The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Bulletin Boards and Mailing Lists -- Use Them to Your Benefit

John Hannigan, MBA, RRT

The basics of subscribing to, posting to, and accessing lists are discussed for those health professionals and students who are new to the Internet.

Bulletin Boards (BBS) and Mailing lists have proliferated with the growth of electronic communications technology. Specialized BBS, mailing lists, and World Wide Web (WWW)-based forums provide respiratory care practitioners a flexible, inexpensive, opportunity for informal continuing education, publication, and discussion. Using these tools allows for rapid feedback, distance learning at your own pace, and networking with fellow health professionals and clients.

General features of BBS will be compared to mailing lists. Respiratory Care World (RC_WORLD) forum will be used as an example of a list having a moderated newsgroup, where list members are their own editors. RC_WORLD is an example of a public repository of discussion, a database that is searchable from the WWW and by Internet electronic mail.

The Members Only AARC Help-line < http://www.aarc.org> is also discussed.

If you miss the live presentation many of the tips are to be found addressed at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hannigan Subscription information for respiratory carerelated lists such as: RC_WORLD, RC_HELP, ccm-1, and asma-1 is available.

The 44th International Respiratory Congress Abstracts-On-DiskĀ®, November 7 - 10, 1998, Atlanta, Georgia.

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