PAMnet

The Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association maintains an electronic discussion group (formerly known as a Listserv) which is referred to as PAMnet. The list is not moderated. The list is open to subscribers only, but you may be a subscriber without being a member of SLA or PAM (but note also that subscription to PAMnet does not make the subscriber a member of the PAM division).

The purpose of PAMnet is to provide a forum for the discussion of library and information resource issues relevant to the fields of physics, astronomy and mathematics. PAMnet does not replace the PAM Bulletin, the Division's newsletter. PAMnet may be used to seek help with reference questions. PAMnet may also be used to seek help in obtaining materials, but only when those materials are not available through a library's normal ILL or document delivery suppliers or in cases when timing is critical.

No commercial products or services may be advertised on the list, but the list may be used to discuss commercial library materials, resources and equipment.

The PAM Division thanks the NRAO Library (library@nrao.edu) for being the Listowner of PAMnet.

Subscription Information and How to Use PAMnet

To Subscribe: Use the web form at https://listmgr.nrao.edu/mailman/listinfo/pamnet

Address to which you send messages: pamnet@listmgr.nrao.edu

Subscription Options, Member Info, Unsubscribe, Password Reminder:
Use the web form at https://listmgr.nrao.edu/mailman/options/pamnet/

Headers: Please use headers in the subject field. Many PAMnet readers have requested that all submissions begin the Subject line with one of the following words: ASTRO, COMPSCI, MATH, PHYSICS, GENERAL. Example: Subject: MATH:duplicate books. In this way people can quickly determine if they need to read the message.

PAMnet Archives

August 1998 to July 2016: http://listserv.nd.edu/archives/pamnet.html
August 2016 to present: https://listmgr.nrao.edu/mailman/private/pamnet/

Netiquette

[Adapted from RFC 1855: Netiquette Guidelines]

One-to-Many Communication: General Guidelines for Mailing Lists and Newsgroups

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Updated: 12/2016