|Volume 1: No. 27|
The effect of email on organizational behavior is discussed in Sara Kiesler and Lee Sproull's Connections (MIT Press). One theme is that email democratizes communication, making ideas more important than gender and status. [Sharyn Ladner (sladner @umiami.bitnet), PACS-L, 9/11.] Net communication is also great for those of us who write better than we speak.
Mekler Publishing is a 20-year-old company now committed to online publishing. Many of its current products -- books, journals, newsletters, conferences -- have to do with electronic communications, information technology, and library science. To introduce this line, Meckler is now offering MeckJournal, a free monthly electronic journal. MeckJournal will include news, articles, forthcoming book chapters, and editorials. Planned themes are electronic networking, including Marian Dalton's essay "Does Anybody Have a Map?"; academic and library computing; CD-ROM Librarian; computers in libraries; Database Searcher; document image automation; HD World review; library software; multimedia; OCLC Micro; and virtual reality. To subscribe, send a "Subscribe MeckJournal" message to email@example.com. An electronic catalog, complete to the Table of Contents level, is also available. To access it, telnet to nisc.jvnc.net, log in as nicol (no password), type "nicol" to the prompt, and select MC(2) from the first menu. (You can subscribe to MeckJournal while you're logged on.) [Nancy Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), PACS-L, 9/18.]
Several reports on library telecommunications and global information networks are available from the Int'l Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) international office for Universal Dataflow and Telecommunications (UDT). [Peter Stone (ALFA8%cluster.sussex.ac.uk), PACS-L, 8/28.]
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Working Group on Directories and Internet Resources is starting CNIDIR-L for discussion of text and electronic information access on the Internet. Staff of the OCLC Office of Research Internet Resources Project will participate. Send a "subscribe cnidir-l yourname" message to email@example.com. [Erik Jul (firstname.lastname@example.org), PACS-L, 9/25.]