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Dear H-Net Readers: We're moving! As you have seen from the message traffic over the past few months, H-Net has been building a new resource, the H-Net Commons, to serve as its online home for constituent networks and affiliates. This is the most important change in H-Net’s 20-year history, prefigured in our 2005 Strategic Plan and implemented over the intervening years as we rebuilt the Job Guide and H-Net Reviews to conform to more secure, consistent, accessible, and reliable standards. THE COMMONS We like to think of the H-Net Commons as a kind of public square where multiple disciplines meet and share information. It has been designed around H-Net’s core principles of scholarly moderating and open access. The site’s design and features permit our talented editor volunteers to review and publish a broad and almost limitless array of documents, links, images, and audiovisuals in a system that enables their reuse in customized formats through discussion posts, blogs, and custom-built pages in a spam-free environment. The Commons also retains email delivery and RSS feeds of discussion posts for those who wish to continue receiving content in their inboxes; our past and current discussion logs will remain accessible, linked from the Commons. All of its public materials remain public and free, licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 license. Finally, you will be able to tailor your subscriptions and content feeds to your interests at MyHNet, a one-stop personal homebox where you can manage your notifications, see everything you’ve submitted in one place, and gather material from all of your subscriptions into one page that updates automatically. You can learn more about the Commons at http://networks.h-net.org/h-net. TRANSITION PROCESS We are very excited about this new resource. In the coming weeks we will be working with our editors to migrate their existing networks into the system, train them in its basics, and introduce you to its features. You will receive messages through your lists that provide simple instructions and options as each network migrates over, including the ability to opt-out by unsubscribing prior to the move. Your current listserv subscriptions will migrate automatically to a free account at the new system as each of your networks makes the move. You can see which networks have already moved by viewing the list at http://networks.h-net.org/networks. QUESTIONS? This an exciting time for H-Net. We’re sure you’ll have questions. Please feel free to bring them to any of us, to our Executive Director Dr. Peter Knupfer <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or our Associate Director Heather Hawley <email@example.com>. And visit our Help Desk, http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk for guides, information, and tutorials. We look forward to seeing you on the Commons! Sincerely, Melanie Shell-Weiss, Ph.D President, H-Net Director, Kutsche Office of Local History Assistant Professor, Dept. of Liberal Studies Grand Valley State University firstname.lastname@example.org Jean Stuntz, Ph.D, J.D. President-elect, H-Net Professor of History West Texas A&M University email@example.com Gene B. Preuss, Ph.D Past-president, H-Net Associate Professor of History University of Houston-Downtown PreussG@uhd.edu --