Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-Conferences
The original Directory team is no longer able to maintain it. We are considering options for future, but the Directory will probably not ever be recreated. Many other tools, blogs, wikis, and other social networking tools are replacing the original discusion lists and newsgroups.
Cordially, Diane K. Kovacs diane at kovacs dot com
The Directory History and the Directory Team
The Directory Team that completed the final 2000 print version and the revisions through 01/14/01:
Diane Kovacs - Editor-in-Chief President, Kovacs Consulting Internet & World Wide Trainingdiane@kovacs.com Leela Balraj Librarian, Kent State University email@example.com Martha Fleming Information Specialist, Ernst & Young firstname.lastname@example.org Molly Parsson Parrson's Administrative Assistance email@example.com Mitzi Killeen Professional Free-Lance Indexing firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences: The First Three Years" by Diane Kovacs (Parts 1 and 2) published originally in the
The Directory Team: Gladys Smiley Bell Paul Fehrmann Leslie Haas Gerald Holmes Michael Kovacs Jeanne Langendorfer Amey Park Kara Robinson Table of Contents: (Part One)
Foreword, The Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences, History and Background of the Project, How and Where the Directory is being Used, Conclusion, Bibliography Reviews and Citations in the Print and Electronic Literature Quantitative Usage Data, Appendix B GOPHER, WAIS and Campus Wide Information Server sites
The Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences is more than a collection of academic discussion lists and resources of interests to the academic community. It is these, of course, and it serves the community well by providing an easy to get and easy to use source for information about what is going on in my own and related fields. It helps me stay current and to communicate rapidly with my colleagues around the world. It is useful to students because it encourages them to relate contemporary happenings to the classical literature in their disciplines. Yes, the Directory is an enormously successful collection for the scholar seeking information, colleagues, directions, trends, and predictions within hundreds of disciplines, sub- disciplines, and within cross-disciplinary activities. But there is more to the Directory -- more than the team perhaps envisioned when they set off on this academic journey. The Directory is an important historical document. It chronicles science and scholarship in the making. In it, the historian of contemporary science finds the raw material to document today's scholarship and to trace the evolution of scientific inquiry and thought. The Directory represents the many layers and dimensions of science and scholarship. I look forward to witnessing its continued growth and good health. G. Phillip Cartwright Davis, CA June, 1993
The Directory of Scholarly E-conferences
Professor Lancaster in Libraries and Librarians in an Age of Electronics, 1982 observed that scholars in several fields had begun relying on electronic communications and databases accessed through their personal computers to satisfy their information needs. These scholars had begun to form "online intellectual communities. .a kind of electronic invisible college" (Libraries and Librarians in an Age of Electronics,). These "online intellectual communities" take the form of electronic or e-mail based conferences (e- conferences) and journals (e-journals) that are distributed using the BITNET and Internet international computer networks. E-conferences have proliferated in the last few years, fulfilling Professor Lancaster's predictions. Librarians have a particularly significant role to play in the network environment. They are professional organizers of information. Scholars tap librarians' skills to locate and gain access to information in the library. The opportunity now exists to begin to provide the same professional liaison between end-users and information in the networked information environment as has always been provided for end-users of information in paper form. The Directory of Scholarly E-conferences is a project which demonstrates the value of librarians in the networked information environment. It is a free, network-available publication that addresses the needs of scholars to know what e-conferences exist in their subject area. The Directory has very successfully met this need. The project identifies e- conferences and e-journal distributions that are of interest to scholars in the humanities, social, physical and biological sciences, as well as general academic e- conferences and business related e-conferences. The e- conferences are selected from all the variety of forms available: mailing lists, discussion lists, electronic fora, LISTSERV lists, interest groups, newsgroups and more. The Directory organizes the e-conferences by subject discipline and provides information on the topic, subscription information, archiving, moderation and institutional affiliation. Subject keywords are attached to every entry. The Directory currently contains descriptions of 1200 e-conferences on topics of interest to scholars. This is a 50% increase from the 5th Revision. It has been published annually since 1990, in print format, by the Association of Research Libraries and is available on a number of network databases. Hypercard and HYTELNET versions exists and a dBase version is in progress. History and Background of the Project In the Fall of 1990 someone on the HUMANIST e-conference suggested that it would be a good idea to compile a list of e-conferences in existence that were of interest to humanities scholars. Diane K. Kovacs had been compiling such a list for the use of humanities scholars at Kent State University and volunteered to develop the list further and make it available through the HUMANIST LISTSERV Fileserver. On January 17, 1991 the 1st edition of The Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences then called Discussion Lists for Academics was placed on the LISTSERV Fileserver for HUMANIST@BROWNVM. The 2nd and 3rd editions came in quick succession: February 24, 1991 and May 16, 1991 (respectively). They were also placed on the LISTSERV Fileserver for LIBREF-L@KENTVM and ARACHNET@UOTTAWA. The 3rd, May 16, 1991 edition was the first to be made available via anonymous FTP on ksuvxa.kent.edu. Due to illness of the compiler the 4th edition was not released until March 10, 1992 with the current title The Directory of Scholarly E- Conferences. The 2nd ARL print edition was announced on March 30, 1992. The 5th edition was released November 2, 1992 and was the first to be compiled by the Directory Team, The 5th edition was reformatted into a database format with field labels and was released as a Hypercard Stack. The 6th edition was released February 23, 1993 and refined the database format and included a keyword field. The 3rd ARL print edition, which included a keyword index, was released May 9, 1993. The Directory Team decided on a bi-annual publication schedule for future electronic editions. The 1st edition contained just over 200 e-conferences both BITNET and Internet based Humanities and Social Science related e-conferences. The 2nd edition contained 267 e- conferences. The 4th edition included just over 673 e- conferences and had expanded to include e-conferences from the biological and physical sciences as well as business and academic adminstration. The 5th edition included 805 e- conferences from the humanities, social sciences, biological, physical and administrative