to the listserv processor and you are automatically deleted by the list software.

COMMERCIAL AND PROMOTIONAL MESSAGE CONSIDERATIONS
Messages from vendors, producers, authors, speakers, conference/workshop/seminar organizers, consultants, other producers of products, or people promoting any kind of causes are prohibited without prior permission from the LM_NET Moderators.

As a service to supportive vendors, we have made available EL-ANNOUNCE, a moderated, read-only group.  If you subscribe, you will receive announcements of new products, services, or opportunities specifically suited the  education and library fields. This is an announcement list only–there will be no discussion, but you will be able to reply directly to a specific vendor to obtain additional information.

See:  http://lmnet.wordpress.com/category/links/el-announce/

We do allow for leeway when a school library media professional, who is currently employed in a school, district or academic position, would like to announce a book that they have published. Please restrict announcements to once per item.

 

A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT STAYING ON TOPIC AND VOLUME CONTROL
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.  LM_NET is 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.

The LM_NET discussion is open to ALL school library media specialists – worldwide- and people involved with the school library media field. It is _not_ for general librarians or educators.  Please help keep the activity and discussion focused on school library media.  But, LM_NET can be used by library media people for many different things– to ask for input, share ideas and information, link programs that are geographically remote, make contacts, etc.

Never post a message to the group which would not be of interest to thousands of people. It is considered wasteful of the time of list members to be pestered with meaningless (to them) messages which are of value only to a small number of people. LM_NET is NOT a newsgroup, where people reply to each other routinely posting to the group.

Please do NOT recommend products, services, or websites unless you have personally reviewed or visited them. If a vendor asks you to post a commercial endorsement or message on
their behalf, please check with the moderator first. Normally, we do not allow such postings.

All postings over 75 lines long (approximately four screens’ length) MUST be approved in advance by the LM_NET moderators.

You may reply offlist to individual members as often as you like, but please limit weekly onlist postings to a couple of times a week. If you have many resources you would like to share with the group (book reviews, recommended resources, etc.), please compile these into weekly posts to share with members.

Do not share chain letters, virus warnings, or generally distributed emails not related to school libraries with the group.  Many of these contain incorrect information, sometimes purposefully, or contain information that is outdated.

Do not solicit votes for contests from group members unless it is specifically school library related and you are a personal participant.  Do not solicit votes for friends, especially for non-school library topics.

Carefully consider whether your reply to a post should be directed offlist to the individual or to the entire group.  Please send information directly to the original poster, not the entire group.  This is especially true in the case of TARGETs where the OP will compile and submit a HIT of all resources back to the group later.  Please see our TARGET/HIT guidelines for this useful means of gathering and sharing information via the listserv.

When replying onlist to a post, please include the original message (or a snippit if the message is long) so that members have enough context from the original post to follow the discussion.

Please use a Subject that clearly indicates the information you are posting.  Most members scan Subjects to determine which messages to read and delete, and carefully crafted Subjects help our colleagues enormously in this task.  Please see our Subject Keywords for suggestions.  It is helpful to use one of these keywords in addition to specific grade level keywords (ELEM, MID, HS) whenever possible.

Off Topic (OT) posts are not encouraged by the list.    When OT posts are frequent, it creates the feel of an “anything goes” list rather than a professional one.  Our members participate in social forums (including Facebook) and Off Topic discussions are best handled in those arenas.

Please remember that LM_NET messages may be publicly accessed via the archives by any individual – including non-members. Archived messages may appear in search engine results.  For example, performing a Google search of a member’s name may retrieve results that include archived LM_NET messages.  This is an important consideration when determining what you post to the group – remember that posts you make to the listserv are also accessible by the entire world, including employers.

CHANGING SUBSCRIPTION SETTINGS

To make a change to your LM_NET Subscription, including temporarily stopping mail, please see http://lmnet.wordpress.com/subscribe/. The instructions for most settings changes are also listed at the bottom of every LM_NET message for your convenience.

POSTING YOUR MAIL MESSAGES TO ALL LM_NET MEMBERS
How do you send a message to all of the other subscribers of LM_NET? It’s easy. Just send an e-mail message as you would to anyone else with an electronic mail address.
Send to: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
If you post a message to LM_NET, please note that you WILL receive a copy of your message from the listserv.This is something that LM_NET devised to assist us in making LM_NET as effective as possible. Sharing the results is an important part of this process, so please don’t forget to share.

