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Email lists: are they last-century?

Through various means — social software, personal email, conversations — I’m getting the distinct impression that many newer  librarians don’t care for email discussion lists (listservs, MailMan lists, etc.).

I’m not fighting this; in part, as a social software kind of gal, I understand it, in a blurry personal sort of way. My own take on lists is that a few voices dominate, whereas on my favorite networks, the distribution is more ecumenical.

But I’d like to know: if you don’t like email lists — why? Do you have other, better tools? Are there characteristics of lists that are offputting or alien to your behavior?  Do you communicate differently?

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