sciences. The 6th edition contained 1200 e-conferences in the areas above and included a new section on computer science and social and cultural aspects of computing. How and Where the Directory is being Used Uses of the Directory fall into four categories: 1. GOPHER, WAIS and Campus Wide Information Server sites 2. Library Uses 3. Teaching Uses (as text or supplement) 4. Research or Professional Activity Uses This data is compiled from several sources: requests for permission to use the Directory, responses to survey distributed to several e-conferences querying how and where the Directory is being used, messages sent spontaneously, and searches using Veronica (to search Gopher servers), WAIS and ARCHIE. Extracts from the data are included in the Appendices. The data is summarized for each category below. In the United States, forty-four sites in twenty-five states make available the e-version of the Directory on a GOPHER, WAIS or other Information server. These sites include a high school, three network services organizations, two government agencies, and a commercial site. Internationally, the e-version is available on 17 information servers in 8 countries. These countries include Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Some sites compiled usage statistics (see Appendix A.) One hundred and eighty-six libraries in the United States have a catalogued copy of the print version for which a holdings record can be found on OCLC or RLIN. Internationally, three Australian libraries, two Canadian libraries, and two United Kingdom libraries indicated that they have a catalogued copy of the print version. The American University in Bulgaria has made available the e- version. Several libraries indicated that they also make the e-version available. Most of the data on Teaching Uses of the Directory was obtained from requests for permission to use the Directory. Six instructors indicated that they use the Directory in teaching Internet end-user courses for faculty and librarians. Three instructors used the Directory in teaching Library and Information Science courses. Journalism, Physics and History instructors have also used the Directory as supplementary material in courses they have taught. Australian, Canadian and United Kingdom instructors were included in the data. Responses to the survey distributed to several e- conferences querying how and where the Directory is being used and many spontaneous e-mail messages, indicate that a large number of people are using the Directory for their research and professional activities. These include using the Directory as a sampling mechanism for studies of electronic communication, using the Directory itself as the object of study, sharing the information with colleagues and clients as part of professional activities. These responses came from all over the United States. Internationally, it is notable that responses from the Ukraine, Hungary, Belgium, Chile and Guam stated that the Directory was a very valuable source for research. In the case of the Ukraine and Hungary the Directory provides a link to communication to the western world heretofore unavailable. Conclusion The 7th electronic edition of the Directory of Scholarly E-Conference is planned for September, 1993. That electronic edition will improve on the information provided and expand to include Usenet Newsgroups in a more comprehensive fashion. The Directory continues to seek to improve information access for scholars to this growing area of scholarly communications. The future will continue show the Directory taking its place among the standard reference sources for academic libraries and bridging the transformation from the print to the electronic information environment. Bibliography: Reviews and Citations in the Print and Electronic Literature A. Reviews EDUPAGE - Newletter (email@example.com) Thursday, 3 Jun 1993 Chronicle of Higher Education June 2, 1993 p. A15 "Choice Best Reference Tool of the Year Award 1992." Strangelove, Michael.; Kovacs, Diane K. Directory of electronic journals, newsletters and academic discussion lists (book review).; Centing, Richard R., reviewer.; Choice 29 (April 1992) p. 1205-6 Jul, Erik. Of barriers and breakthroughs; Electronic publishing. Computers in Libraries 12(3)(March 1992) p. 20 "List of Scholarly Lists" WESS Newsletter (Spring 1991) p. 3 McKenzie, Alan T. The Academic Online Newsletter. 1991 p. 44. Strangelove, Michael.; Kovacs, Diane K. Directory of electronic journals, newsletters and academic discussion lists (book review); Grosch, Audrey N., 1934-, reviewer.; The Library Quarterly 62 (April 1992) p. 250 Directory of electronic journals, newsletters and academic discussion lists (book review); Sweet, Charles E., reviewer.; Database (Weston, Conn.) 15 (February 1992) p. 71-2 "ARL Directory of Electronic Publications"; ALCTS Newsletter 2(8) p. 95 B. Citations (Works in progress are listed in Appendix E.) Kochmer, Jonathan and NorthWestNet. The Internet Passport: NorthWestNet's Guide to our World Online. 4th ed. 1993 NorthWestNet and Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, Inc., Bellevue, WA. Newby, Gregory. Directory of Directories on Internet. In Press Tillman, Hope and Ladner Sharyn. The Internet and Special Librarians: Use, Training and the Future. In Press
Appendix a: Quantitative Usage Data University of California, Santa Cruz Consulted on "InfoSlug CWIS" 1500 times per month Steve Watkins Science Library University of California, Santa Cruz firstname.lastname@example.org University of California, Santa Barbara The list below shows the number of times each part of the directory has been accessed during March and April 1993. Academia: 3 Academic Computing Training and User Support: 2 Agriculture, Veterinary Science, and Zoology: 17 Anthropology: 8 Art: 8 Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, and Virtual Reality: 18 Astronomy: 4 Biology, Biophysics, and Biochemistry: 9 Botany and Horticulture: 10 Business: 5 Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: 15 Communications: 5 Computer Hardware and Software Discussions: 4 Computer Science Research and Engineering: 6 Computer Science Research (General Academic): 3 Dance: 8 Ecology and Environmental Sciences: 10 Economics: 7 Education: 4 Engineering: 15 Futurology and Future Studies: 1 Genetics: 4 Geography and Area Studies: 5 Geology: 13 History: 3 Human Resources and Industrial Psychology: 2 Humanities: 3 Information Retrieval and Information Systems: 7 Journalism: 4 Languages: 5 Latin American Studies: 3 Law, Criminology, and Justice: 13 Library and Information Science: 7 Linguistics and Text Analysis: 7 Literature: 7 Mathematics and Statistics: 4 Medical Practice, Personnel, and Patients: 1 Medical Sciences and Research: 1 Music: 15 News and Current Affairs: 4 Philosophy and Ethics: 4 Physics: 11 Political Science: 6 Programming Languages: 8 Psychology and Psychiatry: 6 Public Domain and Publicly Supported Software: 2 Religious Studies: 7 Science and Technology (Miscellaneous Areas): 1 Social Activism: 2 Social Work and Sociology: 10 Theater, Film, and Television: 20 Urban Planning: 8 Women's Studies: 8 Writing: 2 The Introductory "Readme" file: 60 Delphi Public Internet Access (Commercial Online Service) January 1993-May 1993 Usage Statistics 1 FILE 1: ANTHROPOLOGY, EDUCATION (Size: 41444 /Count: 26) 2 FILE 2: GEOGRAPHY, LIBRARY, INFO (Size: 68142 /Count: 17) 3 FILE 3: LINGUISTICS, POLI. SCI. (Size: 43966 /Count: 15) 4 FILE 4: PSYCHOLOGY, WRITING (Size: 41780 /Count: 22) 5 FILE 5: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Size: 34632 /Count: 14) 6 FILE 6: PHYSICAL & COMPUTER SCI. (Size: 43062 /Count: 25) 7 FILE 7: BUSINESS, ACADEMIA, NEWS (Size: 16694 /Count: 19) 8 ACADLIST README (Size: 33492 /Count: 26) 9 ACADLIST ANNOUNCEMENT (Size: 6214 /Count: 15) 10 ACADLIST HYPERCARD STACK (Size: 266498 /Count: 6) 11 ALL FILES FOR MAC (Size: 309204 /Count: 2)
