This is the policy currently in effect governing OPLIN e-lists:
OPLIN E-List Guidelines
In carrying out is mission, OPLIN provides a number of e-lists. All OPLIN e-lists are subject to the following guidelines:
- Each e-list has its own topic focus and scope. Postings should be limited to topics within the scope of the list.
- There can be no solicitation on OPLIN e-lists. The exception to this guideline is the posting of training, workshops, seminars, and so on designed for the staff or trustees of public libraries for which a fee is charged. Such postings are encouraged.
- Campaign material for elections of any kind (local, state, federal, professional, or other organizational) shall not be posted to any of the e-lists.
- Material about local practice that may be of general interest to the library community is frequently a beneficial topic. However, the OPLINList is not an appropriate forum for discussing the details of a dispute that is internal to any library system. Information about internal disputes is not permitted.
- Items posted to a e-list are not normally removed from the archive. However, when a poster contacts OPLIN and indicates that a posting was made in error, it will be removed. Items posted in violation of these guidelines will also be removed.
- Specific e-lists are subject to some limitations in the scope of discussion and/or in subscription. They are as follows:
- Subscription: Open to anyone interested in Ohio public libraries.
- Who may post: All subscribers. Postings from non-subscribers are moderated and reviewed for appropriateness.
- Scope: Any topic of broad general interest to the staff or trustees of Ohio public libraries. The OPLINList is a professional tool and should be used for topics of professional interest.
- Subscription: Library directors and one other contact; others upon request.
- Who may post: Only OPLIN staff. There is no comment or discussion.
- Scope: Limited to announcements from OPLIN staff.
- Subscription: Open to any technology managers, specialists, and consultants in public libraries.
- Who may post: All subscribers.
- Scope: Limited to discussion of network, library applications, and other library-related technology issues.
- Single Purpose Lists
- Subscription: Limited to members of working groups or committees. Examples are the Teen Editorial Advisory and Statewide Delivery groups.
- Who may post: Limited to the working topic.
Approved by the OPLIN Board of Trustees, November 9, 2001