Character-Set: UTF-8WELCOME TO THE H-USA NETWORK!
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This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this network. It contains information on using the list (managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board); rules for posting (style, editorial practice); information about the network's associated service on the World Wide Web; and contact information about the network's parent, H-Net.
I. The H-USA Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.
Welcome to the electronic network H-USA, an Internet forum for the international study of the United States. H-USA is designed to serve teachers, scholars, journalists and advanced students worldwide.
Subscribers will automatically receive messages in their computer
mailboxes. Messages can be saved, discarded, copied, printed out, or
relayed to someone else. The postings can be quoted and cited--they
are an electronic publication, and their archives will be permanently
available. H-USA is like a newsletter that is published several times
The primary purpose for H-USA is to enable teachers interested in
American Studies and American history to obtain accurate information
from scholars, and to discuss the meaning of current and historical
events. We will facilitate "pen pal" arrangements between classes in
the USA and other countries.
H-USA will be entirely non-partisan and non-polemical. It will be friendly and informal--the editors will help subscribers for whom English is not their first language. No personal attacks or "flames" will be published. Items that in the judgment of the editors do not further the educational dialogue will not be published. All messages must be signed with full name and email address. H-USA is edited by independent scholars and it will be open to all viewpoints. Subscriptions will be free, with no dues or subscription charges. H-USA is made possible by the unpaid work of volunteer editors, and the paid work of technical staff at Michigan State University. H-USA is also supported by the Japan Foundation of Tokyo, through its Center for Global Partnership.
H-USA will feature questions and answers about the United States. It
will also feature discussions on the Presidential election. H-USA will
discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of
analysis; it will disseminate bibliographies, discuss new ideas and
share syllabi and tips on teaching. It will commission original
reviews of new books, movies, television programs, videos, museum exhibits,
textbooks, CD-ROMS, computer software, and other teaching materials.
H-USA is edited by an international editorial board. Many items will
be crossposted to and from other H-NET lists which deal with advanced
topics in American Culture. H-USA will try to stimulate high level
Subscribers will write in with questions, comments, and reports. We are especially interested in reaching college and high school faculty who teach courses on American history, American Studies, American literature or the English language. H-USA will therefore actively solicit syllabi, reading lists, termpaper guides, ideas on videos, slides and software, and tips and comments that will be of use to the teacher who wants to add a single lecture, or an entire course.
The editors serve two-year renewable
terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-USA can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-USA is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:
The current H-USA Editors can be viewed at http://www.h-net.org/~usa
III. Communicating Through the List.
A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to H-USA fall under Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies concerning copyright and intellectual property:
"H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-USA and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.
B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-USA depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World Wide Web; we invite you consult them.
-- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list.
-- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.
-- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off .vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for publication.
IV. Technical Information.
When you subscribe, LISTSERV will send you a confirmation message
containing important information about managing your subscription.
Please save this message as a text file for future reference. ALL
changes to your subscription must be addressed to
email@example.com, the software that manages the distribution and
archiving of list electronic mail.
For online help with your subscription, visit: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.) To subscribe: Normally, receiving this message from listserv
indicates that you are already subscribed to the list. But should you
need to resubscribe, send the following command (turn off signatures,
styles/fonts, and word wrap if you expect the line to wrap), as an
email message to
sub H-USA your name, institution
Example: sub H-USA Jane Smith, Illinois State U.
Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in
response to this command.
2.) To unsubscribe, logon to the computer account from which you subscribed to the list, and send this message to email@example.com:
Please unsubscribe from H-USA and all other mailing lists if you are
terminating a particular computer account. You can then resubscribe
from the new account.
3.) To change your subscription address: if you have access to your old account, login to it and send the command:
CHANGE listname newaddress
E.g., CHANGE H-USA firstname.lastname@example.org
You then must login to the NEW account to confirm the change, or it will not be executed. If you do not have access to your old account, then write to the list address and have an editor make the change for you; be sure to provide your old and new addresses.
4.) To send your own message to all subscribers, send an email note
directly to H-USA@h-net.msu.edu. Please see III above on style and
formatting of messages to the list.
5.) To REPLY to a message so that all subscribers can read it, be sure that the outgoing reply is directed to H-USA@h-net.msu.edu, and not to the original author or to the editor. Replies intended only for individual authors should be sent directly to the author.
6.) If you are away for an extended period, suspend H-USA email by sending this to email@example.com:
SET H-USA NOMAIL
7.) After vacation, you can resume by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org:
SET H-USA MAIL
8.) If you prefer to receive one daily digest of all posts to H-USA instead of various individual posts, you can do so by sending this to email@example.com:
SET H-USA DIGEST
To return to individual messages, send the following message:
SET H-USA NODIGEST
V. The H-USA Site on the World Wide Web
In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic
mail, H-USA also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is
located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East
Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext
links at http://www.h-net.org.The H-USA web site contains the
following information and services:
- The archives of the H-USA list, known as its "logs." They are in
searchable and sortable format.
- The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists.
V. Advisory Board.
H-USA's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-USA.
The current H-USA Advisory Board can be viewed at http://www.h-net.org/~usa
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily
communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new
approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on
electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the
literature in their fields.
H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and
committees, is available at:
Among H-Net's many services are:
- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web. http://www.h-net.org/reviews
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. http://www.h-net.org/jobs
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
CONTACTING H-NET FOR MORE INFORMATION
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