Appendix B: GOPHER, WAIS and Campus Wide Information Server sites GOPHER Servers, WAIS, FTP sites and other Campus Wide Information Servers WAIS source file lists.src available on most WAIS Servers worldwide. Many of the GOPHER sites are linked to the lists.src WAIS version of The Directory of Scholarly E- Conferences United States Alabama --Clemson University Ken Murr (KRMRR@CLemson) California --"Tools such as your list are invaluable to me and to the users I support. To make it more accessible here at Getty, I have put the text of your list along with several other lists and general text files on a network server and organized them into a batch-file written series of menus." The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (UCLA) Phil Harriman (email@example.com) --"We find the Directory to be a very valuable resource, particularly when you can't remember the name of a particular list or need to refer somebody to a list as a potential source of information and assistance. I hope that you and the team will be able to continue the good work and congratulations on four great years!" University of California, Santa Cruz scilibx.ucsc.edu 70 Steve Watkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"Thanks, in any case, for the good work in making this directory available to us all" University of California, San Diego Elliot Kanter (email@example.com) --See Appendix A Quantitative Usage Data University of California, Santa Barbara sbuxa.ucsb.edu port 3001 Andrea Duda (firstname.lastname@example.org) Connecticut --"At Trinity College your Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences is included as a networked resource on our Library Resources Director. The LRD is our way of consolidating access to various library-related material (including our OPAC) across a PC network and a Macintosh network. .campus wide information server. ." Trinity College Library Alfred C. Burfeind (email@example.com) District of Columbia --Coalition for Networked Information Gopher Server gopher.cni.org 70 Florida --University of Florida, CYBERLIBRARY Program Telnet nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu Login: lib. Georgia --"I have used both the print version (which our college has) and looked through the online version through our campus gopher gateway. Although I readily admit that the online version is better for its currency, I find it is faster and easier to flip through the paper version to get to the more narrow subject disciplines." (see Library Uses below) Valdosta State College Denise Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"Dr. Harry Gilmer, our director, brought your earlier work on academic discussion lists to my attention and it has been most useful in finding information on the various lists available. I would appreciate your permission to place both the text and MAC versions of your lastest discussion list work on our BBS. There is no fee for access and no necessity of membership in one of our supporting societies for use of our BBS. We would maintain your files without modification or additions, including all copyright notices." Scholars Press (email@example.com) Iowa --"By the way, we have just added your update (6th electronic edition) to our CWIS version of your 'service'." Drake University George Miller (SYSTEM@ACAD.DRAKE.EDU) Illinois --"Our logs show that the acadlist has been accessed only 370 times in the last 5 months. .My informal impression regarding your efforts is that it is quite valuable." University of Chicago Donald Goldhamer (firstname.lastname@example.org) Indiana --"Here at our branch library (we serve two professional schools: the School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs) we have the _Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences_ on a server. The campus CWIS has this and other widely distributed lists (like Billy Barron's) on it already, but, too often, only the older versions. We naturally prefer to search the up-to-date version of the _Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences_ and, from time to time, download a copy for an interested faculty member or student. " Indiana University-Bloomington Jay Marme (email@example.com) --University of Notre Dame gopher.nd.edu 70 --Purdue University local FTP site Carl Snow (Carl@hikssrv.lib.purdue.edu) Maine --University of Maine Wayne Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) Maryland --"We have downloaded the plain ASCII files to one of the LAN's." Motivation and Stress Research Section Div. of Biomedical and Behavioral Science (DBBS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Ted Scharf (fes0@NIOBBS1.EM.CDC.GOV Massachusetts --Durfee High School, Computer Club Bulletin Board Jane Constant (JCONSTANT@umassd.edu) --Massachusetts Institute of Technology TechInfo System Greg Anderson (ganderso@Athena.MIT.EDU) -- See Appendix A Quantitative Usage Statistics Delphi Public Internet Access (Commercial Online Service) Walt Howe (WALTHOWE@delphi.com) Michigan --Michigan State University Richard W Wiggins (RWWMAINT@MSU) --CICNet, Inc. wais.cic.net --> --> lists.src Minnesota --University of Minnesota-Libraries Charlene Mason (C-MASO@VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU) --"You are doing a wonderful work organizing all this information. " University of Minnesota Marisa Riviere (MARISA@vx.cis.umn.edu) Missouri --MOREnet - Missouri Research and Educational Network Telnet(tn3270) umcvmb.missouri.edu Login: moreinfo. Mark Moody (CCMARK@UMCVMB.missouri.edu) New York --City University of New York Helen McLean (email@example.com) --Skidmore College grace.skidmore.edu 70 North Carolina --"First, I want to tell you that the _Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences_ is a great piece of work! Many of our information providers in North Carolina are grateful that you maintain this resource. Thank-you!" University of North Carolina - Educational Computing Services ecsgate.unc.edu 70 Debby Morley (firstname.lastname@example.org) --Institute for Academic Technology The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill FTP site gandalf.iat.unc.edu Carolyn M. Kotlas (email@example.com) --University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill dewey.lib.ncsu.edu 70 Eric Morgan" (firstname.lastname@example.org) --Appalachian State University non-public CWIS Glenn Ellen Starr (STARRGE@APPSTATE) North Dakota --"I ftp'd the _Directory_ and placed the resulting file (merged it into one) on a directory on our campus file server." Dickinson State University Library Lillian Sorenson (email@example.com) Ohio --"Inhouse computer bulletin board for use by our faculty and students" Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center, Wooster Constance J. Britton (Britton.firstname.lastname@example.org) --John Carroll University John Piety, Director, (PIETY@JCVAXA) --Kenyon College William Quimby (Quimby@Vax001.Kenyon.Edu) Oregon --"We use your directory in PORTALS. We are one version out of date. We use CIX (a version of freeport software). Scholarly conference is a menu item, under that item, we have the minu items you suggest. Keep up the good work. It is VERY much appreciated. Telnet portals1.lib.pdx.edu Login: visitor. Portland State University Millard Johnson (ZENDOG@gloom.lib.pdx.edu) Pennsylvania --University of Pennsylvania gopher-penninfo.upenn.edu 70 John D. Hagan (HAGAN@UPENN.EDU) --Lehigh University ns3.CC.Lehigh.EDU 70 --Gettysburg University jupiter.cc.gettysburg.edu 70 Texas --St. Mary's University Margaret Sylvia (email@example.com) Utah --Brigham Young University ucs2.byu.edu 70 (John_Peterson@byu.edu) Virginia --Fairfield University. Gordon Oppenheimer (GORDON@FAIR1) Washington --"The Directory is a great help and I (as well as many others I'm sure) appreciate the effort you put in to make it a important, high-quality resource. Thanks." (see Teaching Uses also) University of Washington non-public GOPHER Sheryl Erez (firstname.lastname@example.org) International GOPHER Servers and Other Campus Wide Information Servers Australia --"I maintain a copy of your directory in our ftp archive and it is accessible on our Library's Gopher Server. I refer users to it, just did one minute ago. ie email reference query to a computer science person." Murdoch University, W.A., Australia Deidre E. Stanton" (email@example.com) --Murdoch University portia.csu.murdoch.edu.au 70 --uniwa.wa.oz.au --> netinfo-docs.src (WAIS server) Canada --"I have mounted your directory on UWinfo which is the University of Waterloo's gopher based campus wide information system. We have found it extremely valuable in our training sessions and to simplify access for our staff to the many lists that are available on the internet." University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada watserv2.uwaterloo.ca 70 William Oldfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"We find your directory to be very useful." University of Saskatchewan gopher.usask.ca Earl Fogel (email@example.com) --"It is very useful to have this type of directory, especially to have it broken down by specific discipline. As I am sure that this document would be of invaluable use to our faculty, I am requesting your permission to place a copy (properly acknowledged of course) up on our Gopher server (local access only)." Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada, Binnie G. Langley (firstname.lastname@example.org) --University of Victoria malahat.library.uvic.ca 70 --ac.dal.ca (GOPHER server) Germany --"This resource is VERY useful! We have it on our Gopher a U of Saarbruecken as a link to the U of Stuttgart Gopher, Germany. I know from several users here who printed parts out or worked with electronic versions, marked lists, mailed to listservs afterwards etc. As the local gopher maintainer, I used it in each intro course I gave to students and scientists as a tool to find the starting point which lists to read." Universitat Saarbruecken, Germany pfsparc02.phil15.uni-sb.de 70 Alexander Sigel (email@example.com) Holland (Netherlands) --"What I like very much in yours is its subject cataloguing, a rare feature in the network world and *the first priority* librarians should spend work on." Idealist database Leiden University, Holland Marten Hofstede firstname.lastname@example.org Spain --"We are now trying to promote the utilization of e- conferences, that we consider interesting, in our University, specially in some areas not related to computing. So we have used the ACADLIST files to help us in this task. For this reason we have used these files to facilitate the people to find all those lists relating with the subjects they're interested." Valencia University, Spain non-public GOPHER Raul Tamarit (email@example.com) Sweden --munin.ub2.lu.se --> academic_email_conf.src (WAIS resource) Taiwan --leica.ccu.edu.tw, Taipei, Taiwan United Kingdom --Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL) at Glasgow University Library Telnet SUN.NSF.AC.UK or 188.8.131.52 Login: janet Hostname: uk.ac.glasgow.bubl Glasgow University, Scotland, United Kingdom --Oxford University non-public GOPHER Hunter Monroe (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"I look after the Campus Information Server at UWCC (the University of Wales College of Cardiff). I am getting an increasing number of queries from academics about how to find discussion lists, etc, in their subjects. We have retrieved a copy of the Index of ACADLISTs and would very much like to mount it on our Information Server." University of Wales College of Cardiff, United Kingdom Joan Wright (email@example.com) --"I have found your lists very useful in the past and will try and retrieve the 6th edition as soon as possible. Up to now I've simply printed the lists for my own purposes but I'm wondering whether you would have any objection if we found some way of mounting them on our CWIS for other members of the University to use?" Stirling University, United Kingdom Michael J Snell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Table of Contents (Part 2) Appendix C Library Uses, Appendix D Teaching Uses (as text or supplement) Appendix E Research or Professional Activity Uses,
Appendix C: Library Uses (p)=Cataloged print edition on RLIN 153 Libraries in the United States have holdings record on OCLC (not listed) United States Dartmouth College (p) Naval Postgraduate - Dudley Knox (p) California --"We have a copy of the printed directory at a number of reference points on campus. I'm not sure we have your version of the scholarly lists at the Main Reference Desk yet. I do know that our catalogers would find it helpful if there were a clear and distinct title page on the directory. .We really do appreciate your work, and having such a directory to wave around during net training is a big help." (see Teaching Uses also) University of California - Berkeley David F.W. Robison, Editor, Current Cites (email@example.com) --"Thank you. (And thanks for the WONDERFUL job that the team has done putting the directory together! I use our library copy heavily in making recommendations to faculty re. Internet discussion lists and interest groups.)" Santa Rosa Junior College Kathy McGreevy Voice (firstname.lastname@example.org) Georgia --"It's a fine piece of work and a very valuable service. I intend to keep using it wherever I spot a need or even glimmer of a need. Thanks! Middle Georgia College Leslie Rampey (Leslier%USCN.BITNET@uga.cc.uga.edu) --Valdosta State College (p) Idaho Idaho State Library (p) Indiana --"We have it on reserve in the library. I have used it any number of times to find what types of discussion groups are available and where to subscribe to them. I have used it also, in answering a reference question. I suggested to a music professor, that he pose a question to one of the lists." Manchester College Doris Step henson (email@example.com) Purdue University (e-version) Scott B. Mandernack (Scott@hikssrv.lib.purdue.edu) Iowa University of Iowa (p) New York D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (p) Columbia University - Butler Library (p) New York University (p) SUNY, Buffalo - Law (p) SUNY, Buffalo (p) Columbia University - Teachers College (p) IONA COLLEGE (e-version) Adrienne Franco (firstname.lastname@example.org) Massachusetts --"At Brandeis University, we have cataloged the ftp-able text in addition to the commercial edition (OCLC #25403509). We keep a looseleaf printout of the latest revision at our Reference Desk, and we keep an electronic copy in one of the Library's general accounts on our VAX cluster. A local note in our catalog gives both the ftp address and the local directory for anyone who wants an electronic copy. .Two years ago we had a task force to sort through all the internet guides we were hearing about and to make recommendations about what finding aids all reference librarians should know about. We compiled an informal vertical file of various people's guides and selected four, including yours, to catalog, keep