Announcing a New Discussion Group for Librarians Interested in Medieval Studies (librarymedievalists)
I wanted to announce a new forum that I have started through Yahoo Groups called Librarymedievalists. As the name indicates, it is a forum specifically for librarians who are interested in any aspect of medieval studies. (Note: Renaissance and Early Modernist interests are welcome as well!) Please feel free to read the information below and join the discussion! If you have any questions, please feel free to write back to me!
David J. Duncan
Guide to Joining the Librarymedievalists Discussion Group (Yahoo Groups)
The Librarymedievalists discussion group is a brand new list devoted to librarians and library school students who are either medievalists or have an interest in any aspect of the societies or peoples from medieval cultures around the world (including Europe, Asia, the Middle East). Discussions can include question about medieval topics, calls for papers, collection development issues, teaching instructional sessions pertaining to relevant subject matter, or anything of interest to the group.
To join, just follow the directions below. If you are already registered with Yahoo Groups, then please feel free to proceed to Step III below.
Thanks for your interest! Look forward to seeing your messages! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at my Yahoo address (email@example.com).
David J. Duncan
Group Moderator, Librarymedievalists
II. Registering for Yahoo Groups
To be a member of the group, you must first register with Yahoo groups. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Using Netscape or Internet Explorer, go to this URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/
2. When the Yahoo Groups page appears, look at the top left part of the screen. Just beneath the "Yahoo Groups" name, there is a Sign In box. At the top of the box, there is a line marked "New users: Click here to register". Click on that link.
3. The Registration page should now be in front of you. Fill out the form carefully by choosing a user name (it can be your real name or, as in my case, a nickname) and a password that you can remember. This is important because Yahoo Groups has several options including subscribing and unsubscribing to groups as well as accessing certain group archival sites which require you to be logged in. The next section has blanks for a security question, an answer to that question, your birth date, and an alternate email address. The security question and answer are important if you forget your password and need to be reminded of it. (Note: Even as a moderator, I do not have access to this information!) Your alternate email address could be your work account, another commercial account or can be left blank. The final section requires your zip code, gender, occupation, and industry. For the last two items, I would choose "Academic/Educator" and "Education, research" choices respectively. Then, unless you want lots of sales pitches, deselect (uncheck) the box next to "Contact me occasionally about special offers and Yahoo! Features" and do not check any of the area below that line. Finally, once everything is set, click on the "Submit Form" button.
III. Registering for Librarymedievalists
Once you are registered with Yahoo Groups, you can join librarymedievalists! To do so, just follow these steps:
1.) Go to this URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Librarymedievalists
2.) In the upper right corner, there is a link "Join this group". Click on it.
3.) The next page offers some listserv options. (Frequency of messages (digest or regular), format of messages (leave as HTML unless you wish to receive text/non-HTML), and the email address to which you would like your mail to be sent (either your primary Yahoo one or the alternate address)
4.) Look over the form and make sure that everything is filled out correctly. When finished, click on the "Subscribe" button. This action will send the message to me for approval. Yahoo will send a message detailing this procedure.
5.) Once I get the message, I'll write you back with a survey-currently under development asking a few questions: name, affiliation, position title, medieval interests, topics you would like to see discussed, etc.
6.) Just reply to the message with your answers.
7.) If everything's in order, I will add you to the group.
Once again, if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! I am looking forward to your comments in the Group!
David J. Duncan
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 68
Wichita, KS 67260-0068
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