Should this list continue?

Mon May 9 08:08:31 EDT 2016

The site for the survey is blocked here because of the shortened link.  As one of the first members of this list, I believe its value has greatly diminished over the last few years.  If I pose a question here, I seldom get the level of response I got in the early years (1990s) of the list.  Time to let it go and move on.  What is critical is that the archives for the list be maintained somewhere.  There is much of historical value in them.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Roy Tennant
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 1:29 AM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] Should this list continue?

Dear Subscribers,
The University of Notre Dame, through the very kind broker Eric Lease Morgan, has hosted Web4Lib for a number of years. I am very, very grateful for their support.

I have now been informed that all UND lists will be migrated to Google Groups or shutdown. Thus, I must decide to either migrate the list to Google Groups, find another hosting situation, or shut it down. 

I am considering whether to shut it down. I want to make it clear that although the question has been called due to the need to make a hosting decision, I do not feel in any way that the University of Notre Dame is shutting us down -- they are not. 

However, I think is a good time to consider whether the list is worth continuing. Although I feel like a list that is for discussing web issues in a library context is still potentially important, the list archive proves otherwise. What we find are a litany of announcements but very little actual discussion. 

So we must decide, as a group, what to do. Does this list provide value? Do you want it to continue in Google Groups? To find out what you want, I've created a poll:

Please let me know what you all think. Thanks,
Roy Tennant
Owner, Web4Lib

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