up to date, etc. We use it regularly in Reference and refer to it in upper level BI's. Recently, some colleagues and I did a presentation on electronic conferences as part of a staff education "Technofair" sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium where we listed the title on our handout as an essential work for separating the wheat from the chaff in helping University faculty and students find appropriate conferences. We find it invaluable. ." Brandeis University Douglas Herman (email@example.com) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (p) Minnesota University of Minnesota - Law (p) Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania - Medical Library (p) Rhode Island Brown University (p) South Carolina --" What a lot of work! Well done!" Medical University of South Carolina Teri Lynn Herbert (HerbertL@lp.musc.edu) --"We have the print version of the list and our computer center has mounted it on our mainframe. I have used both the print and electronic versions. AT first we used the print version when librarians were just getting into using the internet to show them visually the list of what was availalbe We have also used it this way with faculty." University of South Carolina - Columbia Carol M. Tobin (D020191@UNIVSCVM.CSD.SCAROLINA.EDU) Tennessee Vanderbilt University - Education Library (p) Utah --"Your message asking for input prompts me to send a note thanking you for your directory. It's super. We have the print version right behind the Reference Desk in Ready Reference. I've suggested to other members of the department that it's a great tool to browse when the traffic at the desk is slow." (see Teaching Uses also) Utah State University Library (p) Deleyne Wentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) University of Utah - Law Virginia --Hypercard Version on publicly accessible and staff Macintoshes. Also makes software available to faculty for their offices. Sweet Briar College Libraries John Jaffe (email@example.com) Wisconsin --"I ordered the print version (second ed.) about 15 months ago. I truly consider it one of the basic reference tools for the Net. I consult it about ten times a week. I also have the files on disk. I consult the files on disk about ten times a month. The Directory. . has been one of my wisest reference purchases." St. Norbert College Todd Wehr Library Steve Herro (firstname.lastname@example.org) International Australia --At the James Cook University Library (Townsville, Queensland, Australia) your directory has been used by the Library staff in choosing the lists we use. Relevant sections have also been copied by Faculty Librarians and distributed to Library Liaison Officers in various academic departments. We have not, however, made any attempt to discover what use they made of the information. Good luck with your next edition. James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland Jean Dartnall (email@example.com) Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, Australia, New South Wales --"I have printed out the latest edition (all of it!) and placed a copy at our Reference Desk. I announced this fact in the library newsletter that goes to academic staff and a number have come in to consult it. I t is of course used by the faculty liaison librarians. .Occasionaly if I need a filler for the newsletter I highlight one of the lists that I think academics may be interested in. So, in short, it is used as a standard reference tool and as a means for spreading the word about use of the Internet by academics." University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland Madeleine McPherson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Canada Canadian Centre for Architecture (p) University of Lethbridge (e-version) Seamus O'Shea (email@example.com) Bulgaria American University in Bulgaria (e-version) Malcolm Brown (ANNE@AUBG.BG) United Kingdom --"The ARL hard copy of your fine directory is in use at the Library and Information Service of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It has helped us get started in our exploration of this fascinating new area of communication." Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Catherine Deering (firstname.lastname@example.org) --University of London (p)
Appendix D: Teaching Uses (as text or supplement) United States Arkansas --"Yes, I have used your wonderful list for sometime, both at Columbia U. and here in Arkansas (just changed jobs in January). It is particularly helpful for us when we are talking in general about the Internet to an audience of faculty and graduate students and can tell them about e-resources in their fields. My own background is in Classics, and I have referred several times to your (printed, in the ARL publication) list when talking with classicists about resources such as Classics-l and Ioudiaos." University of Arkansas Beth Juhl (email@example.com) California --"We use both forms of the directory when we teach Internet resources. We bring copies to the class and pass them around to the students. In the case of our instructional program "students' are mostly library staff, but also include faculty and graduate students in the "Faculty Seminar" series. University of California - Berkeley David F.W. Robison, Editor, Current Cites (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"One of our journalism instructors has requested that a copy of your Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences, 6th ed., be posted on an electronic conference system which he runs on our campus. The system is used by his journalism studets, Art Dept. students and faculty and other campus users interested in learning about new information and telecommunications technologies. Thank you. (And thanks for the WONDERFUL job that the team has done putting the directory together! I use our library copy heavily in making recommendations to faculty re. Internet discussion lists and interest groups.) Santa Rosa Junior College Kathy McGreevy Voice (email@example.com) --"I am teaching a library research methods course and would like to use portions of your Directory of Electronic . . to help introduce the students to the ways in which the internet can be a useful research tool." University of California - Berkeley Janice Woo (jwoo@info.Berkeley.EDU) Pennsylvania --"I am teaching a detailed, three-day course on Internet resources for faculty in June. I'm planning to use your list extensively in my planning, because I want to make sure each participant finds out about stuff in his/her own area. I will also be referencing the directory as a place they can go to find out stuff on their own. I have put the hypercard stack version out on a file server, but I don't think many people have used it. I hope to change that with this class." Haverford College Academic Computing Kyle Barger (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"I make students in my gov docs and health information classes use it to locate additional e-conferences of interest for a term-length *lurk* and.or participation. They choose what format to use (the paper copy in the SLIS library or the electronic copy whichthey ftp for themselves) and they seem well-pleased with its use. They must find at least two additional e-conferences for each course (2 in addition to GOVDOC-L for govinfo, and 2 in addition to MEDLIB-L for health information) and then wrte a "reflection paper" on the e-conferences at the end of the term. They are amazed at the real variance in traffic, the difference between moderated and unmoderated lists, the flames and mistakes, but most of all, they are stunned by how much useful information gets spread around via e-conference!" University of Pittsburgh Ellen Detlefsen (email@example.com) Texas --"I am moderating a course on electronic networking for the American Association for the History of Medicine in Louisville on May 15. In one of the handouts, I have included a brief paragraph about the Directory and instructions on how to get the ACADLIST README file" University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston Inci Bowman, Moderator of CADUCEUS (IBOWMAN@UTMBEACH) --"I would like permission to copy several entries from DSEC for inclusion in a file that I'm working on, "Mary's Quick & Dirty Guide to the Internet for Petroleum Engineers". This will be distributed in the Petroleum Engineering dept. at Universtiy of Texas, shared with librarian buddies & possibly put into a file for ftping. The paragraph before the entries establishes their source: "Moving right along, let's talk about who you want to talk to. ." University of Texas Mary Pettengill (firstname.lastname@example.org) Virginia --"Our staff is sponsoring a program early in January (1992) to introduce some of our faculty to various resources available through the Internet. .I am requesting permission to copy sections of your classified directory of BITNET conferences to distribute to the faculty. ." College of William and Mary Berna L. Heyman (email@example.com) Utah --Library and Computer Services joint end-user training and assistance. Utah State University Library Deleyne Wentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) Wisconsin --"I would like to distribute an excerpt of the "6th Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences" to a group of students in a Historical Methods class that I will be teaching next week." University of Wisconsin-Parkside Ann Margaret Scholz (email@example.com) International Australia --". .we have used your directory in our training sessions to librarians in Australia and in Internet/AARNet training on our own campus. ." e-version into Hyperrez software distributed on diskette and photocopies of the printout. University of Newcastle, Australia, New South Wales Charmian Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Canada --"You may remember me from months ago, complaining we were about to lose our e-mail at the College of New Caledonia. .I like to believe my efforts contributed to our keeping e- mail. .Your directory of e-conferences, which I obtained via e-mail in December, was an important part of my argument as it allowed me to show people something tangible. I printed it off and put it on 2 hour reserve in the library. .I also assigned my Computer Info Systems students (I am parttime faculty as well as a librarian) to use their accounts to get information for their seminars. One student did a technical seminar on Internet and used a conference to obtain data on gender inequity in computing. .I now facilitate an Internet Support Group for about 12 faculty and librarians. The conferences listed in your directory are the most valuable resource we have. Once a faculty member gets onto a list, they discover their own goodies. .We are giving a course in Prince George this Friday for other local librarians and some from farther north. Your directory will be on our show and tell list." College of New Caledonia, Prince George, British Columbia Lynda J. Williams (email@example.com --"I recently obtained a copy of the Directory via e-mail. I have used it to identify some useful discussion groups. It has substantially changed my use of the Internet. .I expect that use of the Directory will increase somewhat at our institution (Okanagan University College), as I will be giving an Internet course to instructional faculty later this month, at which time I shall provide faculty members with instructions for obtaining the Directory. Thanks for one of the best directories I have seen. Okanagan University College, Vernon, British Columbia ------------------------------------------------------------- -----------
Ross Tyner (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"Next week I am giving a lecture to a class of graduate students (20-30) in English Literature. The topic is using the Internet to find information. As part of the lecture I would like to distribute to them the section of your list describing literature conferences. May I please have your permission to do this?" Thank you very much. University of New Brunswick Step hen Sloan (SLOAN@UNB.CA) United Kingdom --". .could I please print and hand out a copy of the Physics and Space sections of your acadlist to about 10 staff and postgraduate students at a seminar in the library for the University of Newcastle Physics Department. University of Newcastle Charmian Mitchell (email@example.com) --"just to acknowledge your enquiry about the use of the Directory, and to say how useful it is. We have had a copy on our shared library directory for some time, searched simply using agrep, and it gets used particularly to identify potentially useful archives. In fact, next week I'm starting a course for fellow librarians for each to work up a resource guide in a chosen subject, and it'll be a central key to a particular form of information. .I've given quite a few lectures and talks around the UK and Europe, and, again, your Directory always gets cited." University of Sussex Peter Stone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appendix E: Research or Professional Activity Uses United States California --Gary Gach, AsianWeek, San Francisco (email@example.com) --"I started using it to answer querries from network services (our campus computer and communication service). Now, I use the Directory as a guide for Professors. My method of working is to try to discover specific research interests and to suggest related groups." Pepperdine University Bruce Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) District of Columbia --"In response to your request for information on how the Directory is being used, please know that I have relied it on it heavily. I used it to get a sense of the use of research and education networks by humanities scholars to communicate with one another, and to understand better the extent to which humanities scholars are using Internet. I am also sending copies of the notice announcing the sixth edition of the Directory to about 150 colleagues at the National Archives and Records Administration who are receiving e-mail accounts for the first time and want to learn more about scholarly conferences -- what exists and which ones they would like to subscribe to. I also refer people to the Directory who ask me what they should be subscribing to. It is a great resource!" National Archives and Records Administration Avra MIchelson (TMI@CU.NIH.GOV) --Open Systems Technology, Inc. --". .project on the future impact of networks." Congressional Budget Office Philip Webre (PZW@GWUVM) Florida --"1. Recommend lists in appropriate subject categories to faculty and grad students in the School of Business Administration (I'm the bibliographer for this school). .2. Just recently I used the _Directory_ as my main source of information to write an appendix to my soon to be published book (coautheird with Hope Tillman), _The Internet and Special Librarians: Use, Training and the Future_. The appendix, "Electronic Conferences of Interest to Special Librarians," is divided into three sections, the first is an annotated list of library-related conferences, the second, an annotated sampling of conferences in various subjects chosen to show the diversity of conferences available, and the final section tells how to subscribe.
