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Resource Reviews: List-servs

April 28, 2010

List-servs, or email discussion lists, date back to the early days of the WWW as a means of communication professional information.  Despite being more than 15 years old in many cases, many list-servs remain vital and active.

There are a few that hit the (small) niche where Classics and librarianship coexist:

I subscribe to all of these, and none are very high traffic.  In the case of WESS-CMR, I think there have been maybe two posts in the last year!  They have proven their use in coordinating communication about the Library of Congress’ rules about Greek transliteration in the past few months (especially CoHSL) and there are sporadic requests for research assistance on CoHSL and WESS, and collection development opportunities on WESS.

There are many more for librarians of all stripes and interests; a starting point for seeking them out is available at the Library of Congress.

For Classicists, Jenkins reviews 16 list-servs (nos. 175-190).  The most active and generalist seem to be:

  • Classics-L Hosted at Kentucky; there is searchable archive, organized by week.  Jenkins warns that it “has a decided tendency to get sidetracked” (as I have also found) but is the most active of the lists he reviews, and best for news.  I get this in a daily digest, since the volume of postings would annoy me if I received each one.
  • Arch-L has moved to Buffalo since Jenkins’ description of it.  It is a general (i.e. not specific to the Classical world) archaeology list with information about excavation opportunities.  It seems to be running 1-2 posts a day since I have subscribed.
  • Aegeanet merits a special mention from me, since I subscribed to it in the later 1990s.  It is for students of Aegean prehistory.  It is hosted by John Younger at Kansas.  It is currently fairly active, right now discussing the KOSMOS conference.
  • The rest are mostly more specialized, including list-servs for numismatics, teachers of high school latin, with a UK focus, etc.

Anything important in the list-serv arena I’ve missed?  Let me know in comments!

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