Membership Directory Guidelines
It is the policy of the LSA that the membership directory shall not be used by individual members to contact the entire membership of the Society without the express written permission of the Secretariat. Individual members having an event, news item, or publication to bring to the attention of the entire membership should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At the same time, the LSA's membership directory was expressly designed with the intention of allowing members to seek out other members with whom they share a common affiliation or interest, and such use of the directory is therefore encouraged. The LSA suggests that members using the directory for this purpose adhere to the following guidelines:
The subject line should indicate at least partly to whom the message is being addressed. Examples: Message to LSA Member Sociolinguists; Conference of interest to Algonquianists; etc.
The first paragraph of the message should indicate why the recipient is receiving the message. Example: You are receiving this message because you are listed in the LSA member directory as having an interest in Syntax.
The message may not be used for commercial gain, to advertise a service or a product, or to advertise a job.
Members should be aware of the LSA's various venues for bringing events, news items, and the like to the attention of the membership (Book Reviews and Notices, Conferences & Calls, LSA and Linguistics News, Laurels to Linguists, In Memoriam, etc.), and should consider using these instead of or in addition to an e-mail to a subgroup of the membership.