Health librarians in Canada keep in touch electronically via the listserv CANMEDLIB. CHLA/ABSC Board members, committees and BMC editorial staff regularly post time-dated information of interest to the membership and solicit input on Association activities. Those who subscribe to other listservs regularly forward information of interest to the Canadian health library community. Discussion is usually focused and relevant; there is a small amount of interlibrary loan activity.
CANMEDLIB is generously hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The purpose of CANMEDLIB is to facilitate discussion of issues and dissemination of information important to Canadian libraries and librarians involved in the health care field. The list is unmoderated but will be monitored for problems by the list moderator Michelle Swab, Memorial University of Newfoundland ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
CANMEDLIB is a forum for questions, ideas and announcements that are of concern to health sciences libraries. CANMEDLIB does not accept advertisements from publishers or producers of software, etc... Questions about software and announcements from CANMEDLIB subscribers are appropriate. Inter-library loan requests are acceptable, but should contain the text, "ILL:" at the beginning of the subject line, so that members who wish to filter out such message can do so easily.
To join this discussion list and to receive all postings, send a "SUBSCRIBE CANMEDLIB Your Name" message to LISTSERV@CLIFFY.UCS.MUN.CA; leave the subject line blank. You may leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF CANMEDLIB" or "UNSUBSCRIBE CANMEDLIB" command to LISTSERV@CLIFFY.UCS.MUN.CA.
NOTE: If you have a signature file or privacy statement automatically attached to your email you will experience problems subscribing to CANMEDLIB. If you are unable to turn off your signature file or privacy statement, please contact the list moderator to be manually added to the list.
To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send your mail to CANMEDLIB@MUN.CA. This is called "sending mail to the list", because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV makes copies for all the people who have subscribed. This address CANMEDLIB@MUN.CA is also called the "list address". You must never try to send any command to that address, as it would be distributed to all the people who have subscribed. All commands must be sent to the "LISTSERV" address, LISTSERV@MUN.CA.
A Web-based, searchable and browseable archive of messages to CANMEDLIB is available at http://lists.mun.ca/archives/canmedlib.html.
By sending an "INFO CANMEDLIB" message to LISTSERV@MUN.CA, you will receive information about the specified list. This usually includes its purpose and certain restrictions for posting.
For more information on LISTSERV commands, send the command "HELP" to LISTSERV@MUN.CA.