Also, be sure your message uses an appropriate Keyword and includes a complete Signature.

LM_NET DAILY DIGEST OPTION AVAILABLE
If you would like to have all of the messages posted to LM_NET compiled into a single message, and sent to your mailbox _once_ each day, you now have that option.  (If more than 300 lines of messages are posted on a given day, another daily digest will be issued after that cutoff point.)

To activate the LM_NET Digest feature, send a mail message to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU with one of the following commands in the _body_ of the message,

To turn the digest on:    SET LM_NET DIGEST
To turn the digest off:   SET LM_NET NODIGEST

TEMPORARILY STOPPING MAIL FROM LM_NET
If you want to stop receiving mail from LM_NET for a period of time, all you have to do is send a specific message to the listserv computer which handles LM_NET mail.

1. Send the message  to:   LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
2. In the body of the message, type the following:  set lm_net nomail
*  To restart your LM_NET mail, send to the same address, the following:   set lm_net mail

LM_NET ADDRESSES: TWO, EACH FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE
Many features of this discussion group are automated.  LISTSERV automatically handles two types of messages, using separate addresses through which it receives its e-mail message commands:

a. Mail messages to ALL LM_NET members:  LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

b. Administrative listserv requests (i.e., to the computer):  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

POSTING YOUR MAIL MESSAGES TO ALL LM_NET MEMBERS
How do you send a message to all of the other subscribers of LM_NET? It’s easy. Just send an e-mail message as you would to anyone else with an electronic mail address.
Send to: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
If you post a message to LM_NET, please note that you WILL receive a copy of your message from the listserv.


HOW TO SIGN OFF LM_NET
You may leave the LM_NET at any time by sending the “SIGNOFF LM_NET” command by e-mail to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

Please note that this command is sent only to the listserv address: [It must _NOT_ be sent to the membership list address.]

Please allow time for the confirmation message to reach you. This normally is sent to you immediately after the Listserv receives your command.

HOW TO FIND OUT AN LM_NET MEMBER’S E-MAIL ADDRESS
Member addresses are obtainable for legitimate purposes by writing to the list owners at: LM_NET-request@listserv.syr.edu who will contact the person to ask for permission to forward your request.

FINDING/SEARCHING THE LM_NET ARCHIVES AND RELATED INFORMATION
The LM_NET Archives and other helpful, related information is available at http://lmnet-archive.iis.syr.edu

HOW TO SHARE LM_NET WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
Have them subscribe!  To subscribe to LM_NET, just do this:
1.  Send an e-mail message  to:  LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
2.  In the first line of the message, type: SUBSCRIBE LM_NET Firstname Lastname

(Of course, you would substitute your actual name in the line, such as “SUBSCRIBE LM_NET Your Name”    No quotes necessary

The LM_NET listserv computer will respond with an informative message, which will ask for a confirmation.  You will then be added if you properly follow the directions.

TARGET/HIT->  AN LM_NET DISCUSSION TOOL
Your LM_NET moderators ask that you use the TARGET/HIT procedure to help make L_NET discussions more valuable. We have more than 12,000 people reading the list.) Specifically, please TARGET-> your queries, and use a HIT-> summary to share their responses received.

For example,  “TARGET-> Bullying websites- January 2011.” would appear in the subject line of the message.  In the body of the message the person might say something like the following: “Hi, this is Ben.  I would like to TARGET-> Bullying websites for middle school. I’d like to find out how others on LM_NET are dealing with bullying in their schools. If people will respond to me, I’ll compile your responses and post A HIT-> on the topic back to the entire LM_NET.”

Then, when enough responses are collected, the originator summarizes or compiles the responses, and posts the TARGET-> topic summary as a HIT. So now, everyone on the list can read, _if_ they are interested. This is a terrific way to add value to the list.

SUMMARY:  TARGET/HIT-> is a four-step process:

  1. The TARGET: originator proposes the subject for answering/commenting. i.e., TARGET: Bulling websites.
  2. Those interested in the subject send their responses to the “originator of the TARGET: question. Please do NOT post the response to the group.
  3. TARGET: originator summarizes or collates the responses, and then,
  4. Posts the summarized responses to the entire list, using the original subject of their message as a HIT->.  i.e., HIT: Choosing Online Catalogs.Thank you for your support of this innovation for Internet discussions.
    We hope your comments and questions, observations and ideas will be
    shared with the entire LM_NET list.


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