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May 19, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:41 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny again here in Va. Beach but still a bit chilly this morning.

I am off this afternoon to help another photographer friend shoot a wedding. I’m happy for the sunny weather as the ceremony is outside near the water and the couple will take a boat to the reception location.

We have gotten lots of new members over on the Book Arts Forum in the past couple of days. A few folks have introduced themselves. Janette Heffernen, who produces the Bookbinding With Peter Goodwin series, has also joined and written a nice introduction telling how she got into bookbinding.

Someone on the Book Arts L email list asked if there was any advantage to forums over email lists. I think it’s really just a matter of personal preference. I am a member of many email lists as well as a few forums and have found that each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I personally find posts/topics in forums a easier to follow as you can see all the posts in order in one place. If you’re a newcomer to a forum can easilycatch up on a conversation you’re interested in without having to go through the archives to find the original emails. 

Having an email come right to your desktop allows you to get information immediately but I have found that for email lists that are very active the volume of emails in my inbox can get overwhelming. If I have them sorted to diff. boxes as they come in that helps but there are still alot of emails to look through or delete. 

I also find that forums allow people to interact more and that they do create more of a sense of community. With the forums I’m on folks in similar areas find each other and end up forming local communities for get togethers and information sharing. I’m not saying this doesn’t happen with email lists. I just notice it happening more with forums.

As with anything, being a member of alot forums or email lists can get overwhelming so it’s best to go with what a system works the best for you. The good thing is that there are lots of choices. Whatever you are into, be it book arts or toy trains, you are sure to find forums and email lists that you can join to meet and interact with folks who have the same interests.

A site of note this morning for anyone interested in book repair, The Simple Book Repair Manual. The web version of the Simple Book Repair Manual was created by members of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library and is searchable by chapters. I have not read through the whole thing but it looks like a very good resource for doing simple book repairs.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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