WELCOME TO THE
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.
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED
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:
What is FCC/SLA?
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
* Queries on topics of mutual interest.
* Announcements of chapter meetings and other
* 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.
How do I subscribe to FCCSLA Listserv?
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3. How do I Respond to Messages? (Top)
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, SLA-CFFC@lists.sla.org
. 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 SLA-CFFC@lists.sla.org
exactly as you would to send an e-mail message to a person.
In this way your message will be distributed to everyone who
5. What is good FCC/SLA Etiquette?
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,
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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 ">"
* 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
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.
Don't send messages to the list about bounced messages.
Send such messages to the list manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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 email@example.com
rather than sending mail to the list as a whole.
How do I obtain assistance?
For assistance, please contact the List Manager, Marianne