SILO offers an e-mail list service to facilitate communication and
information exchange among all Iowa librarians. Electronic mailing
lists allow people to send e-mail to one address, where their message
is copied and sent to all other subscribers.
All SILO e-mail lists require you to subscribe before sending
All messages sent to an e-mail list hosted by SILO are scanned for
viruses. Messages containing viruses are not sent to the list.
Benefit to Iowa Libraries
SILO e-mail lists are a service of the State Library.
Subscription to any or all the lists maintained by SILO is a cost-free
privilege provided to Iowa libraries.
The State Library does not undertake editorial control of
postings or actively monitor the lists for inappropriate postings. All
action relative to a specific message can only occur after posting.
However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the
State Library's attention, action will be taken which may include
removal from the e-mail list.
The opinions and information sent via e-mail lists are
those of the originator only. The State Library does not accept
responsibility for these messages, but provides an open forum in which
opinions and/or conversations may occur. The State Library does not
warrant (expressed or implied) the confidentiality of information
posted to the e-mail lists to a specific target group.
Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening,
offensive or illegal materials. Individuals posting to the e-mail lists should familiarize themselves with developing legal opinion with
regards to slander and libel.
Do not post information or other material protected by
copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting
material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the
copyright with respect to such material, or has received permission
from the copyright owner, or that the material is an original work and
that the author is placing it in the public domain. In addition, the
posting party grants the State Library and users of the lists the
non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute,
transmit, print and use such information or other material. Any
material so distributed shall carry with it proper attribution to the
original author, source of the material (this list), and original date
of the posting.
Care should be given by each list member to ensure that
their local computer system continues to operate without causing
detrimental impact to any of the SILO e-mail lists or the e-mail list
system. These include proper use of “vacation” programs, e-mail
forwarding, etc. While the State Library will work with individual
members who experience problems, the operators of the e-mail list
system reserve the right to discontinue, either temporarily or
permanently, access to any user whose local system causes problems for
the e-mail list system itself.
The State Library of Iowa reserves the right to discontinue access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.
- Do not attack or criticize individuals.
- Use upper and lower case letters, all CAPS is SHOUTING.
- Be considerate of spelling limitations; it's the information and thoughts that are important.
- Summarize and post responses to surveys or post information to the whole e-mail list if you feel it is appropriate.
- Include a subject header that accurately reflects the message content.
- Do not send 'thank you's' and 'me toos' to the whole group.
- Thank the members in your message.
- Be clear in your message to reduce the risk of misinterpretation.
- Do not post chain messages to an e-mail list.
Responsibilities of SILO e-mail list
SILO will provide the e-mail list service to Iowa libraries and
will maintain the hardware and software necessary to operate the SILO
e-mail lists. SILO will review applications for new e-mail list
requests and review requests to close down old mailing lists. SILO will
set up and close down e-mail lists.
Where to report problems
Send an e-mail message to Postmaster.
Instructions for participating in SILO e-mail lists:
To subscribe to or unsubscribe from an e-mail list on SILO:
As of 7/02/01:
There is a web page designed for subscribing and unsubscribing from the e-mail lists. Here is a link to the page:
If you have any questions about the individual e-mail lists, click
on the list name for information on that list. On the information
page to each list is a description of what the list is for, along with
a place to subscribe, unsubscribe, or edit subscriber options.
To post a message:
To send a mail message to all of the subscribers at one time, you
must already be subscribed to the list and use the address for the list.
Be sure to include a descriptive subject line.
The e-mail list software at SILO will then relay your entire
message to the list population. Any replies to the message will be
returned only to the sender, and not the whole list.