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Code4Lib jobs topic

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

entrance to romeThis posting describes how to turn off and on a thing called the jobs topic in the Code4Lib mailing list.

Code4Lib is a mailing list whose primary focus is computers and libraries. Since its inception in 2004, it has grown to include about 2,800 members from all around the world but mostly from the United States. The Code4Lib community has also spawned an annual conference, a refereed online journal, its own domain, and a growing number of regional “franchises”.

The Code4Lib community has also spawned job postings. Sometimes these job postings flood the mailing list, and while it is entirely possible use mail filters to exclude such postings, there is also “more than one way to skin a cat”. Since the mailing list uses the LISTSERV software, the mailing list has been configured to support the idea of “topics“, and through this feature a person can configure their subscription preferences to exclude job postings. Here’s how. By default every subscriber to the mailing list will get all postings. If you want to turn off getting the jobs postings, then email the following command to

SET code4lib TOPICS: -JOBS

If you want to turn on the jobs topic and receive the notices, then email the following command to

SET code4lib TOPICS: +JOBS

Sorry, but if you subscribe to the mailing list in digest mode, then the topics command has no effect; you will get the job postings no matter what.


Special thanks go to Jodi Schneider and Joe Hourcle who pointed me in the direction of this LISTSERV functionality. Thank you!