PACS-L (The Public-Access Computer Systems Forum)

The Public-Access Computer Systems Forum (PACS-L@LISTSERV.UH.EDU) was a mailing list that dealt with end-user computer systems in libraries. Utilizing PACS-L, subscribers discussed topics such as digital libraries, digital media, electronic books, electronic journals, electronic publishing, Internet information resources, and online catalogs. PACS-L was sponsored by the University of Houston Libraries.

PACS-L was founded in June 1989 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., who moderated the list until November 1991. The list ceased operation at the end of 2013. Digital Scholarship maintains a partial archive of e-mail files through 2010 and there is a searchable Google Groups partial archive of the Usenet version of the list.

The UH Libraries distributed The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, a refereed e-journal, Public-Access Computer Systems News, an e-serial, and the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an e-book, on PACS-L

The PACS-L moderators were:

  • Nicole Abbott
  • Amelia Abreu
  • Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
  • Marianne Stowell Bracke
  • Nancy Buchanan
  • Diane Gwamanda
  • Jill M. Hackenberg
  • Jack Hall
  • Gretchen McCord Hoffmann
  • Sara Holland
  • Rafal Kasprowski
  • Anne Mitchell
  • Joan O'Connor
  • J. Michael Thompson
  • Linda Thompson
  • Dana C. Rooks

The following articles discuss PACS-L:

  • Bailey, Charles W., Jr. "The Public-Access Computer Systems Forum: A Computer Conference on BITNET." Library Software Review 9 (March-April 1990): 71-74.
  • ———. Interview by Michele Cloonan. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture 44, no. 3 (2015): 136-142.
  • Crawford, Walt. "Talking About Public Access-PACS-L's First Decade." Information Technology and Libraries 19 (September 2000): 112-115.
  • DeLoughry, Thomas J. "The Latest Scoop on Internet Resources." The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 November 1994, A28.
  • Tennant, Roy. "Remembering PACS-L." The Digital Shift, 30 November 2015.

The following articles discuss The Public-Access Computer Systems Review:

The following article discusses The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: