Dear H-Antisemitism Subscribers,
I am writing in my capacity as H-Net’s Vice President of Network to help rebuild H-Antisemitism’s Advisory Board. At an H-Net network like H-Antisemitism, board members provide critical support. Their labor constitutes an important form of academic service. Below, I add some comments about the nature of the work involved, note its scholarly value, and invite interested parties to contact me to correspond further.
Duties: Board members contribute on three fronts. First, they help set a network’s policies—including concerning subscriptions, discussion, book reviews, and related topics—within the context of H-Net’s By-Laws and Executive Council Policies. Second, they serve as an initial line of appeal (preceding H-Net’s Vice Presidents and President) in the case of a formal complaint against an editor. Such complaints are rare across H-Net networks, but can require patience and careful attention to mediate. Third, they provide guidance to and support for the network’s editorial team as it works to enrich its field of study. From experience, this work is typically light on a weekly basis, but does require conscientious and prompt emailing and in some cases careful attention to complicated issues. In the case of H-Antisemitism, I will also be encouraging incoming board members to help with an additional round of recruitment focused on expanding the network’s editorial staff.
Scholarly Value: H-Antisemitism forms an integral part of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. H-Net is among the longest running and most widely utilized resources for scholarly communication and collaboration in the humanities and social sciences. It operates on a digital platform, the H-Net Commons, designed and managed by academics and centered on editorial best practices. The latter includes the principle of oversight and moderation of all published content by trained and certified field experts. An elected board of editors governs H-Net and professional academics staff its operational center. H-Net does not derive revenue from its networks, charge subscriber fees, run advertisements, or sell user data. Its networks range in size and in the breadth of their activities based on the availability of academic volunteers and the needs of their scholarly communities. Our largest networks have thousands of academic subscribers and receive tens of thousands of web visits every year. Because subscriptions are free and posts moderated, H-Net networks are among the most reliable, useful, and accessible sources of field-specific information. H-Net networks manage projects running from review programs to blog series to resource lists to GIS-indexed maps to timelines to syllabus databases and discussion forums. H-Net networks make all their content freely available on the web. H-Antisemitism was founded in 1993 and its discussion logs serve as a remarkable public archive of the field. It has over 1,000 scholarly subscribers. Integrated into H-Net’s system, H-Antisemitism can cull academic announcements from H-Announce and job adds from H-Net’s Job Guide.
Contact: Scholars, teachers, and public academics interested in serving on the board should contact Dr. David Prior in his capacity as H-Net’s Vice President of Networks (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will encourage an initial friendly and confidential conversation about your interests and their potential relationship to the network. I can also address H-Net’s application and certification process.