Monday, June 1, 2009

Are Listservs History?

"Is It Time to Retire the Listserv?" Greg Lambert asks in an essay, Where Do Listservs Fit in a Social Media World? in Spectrum, the publication of the American Association of Law Libraries. "The short answer is not right now," he concludes.

Although I maintain that listservs are inefficient, they are also extremely easy, convenient, and pretty useful, despite the downsides listed above. As long as we have e-mail, we’ll have listservs. That said, their heyday has come and gone. Social media tools and Web 2.0 resources are becoming the communication tools of choice and will eventually push listservs to the background.
Read the rest here. Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog.