Subscribe to at least two Mailing Lists or Listservs that interest you and that will help you with your final project. You must include ONE sample message/interaction from any Mailing List in your portfolio and reflect on how this communication tool effects your discipline and area of specialty.
E-Mail Listservs: Reflections on a Unique Combination of a Newsletter and the Pulpit.
This set of pages will examine the use of e-mail listservs, and include my reflections on the potential they can have for many professional and personal functions. I have included some example interactions to be used as a base for deeper reflections and analysis into how listservs can affect, and improve, our lives...
This first page explains the "introduction" email that will periodically makes its rounds through the listserv. Although there is usually just a small number of people who regularly post on this mailing list, there are also many "peripheral" users who may not routinely participate, but nevertheless still make use of the information and discussions provided to them from the more active participants on the listserv. It leads me to think that one of the most important elements in creating an effective listserv community is to make sure that users and potential users get to know and feel comfortable around the other members on the mailing list. I find email listservs to be a fantastic combination of a virtual bulletin board and a conference room. By keeping the users periodically updated on who is coming and going in this sort of little community, it will allow people to make more informed decisions on how they want to participate and what kinds of information they want to send. Often, only list administrators have direct and up-to-date access to the user lists, so when someone takes the initiative to pass around this generic "question form" for others to make use of, it keeps everyone else "in the know" and establishes that community atmosphere.
Since this "introduce yourself discussion thread" was making its way around the list again at this time, I figured it was time to formally re-introduce myself to the community. Listservs are an excellent way for like-minded individuals to gather around a certain subject, profession, club, or issue and share information and personal opinions about it. Expanding on the premise of E-mail, the listserv does all of the work of sending out the messages to each "address" in the community. Listservs help to enhance the effectiveness and of using email communication.