In January 1984 the American Library Association will inaugurate ALANET, a new electronic mail and information service. Subscriptions will be available to all ALA organization members.
ALANET subscribers will be able to communicate electronically with ALA offices in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., library suppliers, libraries, library associations, and other subscribers across the United States and Canada. ALANET will facilitate interlibrary loan and information services, as well as purchases and other business communications. ALANET will also provide access to new ALA data bases for current information on legislation, conferences, and publications, as well as external data bases such as the Official Airlines Guide, United Press International, and the UMI Article Clearinghouse Can online service for ordering -periodical articles).
ITT Dialcom of Silver Spring, MD has been chosen to provide ALANET;s computer-based services. ITT Dialcom allows dial-up access via all the major telecommunications networks such as Telenet, Tymnet, Unmet, and TWX. The ALA Executive Board has been communicating using Dialcom's electronic mail system since May, and other users include the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, Travel-host, and the U.S. Department of Education.
A one-time sign up fee of $30 will initiate an ALANET subscription and provide user ID numbers and passwords, training materials, and access to the user directory files. A $7.50 monthly billing fee will cover account maintenance, and ALA will invoice subscribers monthly for their use of the system, based on connect hours.
[Contact: Joel Lee, ALANET Systems Manager, ALA Headquarters Library, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.]