ARSL Listerv

The ARSL Listserv is a dynamic resource for ARSL Members to provide resources, solve problems, and share success stories with other rural & small library staff across the United States and internationally. You can subscribe to the listserv by becoming a member of ARSL. If you are having trouble accessing the listserv or have any questions, please contact [email protected]

User Guidelines for Messages

• To participate in the listserv,  send your message to [email protected]

• This discussion list is made available as a professional tool. Therefore, messages should be of significant importance to a large segment of ARSL subscribers. Topics that are of limited interest, jokes, or otherwise irrelevant to the professional nature of the listserv should be discussed off-list and through individual conversations.

• When replying to the listserv, responses default to the original poster. Should your response benefit the greater ARSL community, choose the “reply all” feature of your e-mail.

• Original posters are encouraged to compile and post a summary of responses when the topic generates a lot of interest.

• Indicate the message’s content in the subject line of your email for the benefit of list subscribers. Avoid using generic subject lines such as “Help,” “Need Help,” or “Need Info.” When responding to a post, check the subject line to make sure it still reflects the topic and enter a new subject if needed.

• Every post should begin with a concise introduction to the topic or make reference to the topic of a previous posting. There may be several similar discussion threads going on simultaneously, which makes unreferenced postings confusing to readers. And while users need to provide enough background information to ask and answer questions, users are encouraged to note that brevity is best.

• Please do not piggyback on someone else’s message if you are discussing something completely different. For continuity and clarity’s sake, begin a new thread to discuss a new topic.

• Adding a signature block including name, organization and contact information is highly encouraged.

• Lively discussion and debate about professional matters are welcomed on the listserv. The tone of messages on the list should be friendly, but professional. All communications are to be respectful and on topic, focusing on the topic at hand and not on the person sending the message. Name calling, bullying, and demeaning comments will not be tolerated.

• Users are expected to follow etiquette and netiquette when posting to the listserv. For more information, see:

• Members participating in studies are welcome to post survey requests. However, please be considerate and include the expected time it will take to complete the survey.

• Questions and discussions initiated by ARSL members about products or services are appropriate to this list, as this provides a forum for help and recommendations among colleagues on the list.

• Announcements of job openings in the library and information field are welcome.

• Messages may be forwarded from other lists if relevant to ARSL members, and if written permission has been granted by the original sender(s). Please remove extraneous lines, but leave enough information to identify the original source.

• The listserv does not accept ads from outside publishers, vendors, or commercial entities. Occasional announcements of new resources from a member organization are allowed if relevant to members.

• Posters are strongly encouraged to suspend email if going on vacation and resume it upon return. Addresses that bounce nuisance messages to the entire list (i.e. out of office notices) may be set to no-mail or deleted.

• Because access to the listserv is a member benefit, posts may not be forwarded to non-members.

• Users needing to unsubscribe or address concerns with the listserv should contact ARSL Headquarters

Listserv Archive

We moved to a new listserv Summer 2020. You can access the old ARSL listserv archives by visiting