DYK? DID YOU KNOW that H-Net has 10 networks with over 4K subscribers?

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H-Net communities have long been an important space for scholarly discussions and offer a safe space to explore new ideas or to debate old ones. Whether large or small, the H-Net networks today work so well because of their editors' unflagging commitment to H-Net's mission and our belief in open access to and for academia.

This morning I scanned through the list of all our public networks and was impressed - as always - with the breadth and scope of the various titles. As we become more familiar with all the powerful tools available to us in the H-Net Commons, we can find new connections across these communities in ways that the founders of the email-based listservs never imagined. Think about the added impact for each network's subscribers when they can find, using a post's categories or tags, new insights and new voices in related threads from another network.

The international reach especially of our largest networks becomes a great wealth for all of H-Net together and new connections are easily forged in the Commons if subscribers are interested in making them. Though the numbers have likely already increased as you read this message, there are 10 networks with over 4,000 subscribers:

H-Asia - 8284 Subscribers
H-Women - 6411 Subscribers
H-Amstdy - 6397 Subscribers
EDTECH - 5377 Subscribers
H-Sci-Med-Tech - 4208 Subscribers
H-Albion - 4442 Subscribers
H-Diplo - 4434 Subscribers
H-German - 4205 Subscribers
H-LatAm - 4144 Subscribers
H-Judaic - 4059 Subscribers

While there is a potential strength in "crowdsourcing" our intellectual endeavors, we may also falter when individuals feel isolated or alienated in such large numbers. I ask you all to think about the new directions that we should be going with instructional technologies and bring those best practices here to model for all how best to learn and teach. The H-Net Commons offers a place for individual empowerment and the power of small groupwork in the crucial role of scholarly networking - it is limited only by our lack of creativity and innovation. We invite you to dream big with us as the Council considers the new H-Net Strategic Plan.

Sincerely,

Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
H-Net President 2015
University of Kentucky
hollings@mail.h-net.msu.edu

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