This section is reprinted from the _Directory_ with permission.
University of Florida - Coral Gables Sharyn Ladner (SLADNER@umiami.IR.Miami.EDU) Idaho --"I have put the directory in my word processor and used it to print out subject oriented lists for various faculty members when I have been introducing them to the use of the Internet. Some get excited, some do not. I use it myself with string searches in the various files, do cut and pastes, etc. I find it useful. Our library has purchased and cataloged the print version so we are probably on the list you got from RLIN. Idaho State Library Phyllis J. Brown (email@example.com) Maine --"I am writing to request permission to reproduce Acadlist File5 (Biological Sciences), of your "5th Revision of the Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conference", for distribution at an upcoming meeting. The Biological Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association is co- sponsoring an informal session called, "Internet for Life Sciences Librarians", at the upcoming SLA meeting in June. File5 is an excellent sources of information and one we'd like the members to be aware of." The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine Doug Macbeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) Massachusetts --"I am writing to say that I am a great fan of your collection of discussion groups. I recommend it in my presentation to groups around Harvard and around New England. My instructions have three options - to obtain it via email, by ftp or to log on to MIT's Techinfo to view it on-line. Harvard University Melanie Goldman (ZIBITM@HARVARDA.HARVARD.EDU) --"I am compiling a list of library-related lists on the INTERNET for the Library Instruction Round Table's publication committee, of which I am a member. We are exploring the possibility of sending information about LIRT activities, programs, publications, etc. to library professionals. I would liketo get your permission to include some of the groups in your magnificent compilation of library-related lists." Boston College Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah (SARKODIK@BCVMS) Michigan --"I would like to distribute a list of some conferences to some of the science libraries and faculty here at the University of Michigan." University of Michigan Tracy Primich (USERGF2P@UMICHUM) Mississippi --"We have used it in this way. We retrieved the Library related files and printed them our. We then passed the list around to our staff. Every one picked the list s/he was interesed in joining and then, I hope, joined. We forward interesting things to each other as they come up on our lists. I have also forwarded the message on how to retrieve any of the files to our academic e-mail list for faculty to pick from and retrieve at their leisure. I don't know if they ever did anything but they had the option." Mississippi State University Suzy Turner, Reference Services Coordinator email@example.com New Mexico --"I have used the files a lot. I am giving a presentation at the SALALM conference in Guadalajara next week and I have included it in my list of sources for finding discussion lists for Latin America. .Keep up the good work." New Mexico State University Molly Molloy (firstname.lastname@example.org) New York --"You have done--are doing--a glorious service to the academic world with the electronic conferences directory. I have just downloaded a copy, and it's what I've been looking for for a couple of years--I'm one of those people who, for lack of anyone better, periodically undertakes to help move my colleagues electronically along. .Anyway, your gift is from the gods." Dept. of English & Comparative Literature Hobart and William Smith Colleges John Thiesmeyer (THIESMEYER@HWS) --(re. ITTE@DEAKIN.OX.AU)"We are preparing to make major changes in our Teach Ed curriculum as we add a multimedia lab to be used by our preservice education majors. This list sounds like it could provide a wealth of information for us. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can provide." State University of New York - Plattsburgh Jeannette Mammano (MAMMANJH@SPLAVA.CC.PLATTSBURGH.EDU) --"I am a writer for a new publication, "Searcher", edited by Barbara Quint. In researching an article on the uses of the Internet for businesses I wish to excerpt from your list of listserv lists." American Institute of Physics Larry Krumenaker (email@example.com) Ohio --"Well, lately, at work people are getting a spark of interest, so I have been going around signing them up for lists and showing them how to use email a bit more, like retrieving the list." Cleveland Public Library Penny O'Connor (aa327@Cleveland.Freenet.edu) Pennsylvania --"When people ask me about Internet I have suggested that they sign up to a list to get their feet wet and given them lists from your directory to get them started. It's entries are far more informative than the long truncated lists available from the listserves. I have given it to members of the library staff, history professors, graduate students in a number of disciplines and even a fellow to runs a computer network in one of the labs." Indiana University of PA theirsa McDevitt (MCDEVITT@GROVE.IUP.EDU) South Carolina --"I am writing to say that our library does not have a print version, nor have we cataloged the electronic form. I work in the Science library, and am responsible for liaison and book selection in the physical sciences. I therefore retrieved the File 6, and have it stored electronically. I have used it to browse lists that might be of interest to the science faculty, and I have forwarded a complete copy of the appropriate sections to various science department heads for distribution." University of South Carolina Ann C. Eastham --"We have a committee working on getting our campus onto the Internet. As part of the justification we are identifying those faculty who would find a discussion group or LISTSERV useful in their research and teaching. .We would like permission to reproduce 20 copies of the ACADLIST files for campus use. Presbyterian College Morris Galloway (firstname.lastname@example.org.EDU) Tennessee --"I have been using your Scholarly Directory both in print and the electronic version. . I am presently beginning work on a book. . So I am very much interested in finding discussion lists to do with all aspects of education. Your directory has been helpful. I like the way you have categorized the lists. In my case it was very helpful to be able to get the section on education. In the printed form it makes it easy to go right to the subject area you are interested in." Education Library, Vanderbilt University Jean Reese (email@example.com) Texas --"Professor Tony Mitchell from St. Clouds State University and myself areworking on a paper about methodologies of research related to the usage of electronic networks and we would like to reference your work. University of Texas - Permian Basin Marcin Paprzycki, PhD (M_PAPRZYCKI@UTPB) Washington --"The paper is in our real library and the electronic version is in our virtual library. I am using it at present to compile a list of potential VR related conferences for the Virtual World Society" Human Interface Technology Lab, Univ. of Washington Toni Emerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"Besides using your directory in answering questions for our clients, we provide a pointer to it in our recently published book, "The Internet Passport: NorthWestNet's Guide to our World Online." The reference to the directory is in the chapter on Internet mailing lists, letting the readers know where they can go for more information on how to find a list that fits their needs." NorthWestNet Mike Showalter (email@example.com) Wisconsin --"I would like to use the list names and abstracts from 13 of the entries from ACADLIST in a handout for our information technology staff. We are the state education agency for Wisconsin. A few of the staff members have dial access, and we are moving toward getting a node on the Internet. ." Department of Public Instruction, Professional Library Kay Ihlenfeldt (firstname.lastname@example.org) International Australia --"Second thing - our Faculty (education) uses a local file server for file sharing - closed to outside world. To save your listserver work, can I have your permission to leave a copy of the whole list on the file server? Deakin University, Australia Chris Bigum (Chris.Bigum@deakin.edu.au) Belgium --"I believe your directory is a very usefull tool. I use it to make know several listservs to patrons who could be interested. Secondly, I am in a group of the "Association Belge de Documentation" (ABD) involved in library instruction. Our present job is to make better know the networks such as EARN/BITNET and the INTERNET to the library professionnels and their users in Belgium. For this, your directory is equally important." Universite de Liege-Sart Tilman, Charles Kaminski (U202901@BLIULG11) Canada --"I am writing a literature review on the use of computer- mediated communication (CMC) for distance education and training that will be published as a monograph by the American Journal of Distance Education. ." Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Alberta Rosalie Wells, Ph.D. (email@example.com) --"I did use your Scholarly E Conferences files in a report I produced last year, while in a different life in our organization. It was referred to, and appended to a Report on International Intellectual Electronic Resources and the Calgary Board of Education. At the time of writing the report I was very impressed, and somewhat in awe of the diligence and thoroughness of your work. .Thanks for your good work." William Aberhart High School, Calgary, Alberta Bill Hanson (BHanson@CBE.ab.ca) --"Thanks very much for posting the list of scholarly e- conferences on CRTNET. Terrifically valuable stuff. St. Thomas University,New Brunswick Jim Reither, English (firstname.lastname@example.org) --"I have downloaded the academic discussion list. I would like to edit it to provide lists of relevant discussions to faculty." Camosun College, British Columbia Catherine Winter (email@example.com) --"I am co-authoring a paper for internal distribution to faculty and students. We are introducing Internet with a quick survey of some features. I would like to include a sample entry from your ACADLIST files of academic lists." Laurentian University, Ontario Dave Goforth (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chile --"I have been trying to use the acadwhol.hqx files in my MAC to find Internet or BITNET interest groups files." Universidad de Concepcion Ricardo Reich, Alternate Director Project REUNA (email@example.com) Germany --"I'm working on a description of how forums of academical interest are organized (is the subscription open? e.g.) as part of a study of forums. Using the ACAD-files could help me to save a lot of time, because I don't have to select the relevant forums from the "list global"." Am Fassberg, Goettingen, Germany Bjoern Broge (firstname.lastname@example.org) Guam --"I am very interested in obtaining the files. We are developing an active telecommunications community among our faculty and this information would be quite useful." University of Guam Arlene Cohen (email@example.com) Hungary --"I write a monthly Hungarian newsletter called Online Hirado (Online News) and it has a column of BITNET/INTERNET lists (every month an other subject). Besides other sources (List of all BITNET listserver lists, JANET lists etc.) your directory is a great help to compile this part of the newsletter." University of Miskolc Laszlo Drotos (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ukraine --"I just like to express my thanks for the good job you've done designing the list of academic e-mail conferences. ." Dnepropetrovsk University Eugene Serebrjany (email@example.com) United Kingdom --"I am one of a team of subject librarians here at Hull University, and I have responsibility, among others, for looking after the School of Geography and Earth Resources. I am in the process of pulling together a list of Internet resources in this subject area (databases, mailing lists, electronic journals/newsletters) and have found your "Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences" to be invaluable. .I would like to reproduce the information I have gathered as a handout for in-house use when training students/staff about the Internet. I would also like to send an electronic copy of the list to BUBL so that I can share the work I have done and maybe others will contribute items I have missed." University of Hull Katy Barnett (K.Barnett@uk.ac.hull.lib) Unknown --"I'm the editor of PA News, the newsletter for the parapsychological association. We're a scholarly body composed mainly of psychologists and engineers with an interest in scientific laboratory and field studies of so- called psychic phenomena. A lot of our people are "on-line" and I would like to do a short two paragraph filler on your list -- highlighting scholarly conferences that may be of interest to our members, mentioning you and your work compiling it, and giving them the e-mail instructions to access and download it themselves. Ours is an international community and I think this would be a service to them." Nancy Zingrone, Editor, PA News (firstname.lastname@example.org)