Chapter Listserv



This listserve belongs to the Fairfield County, Connecticut Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Chapter subject interest is wide-ranging and contains almost as many headings as we have members. Subjects range from Abnormal Psychology to the Wire Industry and include Business, Information and Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Finance, Law and Marketing among many others.


This set of guidelines is sent to new members and will be reissued to the group every couple of months or when changes warrant.

The contents of this FAQ are as follows:

1. What is FCC/SLA? (Top)

The Mission Statement of the Conference
FCC/SLA is the listserv of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Its purpose is to give chapter members another means of communication among themselves. It may be used when members wish to make an announcement, share information, discuss an issue, idea or problem. SLA is an international professional association representing information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision making. The Fairfield County Chapter consists of approximately 100 members drawn from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, public libraries, and independent information professionals. Those considering membership in the association are welcome to join.

Tenets of FCC/SLA

Everyone is welcome. Focus will be on topics relevant to the membership of the SLA Fairfield County Chapter.

Examples of suitable subjects for posting

* Discussions of topics of interest to special librarians from daily practical problems to the future of librarianship.
* Queries on topics of mutual interest.
* Announcements of chapter meetings and other activities.
* Announcements forwarded from SLA Association Office or from other SLA Chapters/Divisions, etc. of general interest to Chapter members.
* Job announcements.
* Member news.
* Sharing of committee information.
* Announcements of forthcoming books, etc. of interest to members.

2. How do I subscribe to FCCSLA Listserv? (Top)

Send an email message with a blank subject line to:

The only text on the page should be: 

        subscribe sla-cffc your e-mail-address firstname lastname

EXAMPLE:    subscribe sla-cffc John Public

To unsubscribe from a list, send a message with a blank subject line to with unsubscribe sla-cffc your-e-mail-address in the body of the message.

Once your subscription has been received, you will receive messages posted to the list until you "unsubscribe" or until mail bounces to your email account. Because of the large volume of messages that bounce because of intermittent problems, you may become "unsubscribed" in this way. PLEASE be sure to unsubscribe from the list and then resubscribe when your email address changes, or send a message to the list manager for assistance!

3. How do I Respond to Messages? (Top)

To respond to an individual sender directly, use the reply command since this list is set up so the "From" field shows the individual sending the mail and the "To" field contains the your name, FCC/SLA. To respond to the list as a whole, address your message to, . Clearly label your topic in the subject field and note if you are responding to an earlier posting. The format, RE: earlier topic, is often used.

4. How do I send messages, submit queries, reports, reviews, etc.? (Top)

Send your submission via an e-mail note addressed to exactly as you would to send an e-mail message to a person. In this way your message will be distributed to everyone who is subscribed.

5. What is good FCC/SLA Etiquette? (Top)

This list is what we make of it. Participants on this list ALL AGREE that the topics of discussion should relate to issues of interest to members of the Fairfield County Chapter of SLA. We believe that, generally, anything that a subscriber thinks is appropriate IS. The goal of this conference is to promote networking.
Courtesy among subscribers is assumed. The following is a well thought-out set of guidelines for e-mail etiquette:

Points for Effective Computer Mediated Communication
Extracted from: Howard Rosenbaum and Gregory B. Newby. "An Emerging Form of Human Communication: Computer Networking" In ASIS '90: Proceedings of the 53rd ASIS Annual Meeting 1990, v.27, Toronto, Ontario, November 4-8, 1990.

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These points apply for personal email, mail to a group of people, mail sent to a distribution list, or items posted to a Usenet or other bulletin board-type systems.
* Read carefully what you receive, to make sure that you are not misunderstanding the message.
* Read carefully what you send, to make sure that your message will not be misunderstood.
* If you are using humor or sarcasm, make sure it is clearly labeled as such.
* Remember that the absence of cues associated with face to face communication provide for an environment where it is
* easy to misunderstand what is being said.
* Know your audience. Make sure that the person or list of people you are sending your message to are the appropriate one(s) to communicate with.
* Be tolerant of newcomers. Do not abuse new users of computer networks for their ignorance -- be patient as they first learn to crawl, then to walk.
* Avoid cluttering your messages with excessive emphasis (such as stars, arrows and the like). It may make the message hard to follow.
* If you are responding to a message, either include part of the original message in your message, or make sure you unambiguously refer to the original message's contents. It is very possible that people will read your response to the message before they read the original (A convention is to precede each line of the original message you include with the ">" character;
* Always include a descriptive subject line in your message. If you are responding to another message, your subject line should be the same, with "RE:" at the beginning. If you are going off track, change the subject line. For example, if the original subject was "Email." the follow-up subject would be "RE: Email." A spin-off subject would be: "My view of the world (was RE: Email)."
* Keep messages to only one subject. This allows readers to quickly decide whether they need to read the message in full. Second subjects may be missed.
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Cross-Posting from other Lists
Cross-posting, or forwarding a note you have seen on another list, is a normal procedure on mailing lists. It is good form to notify the original writer of a note of your intention to forward that note. If you are sending a note of your own to several lists, it is a courtesy to have the note "fwd from" in the subject field or to draw attention to the cross-posting at the beginning of the message to make it easier for people subscribed to several lists to delete the duplicates.

Bouncing Messages
Don't send messages to the list about bounced messages. Send such messages to the list manager, . From time to time some messages to individual subscribers of FCC/SLA will bounce because of change of address, insufficient mailbox capacity, or temporary failure on the system of the individual whose mail has bounced. Sometimes this happens to the mail going to subscribers because the automatic address received by the list when the individual sends the subscription message does not happen to be the machine where mail is received but rather the address where mail is sent out. The problem of bounced messages is not unique to FCC/SLA but happens in all unmoderated discussion groups. FCC/SLA is currently set so that bouncing messages will more often be received by the person sending a query or message to the list than to the list membership as a whole. The list manager will try to take care of these bounced addresses as quickly as possible. Please feel free to bring these messages to the attention of the list manager by sending e-mail to rather than sending mail to the list as a whole.

6. How do I obtain assistance? (Top)

For assistance, please contact the List Manager, Marianne Cirrito:


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