[AAACE-NLA] Is this a safe forum
george.demetrion at lvgh.org
Fri Jan 20 11:00:22 EST 2006
These things lead me to conclude that much of what happens on the list
not stay on the list. Memories fade, but archives last forever.
Thank God for that!
The archives are the historical repository of conversation among members
of the field over a wide span of issues and topics. Their richness and
potential utilization has hardly been mined. Their more extensive use
whether or research, practice, policy formulation or public awareness
will require much more mining than currently operative, at least as far
as I can tell, though the ALE WIKI format begins to get at this
secondary processing, which requires tertiary processing and more to be
effective at a high level.
As I've said before, without exaggeration, there are a least a dozen
first rate books that could (and in my opinion, should) be written based
on topics generated from the litserv threads. Many issues related to
practice could also be profitably examined through a careful analysis of
relevant threads on elective topics, which would have to be amplified by
It is my hope and recommendation that some of our graduate programs with
a strong focus on literacy--or for that matter, communications--would
begin to examine the list archives in a more systematic way than
currently evident and that our field's writers (seasoned and aspiring)
would take a closer look as well. There's a rich mine field here, but
sometimes we feel we need to go to a far country to find sources of
illumination rather than looking at our own house
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