The HLIB-NW List was created by Maryanne Blake and Michael Boer. It
debuted in November 1993 with 80 charter members. Current list manager is Patricia Devine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HLIB-NW LIST?
The HLIB-NW List exists to facilitate electronic communications via the
Internet among the health sciences library community in the Northwest. It
provides a forum for discussing practical, theoretical, and philosophical
issues and for exchanging advice, information, ideas, and resources of
interest to its intended audience.
Appropriate uses of the HLIB-NW List include, but are not limited to,
publicizing regional meetings, classes, and other educational offerings;
making announcements of regional interest, including job postings; sharing
information and resources, and asking for advice from colleagues.
The HLIB-NW List is not intended for advertisements by publishers,
software producers, or other vendors, however discussions and questions
about products and services initiated by list subscribers are
The list is also not the place for non-librarians to ask medical reference
questions or to ask for assistance with library research.
HLIB-NW is intended for anyone who has an interest in health sciences
libraries in the Northwest. The Northwest is defined as the states of
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington in the United States as
well as Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon
Territory in Canada.
WHAT EDITORIAL POLICIES ARE IN PLACE FOR HLIB-NW?
The HLIB-NW List is maintained by the Regional Medical Library, (i.e.,
NN/LM PNR: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest
Region.) It is unmoderated but you must subscribe in order to post to the list.
Inappropriate postings, such as subscribe/unsubscribe messages, personal
responses inadvertently sent to the list, messages not within the scope of
the purposes of the list, and even flames may appear from time to time.
The best way to handle these is to ignore them, remembering that we all
make mistakes, and let the list owners handle the transgression. The list
owners may choose to respond to inappropriate postings with a private
message to the senders informing them of list policies.
There is room for dialogue on this list, and even controversy, as long as
a spirit of respect for others' opinions is maintained. Subscribers who
do not meet the minimum expectations will be notified and may be excluded
permanently from future participation.
ARE MESSAGES TO HLIB-NW CONFIDENTIAL?
You are advised to consider all messages to HLIB-NW to be public
information. Sending a message to the HLIB-NW List is equivalent to
publishing an announcement in a newsletter. On HLIB-NW, permission for
all postings to be cited, abstracted, and forwarded (with proper credit
to the author) is implied unless otherwise stated.
Copyright law provides a level of protection for all original expression.
Electronic messages, to the extent that they are an author's original
work, are subject to the protections, as well as the fair use provisions,
of copyright law.
WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION
The unexpurgated version of the HLIB-NW FAQ (i.e., Frequently Asked
Questions) for HLIB-NW is posted from time-to-time on the HLIB-NW List,
and is also available at:
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visit the HLIB-NW
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