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About PACS-L

The Public-Access Computer Systems Forum (PACS-L) is a mailing list that deals with end-user computer systems in libraries. Utilizing PACS-L, subscribers discuss topics such as digital libraries, digital media, electronic books, electronic journals, electronic publishing, Internet information resources, and online catalogs.

PACS-L was founded in June 1989 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., who moderated the list until November 1991. It is currently moderated by Joan O'Connor [jboconnor@uh.edu], Rafal Kasprowski [rkasprowski@uh.edu], and Amelia Abreu [aabreu@uh.edu].

Messages sent to PACS-L are reviewed by the list moderators, who distribute messages on appropriate topics to list participants. The PACS-L moderators reserve the right to reject any posting that they feel is not appropriate.

The University of Houston Libraries provides PACS-L as a public service. It does not verify the accuracy of submitted messages nor does it endorse the opinions expressed by message authors. Authors of PACS-L messages are solely responsible for content of their messages.


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Using the Web to Manage Your PACS-L Subscription

You can use the Join or Leave the PACS-L List page to subscribe to or signoff from the list, suspend message delivery, and change other subscription settings. (This page may load slowly.)

To Subscribe

Enter your e-mail address and your name. Choose the appropriate list settings. Click the Join the List button. Follow the instructions in the confirming e-mail that will be sent to your account.

To Suspend Message Delivery

Enter your e-mail address. Choose the Mail delivery disabled temporarily setting. Click the Join the List button. Follow the instructions in the confirming e-mail that will be sent to your account.

To Change Other List Settings

Enter your e-mail address. Choose the appropriate list settings. Click the Join the List button. Follow the instructions in the confirming e-mail that will be sent to your account.

To Signoff

Enter your e-mail address. Click the Leave the List button. Follow the instructions in the confirming e-mail that will be sent to your account.


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Submitting PACS-L Messages

To send a message to the PACS-L, send your e-mail message to pacs-l@listserv.uh.edu.


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Using E-Mail Commands to Manage Your PACS-L Subscription

You can also change subscription settings by sending e-mail messages to the LISTSERV.

To join PACS-L, send the following message to listserv@listserv.uh.edu: SUBSCRIBE PACS-L First Name Last Name.

To sign off PACS-L, send the following e-mail message to listserv@listserv.uh.edu: UNSUBSCRIBE PACS-L.

To determine what your PACS-L distribution settings are, send the following message to listserv@listserv.uh.edu: QUERY PACS-L.

To obtain a list of PACS-L users, send the following e-mail message to listserv@listserv.uh.edu: REVIEW PACS-L.

For more detailed information about list commands, see the General User's Guide to LISTSERV.


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Message Archive

The PACS-L message archive can be browsed or searched.


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Subscription Statistics

The number of current subscribers can be viewed and is updated monthly.


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PACS-L Publications

The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, a refereed electronic journal, was published on the PACS-L list from 1990-1998.

Public-Access Computer Systems News, an electronic newsletter, was published on the PACS-L list from 1990-1995.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, a bibliography with a resource directory and a Weblog, has been published on PACS-L since 1996.

These publications were also distributed on the related PACS-P list.


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Articles About PACS-L

The following articles discuss the PACS-L list and its electronic publications:
Bailey, Charles W., Jr. "The Public-Access Computer Systems Forum: A Computer Conference on BITNET." Library Software Review 9 (March-April 1990): 71-74.

________. "Electronic (Online) Publishing in Action . . . The Public-Access Computer Systems Review and Other Electronic Serials." ONLINE 15 (January 1991): 28-35.

________. "Evolution of an Electronic Book: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography." The Journal of Electronic Publishing 7 (December 2001). [HTML file]

Crawford, Walt. "Talking About Public Access—PACS-L's First Decade." Information Technology and Libraries 19 (September 2000): 112-115.

DeLoughry, Thomas J. "The Latest Scoop on Internet Resources." The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 November 1994, A28.

Ensor, Pat, and Thomas Wilson. "Public-Access Computer Systems Review: Testing the Promise." The Journal of Electronic Publishing 3, no. 1 (1997). [HTML file]

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