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ACRL Science & Technology Section Discussion List


The STS-L electronic discussion is for the discussion of issues relating to the science and technology libraries. Any questions regarding the pertinence of any particular topic should be sent to the STS-L moderator.


STS-L is specifically aimed toward science librarians and library staff, but anyone is welcome to join the discussion. There are presently over 2,000 subscribers worldwide and the list averages 5 messages a day.

Posting Policy

The following policy governs all postings to the STS-L list.

  1. According to the STS discussion list description at ,"The STS-L electronic discussion is for the discussion of issues relating to science and technology libraries. Any questions regarding the pertinence of any particular topic should be sent to the STS-L moderator."
  2. It is not expected that everyone will agree with all posts. Frank exchanges of views are encouraged; however, STS-L is not intended as a forum for personal or political debates. While posting a dissenting view in a polite and professional manner is acceptable, further exchanges should be undertaken in personal e-mail to preserve the integrity of the STS-L's main purpose.
  3. If list members consistently post outside of the purpose of the discussion list or engage in uncivil behavior towards other list members, the STS-L moderator and the STS Executive Council will decide how to address the situation. This may include the possibility of removal from the list.
  4. The ACRL Guide to Policies & Procedures, section 12.17 on Political Discussion, states: "Due to ALA's tax exemption as a 501(c)(3), ALA resources cannot be used to support or oppose any candidate for public office. Nor can they be used to link to other sites that contain such support or opposition. Neither can ALA's resources be used to suggest or support boycotts or to make defamatory remarks." This information was distributed to all ALA discussion lists in 2008 and is part of the subscription information for new discussion list members. Repeated attempts to promote or disseminate political views could result in removal from the list.
  5. If you prefer not to read posts from a particular poster, most e-mail programs will allow you to filter them out. Those posts will be archived on STS-L should you decide to read them later.
  6. It is not appropriate to share copies of articles directly via STS-L. Many contract terms or license agreements prohibit sharing articles in this way. Please use your local ILL service if at all possible. We do not want to place either the listserv or the ACRL at risk by using this avenue to bypass ILL, and those of you providing copies of articles possibly place your institution at risk too.
  7. Announcements of conferences, workshops, new publications, and position openings appropriate to the topic of the list are allowed.
  8. Advertisements are discouraged.
  9. All postings must be free of copyright restrictions that limit distribution.
  10. File attachments should not be used; to prevent the spread of viruses, etc., any attachments are automatically stripped from your message before posting.

Please contact Evan Meszaros, the discussion list moderator, if you have any questions about the use of the discussion list.

Subscribing, Posting and Unsubscribing

STS-L is running on the Sympa software on the American Library Association servers. You can subscribe, change your subscription settings, post, and unsubscribe by logging into the web interface:
You can also unsubscribe by sending an e-mail with the subject "Unsubscribe" to Subscribers can also post messages by e-mailing them to


The STS Publications Committee is responsible for the administration of the STS-L discussion list. Evan Meszaros is the current manager of the list.


The STS-L Archive is available at


STS-L began on July 27, 1994, and was hosted by the University of Tennessee Libraries from 1994 until June 2005.

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