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[In completing this Worksheet, it is recommended that a second window be opened. (To open the second browser window, most likely the command is: Ctrl-N).
One Window can contain the Worksheet, while the second window is used to access the Internet (WWW).]

[ e-mail Lists: Explanation | Assignment ]

Music 1253 Worksheet no. 8
The Internet 3: E-Mail Lists

The Internet's usefulness as a research tool in Music History still is limited. Nonetheless, it is useful in some particular ways. These include: e-mail lists, research databases, sites with information content, and FTP. Normally, these resources are accessed using the World Wide Web (WWW).

Now FTP usually is accessed through the WWW.  FTP normally is automatic in some browsers such as Internet Explorer.
[If you do not have a WWW browser with FTP, or for certain FTP sites, you need FTP software. This is easy to use (somewhat like a file manager), and can be downloaded from the Internet.
The professor of this course can show students how to access FTP sites and is pleased to do so, at mutually convenient times.]

E-Mail Lists

To complete this assignment, each student must have an e-mail account. This normally will be a University account, but it can be a private or personal account with another provider. If you do not have this account or have any problem with this, contact the User Support Center. If you need information in using e-mail, please see the instructor of this course.

Besides being a useful means of rapid, inexpensive communication, e-mail is an effective medium for maintaining contact with groups of individuals sharing similar interests. Perhaps the most common use of the Internet is membership on E-Mail Lists.  These are subscription lists whose members share a common interest. Often the lists are simply for discussion. In the case of Music lists that involve professionals, often the members use the list to "talk shop". In other words, the members use the list for technical support and assistance, to discuss problems and solutions, and other technical and professional matters, and post employment opportunities. On certain lists (like the Score Users' List), members even look for assistance in completion of large projects (meaning additional employment for the other members).

On a list, the observer can simply “listen in” to discussion, reading messages that others post. When new to a list, it usually is prudent to observe for a while, to see how things are discussed. One may also initiate discussion, usually through posting questions for others to answer.

One good way to become familiar with the workings of e-mail lists is to become a member of one, and observe the types of messages that are exchanged by the other members. In order to become a member of such a list, one subscribes to that list. (Actually, each member of every class at Acadia is a member of the e-mail list for each class. These are local, so not of special interest for this assignment.)

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This Assignment:

Forward one message on each of the following days:
Wednesday, 18 October; Thursday, 19 October; Friday, 20 October.
[Grade for each message forwarded: 34 Points]

Normally, to subscribe to a list, you send the message  SUBSCRIBE  or  SUB  followed by the  name of the list  followed by  your name, to the address of the server of the list. The server address often, but not always, begins with the location LISTSERV@   [etc.].

(To send a message to the list, for everyone else to read, you send e-mail to the address of the list, usually the  name-of-the-list@  [the same address].
Do not send commands (affecting mail delivery) to this list address; these will not work as commands, and everyone on the list will read your command, and the return address on the mail will tell them all from whence the message came.)

Subscribe to one of the following:

1. Music Library Association Mailing List:  MLA-L

Send the message:
SUBSCRIBE MLA-L [your name]

To the address:

Very quickly, a message will arrive from the Listserv at Indiana University, asking you to confirm your subscription.
You must reply within 48 hours with the message  OK  for you subscription to take effect.

[Then wait for the messages to arrive.  Forward three as outlined above.]

2. The Lute Mail List

To subscribe to the Lute Mail List list, send email to: lute-request@cs.dartmouth.edu

with the following command in the first line of the message:


The list moderator is Wayne Cripps. His e-mail address is provided at the Lutes, Old and New site.

To unsubscribe from each:

When finished the assignment (next week), in order to leave each list, send the command

SIGNOFF MLA-L      to     listserv@listserv.indiana.edu


UNSUBSCRIBE      to     lute-request@cs.dartmouth.edu


If you have difficulty signing off the list, do not panic.

Above all, do not send frantic messages to the List!

In the case of any difficulty, contact the list owner.
The instructor of this course can and will assist you with this.
The list owners will assist you with problems concerning their lists.
Be very careful about sending messages to a list. Lists have certain modes of behavior that members expect of other members. (In addition, since the Lists have public access, one must be careful that certain comments may not be perceived as libel [that can lead to serious legal difficulties].)
Take care that we are not shamed as a location because of inappropriate activity!

There are many other e-mail lists of interest to the musician.
Some can be found in the long list of various resources at The Golden Pages: Links for musicians on the WWW.

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Note that you do not need to submit this form as a Worksheet.
Rather, you must join one of the e-mail lists as indicated above, and send three daily messages to the professor of Music 1253.
Make sure you have enter your name and subject with each e-mail message that you forward; otherwise, you cannot be given credit for the message.
If there is a reason that you cannot forward messages on the day indicated, then send a message on another day, stating why the message is delayed. (For example, some e-mail discussion lists are very quiet. There may be a day when there is no message posted to the list.)

Last updated: 15 September 2006.
Copyright © 2006 by Gordon J. Callon. All rights reserved. e-mail: gordon.callon @ acadiau.ca
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