The Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association maintains an electronic discussion group (formerly known as a listserv) which is referred to as “PAMnet”. The list is not moderated. The list is open to subscribers only, but you may be a subscriber without being a member of SLA or PAM (but note also that subscription to PAMnet does not make the subscriber a member of the PAM division). To become a subscriber contact the owner of the list.
Listowner: Thurston Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Address to which you send messages: PAMnet@listserv.nd.edu
Archive (starting with August 1998): http://listserv.nd.edu/archives/pamnet.html.
The purpose of PAMnet is to provide a forum for the discussion of library and information resource issues relevant to the fields of physics, astronomy and mathematics. PAMnet does not replace the PAM Bulletin, the Division’s newsletter. PAMnet may be used to seek help with reference questions. PAMnet may also be used to seek help in obtaining materials, but only when those materials are not available through a library’s normal ILL or document delivery suppliers or in cases when timing is critical.
No commercial products or services may be advertised on the list, but the list may be used to discuss commercial library materials, resources and equipment.
REMINDER: Use headers in the subject field. Many PAMnet readers have requested that all submissions begin the Subject line with one of the following words: ASTRO, COMPSCI, MATH, PHYSICS, GENERAL. Example: Subject: MATH:duplicate books. In this way people can quickly determine if they need to read the message.
Change Your Subscriber Settings (preferred method)
- Use the Web form at http://listserv.nd.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=pamnet
or use Basic List Commands
- Subscribe: Contact the list owner, Thurston Miller (email@example.com)
- Unsubscribe: send the command SIGNOFF PAMnet to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Turn off mail before going on vacation: send the command SET PAMNET NOMAIL to email@example.com
- Turn on mail when returning from vacation: send the command SET PAMNET MAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get one e-mail a day with just a list of subjects posted: send the command SET PAMNET INDEX to email@example.com; send the command SET PAMNET NOINDEX to turn this feature off.
- Get a copy of your own postings as they are distributed: send the command SET PAMNET REPro to firstname.lastname@example.org
- For fun, check to see if the server is alive: send the command THANKs to email@example.com; if it is, the server politely responds, “You’re welcome!”
- Get more information on list commands: visit http://listserv.nd.edu or send the command INFO GENINFO or INFO REFCARD to firstname.lastname@example.org
List Statistics (as of July 2004)
The question was recently revisited of how many PAM members subscribe to PAMnet. These are the results of comparing the most recent PAM membership list with the discussion list subscription list:
PAM members: 241
PAM members on PAMnet: 175
Therefore, messages on PAMnet are NOT reaching about 27% of the membership (although this is down from approximately 40% in 1997).
PAMnet subscribers: 548 (including some duplicates)
Thus PAMnet continues to generate interest and participation from many non-PAM members.
For you 307 nonmembers out there: remember that membership in SLA-PAM (Special Library Association-Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division) includes many other benefits – check it out!
Thurston Miller, University of Notre Dame
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