COLLIB-L Discussion List Information

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COLLIB-L (the COLege LIBrarians List) is the official professional discussion list of the College Libraries Section (CLS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The list is owned by the American Library Association and managed by Inga Barnello and Larissa Gordon. COLLIB-L serves as a means of communication for both CLS and for college librarianship in general. Anyone may subscribe and post messages to the list. Messages are not reviewed prior to distribution.

Ground Rules:
COLLIB-L is not a chat line. Personal messages should be addressed to individuals, not broadcast to all subscribers. Subscribers are asked to show courtesy and exercise tolerance in their postings.

Announcements and job postings are welcome; for-profit advertising is not. Job posters are asked to comply with the following ALA/ACRL policies:

"All job announcements should include a salary range...ALA policy requires that organizations recruiting through ALA publications or placement services comply with ALA anti-discriminatory policies. Policy 54.3 states that 'ALA is committed to equality of opportunity for all library employees or applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, physical or mental handicap, individual life-style, or national origin.' By advertising through ALA services [including COLLIB-L], the organization agrees to comply with this policy." (College & Research Libraries News, January 1999, p.44)

Also, 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."

Discussion List Addresses:
Use this address to post messages you wish all COLLIB-L subscribers to read. Note: In order to post messages to this discussion list, you MUST send them from the address recorded for you.
Use this address when you wish to execute commands that allow you to cancel your subscription to the list, search the archives, review subscribers, etc. It is assumed that most subscribers will find the online interface (described below) more user friendly than the email commands, but the email interface is an option. To receive an electronic version of the help guide that covers how to run commands via email, send a message to with nothing in the body but the word HELP. For best results when executing email commands, please make sure that the messages are either formatted in plain-text or include minimal formatting (no special fonts or colors and no images).

Subscribing, unsubscribing, and other list business:
COLLIB-L is managed by Sympa software. Postings are distributed through the address, but subscribing/unsubscribing, searching archives, changing subscription options, etc. require logging on to the Sympa interface.

List subscribers should follow the instructions listed below to have access to the Sympa interface:

  1. Go to and click on the "Send me a password" link near the bottom of the page.
  2. After you have received your password, you can directly access the COLLIB-L section of the interface by going to the following URL: The "Login" button is located at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Once logged in, the interface will allow you to manage your subscription settings, search the list archives, etc.

Full documentation on how to use the interface can be found on the Sympa web site, at, which links to a variety of documents.

Complaints, Problems, Comments:
Send complaints, problems, questions about COLLIB-L that cannot be answered by this information, and comments to the list managers.

List Managers:

Lisa Lee Broughman
Randolph College
Alexis Linoski
Georgia Institute of Technology

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Last Update: 10 October 2016
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