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Children's Literature Listserves
What are Listserves?
A list of e-mail addresses. Groups for discussion or interest groups that are online. They can involve as few as two people or as many as thousands. It's simply a list of e-mail addresses of people interested in a certain subject. To get involved, all you have to do is to subscribe by sending an e-mail to the list subscription e-mail address with the proper command. Your email will be added to the list, and you will start receiving discussion contributions from other list members. You may reply to these messages or send new thought-provoking topics at any time. Any message you send to the list will be distributed to every other member on the list. Following are a few you may be interested in:
Public Libraries for Young Adults and Children (PUBYAC):
An Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries, focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues. To join, you must first subscribe to PUBYAC by filling out a form. You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator. Use your email to join by:
- Sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org . The subject and body of the message will be ignored so it doesn't matter what you put there.
- You will receive an email message asking for confirmation that you really want subscribed to PUBYAC. This is to prevent anyone from subscribing you without permission.
- Follow the instructions given in the message to confirm your wish to subscribe (this will probably include you providing a password).
- SAVE THE WELCOME MESSAGE! It contains links and password you need to change any options.
- You can unsubscribe at any time. This "how-to" information will be provided to you on the onset.
Child_Lit is an unmoderated discussion group convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism of literature for children and young adults. The list exists for anyone interested in discussing aspects of these broad fields, including authorship, illustration, publication, promotion, readership, reception, criticism and literature's changing social functions and implications. Child_Lit is specifically conceived to foster the sharing of ideas by researchers engaged in original scholarship. The 'purpose' per se is to be occasionally revisited and possibly revised to meet the evolving needs of the discussion group, but discussants are instructed to keep the prevailing version of the purpose in mind when posting discussion topics. Topics off the point are discouraged.
- Click on the link above
- Click on "History" and scroll down the site for directions
STORYTELL is a discussion group designed to encourage communication among people interested in storytelling.
- Go to the above site and print it out in "landscape" mode. This site page has several instructions and information that you will be able to use. This list has more than 500 subscribers worldwide, so subscribers receive a lot of mail, as many as 40-50 a day. You can set your option to receive STORYTELL in a "digest" form (contains all the message combined in one email) just a once a day.
- Scroll down until you find "To subscribe yourself to STORYTELL"
- Fill in the information and send the message.
The Professional Tools section of ALA's web site. Contains many sites and sources for teachers along with a listserve site (when registered can pick from many different subjects).
- Go to the above web site
- Click in the "Professional Tools" tool bar
- Click in the "electronic discussion lists"
- Scroll down to the bottom and "Register for a Full Account"
- Fill in the appropriate information and click on "register"
- After you've registered, you should be able to go to the above site, scroll down and click on "Use the Registered User Area" - here you pick and choose the specific listserve lists in which you wish to participate. Suggestions are: ALSCSTORY (storytelling discussion group) and ALSCTCHLIT (teaching children's literature.
CCBC-Net is a listserve encouraging awareness and discussion of ideas and issues critical to literature for children and young adults. CCBC-Net members explore a wide range of topics in contemporary literature for youth, including multicultural literature, translated books, outstanding, and award-winning books, equity themes and topics, the book arts and book publishing, and more. Every month CCBC-Net focuses on a new topic or issue. The CCBC-Net community includes librarians, teachers, university educators and students, authors, artists, editors, publishers, and other adults with an interest in literature for the young. To join the discussion on CCBC-Net:
- Go to the above website
- Look to your left, click on CCBC-Net
- Click on the "join" link
- Fill in your name and email address
- Select CCBC-Net from the pull-down menu
- You will receive confirmation of your subscription, a welcome message and other information about using CCBC-Net.
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