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The purpose of the ALA-World Listserv is to foster international cooperation and understanding between libraries by providing a forum for sharing news, including educational and exchange opportunities, about libraries around the world and international entities affecting libraries.

ALA World Listserv Policies:

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By utilizing the ALA World Listserv, you agree to accept and be bound by the following policies approved at the IRRT Executive Board Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2006:


In an effort to create and foster a positive, collaborative, and thoughtful listserv environment, it is important that all subscribers work to keep their comments constructive, polite, and relevant to the listserv at large.


ALA World Listserv accepts no responsibility for the information posted or distributed through this listserv. Opinions or points of view expressed in a listserv message are solely those of the contributing subscriber and do not necessarily reflect those of ALA World Listserv.


ALA World Listserv is hosted by the IRRT. It is an un-moderated list. A listserv administrator is appointed by the IRRT to resolve disputes or take appropriate action when a listserv subscriber violates any of the stated listserv policies. Please see “Consequences for Inappropriate Listserv Behavior” below for further information.


It is a violation of ALA-World Listserv policy to post information that is not original unless it satisfies “fair use” guidelines. Furthermore, the text of a copyrighted article or document may not be reprinted via the ALA-World Listserv without the express permission of the author and/or publisher. If a subscriber has obtained permission or clearance, this should be clearly stated. When in doubt, err on the side of caution: fully

Appropriate listserv behavior:

All subscribers of the ALA-World Listserv voluntarily submit themselves to the following guidelines and etiquette. The ALA-World Listserv reserves the right to remove any subscriber of the list who does not abide by these guidelines.

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    • Please keep your email short and to the point to increase the likelihood it will be read. Reframe from posting long articles, (even if you have copyright clearance), instead, summarize the major points.

Consequences for inappropriate listserv behavior:

If the listserv administrator finds an ALA-World listserv subscriber to be in violation of any of the above stated policies, s/he will receive one warning from the list manager, stating this fact. If the subscriber continues to violate the stated policies, s/he will be removed from the list. Decisions about warnings and removal from the listserv should be made in consultation with the chair of the Publications Committee.

The listserv administrator’s decisions may be appealed to the IRRT Publications Committee.


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