So I wrote this draft response to the “content restrictions, available to members only” thread on nz-libs at 11pm last night. As you do. I often draft things now and sit on them for a while, sometimes quite a while in that they never get sent or published. I’ve decided I won’t post this to nz-libs as you can’t delete things from there. You do own what you say though, and I will own what I say here too, however I will be able to delete it if I no longer want it’s memory around. Somehow it probably still will be, however I just want this out.
This is what I drafted intended for the nz-libs audience:
I believe the LIANZA website is only ever going to be as good as its member participants make it.
There is a small number of dedicated members who are utilising its functions and doing so with persistence and determination because they believe in sharing information with their profession via their professional association.
The website and its participatory functions haven’t been around a while, just a couple of years. It takes time to grow a community. Nzlibs has been around a fair bit longer. Email is another communication mode that many have mastered as clearly shown by the number of people responding to this thread.
Everyone: Have you ever posted something yourself to a group forum? Have you ever commented on something on the website? If not, why not?
There is a different audience on nzlibs, likewise within LIANZA. Every avenue has a different audience and there was a good reason LIANZA communicated directly to its members using the medium they did. As a bonus, its a medium they are familiar with. However when an email is sent to you privately via a blind carbon copy from a member association, it is not expected you post it to a public forum – not its intended audience. Doing so, calls into question information ethics.
A great community is not made overnight, nor within 2 years. It is grown, developed, fed and nurtured with care.
If our professional association has one fault, it may be that it’s too careful or conservative. That’s not a bad thing.
I’m not wading into the content restrictions debate, nor our associations response. However I would like to know what you think of list-servs. What is their purpose again? Should people be unhinged on there or collegial, professional and polite? (manager or future employer may be watching) Perhaps unhinged is the wrong word to compare with the others. Should people be themselves on there?
Would be interesting to know what you think about list-servs as I have my opinions, but in a hypocritical way, I think I’m going to keep them hinged.