I am a collector of information. It probably started back in grade school. When I am working on a project, I try to come at it from every angle. I am thorough and I bring this to my work life and personal life. I also like to share this information with others, as it can be really useful.
I have always subscribed to different academic listservs and in the day of Web 2.0 this might seem outdated, but I have to say that there are some really useful listservs for academics. For instance, I was just reading the latest email sent via Tomorrows Professor (Rick Reis): TP Msg. #1097 Joining Your Department and Discipline – Negotiating Tips. This post is prescient for anyone on the academic job market. Now, I know that jobs are far and few, but you should negotiate the offer. Be reasonable, but really weigh the offer and look at the starting salary, which will influence each of the merit raises thereafter.
Research has found that women, in particular, do not negotiate their salaries as often as men. I’m not here to argue this point, but throw it out there and remind everyone to review their offers closely. And, to suggest that you sign up for Tomorrows Professor. There are post that are geared more toward helping an advanced graduate student work on the thesis or dissertation project through posts to help chairs manage their job.
If you know of other useful listservs, please let me know. Off the top of my head I subscribe to: WMST-L, Tomorrows Professor, Latino List, Race, Ethnicity and Politics List, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, and some others that I’m sure I’m forgetting right now. And, do make sure that you share the information with others who might share similar interests.
http://h-net.org/ is another good page with discussion forums, listservs, and so forth. I found out about it through a History Department, but it’s good for the Humanities more generally!
Thank you for noting! I used to belong to some, when I was more focused in Women’s Studies. However, now I’m full-time in Political Science and stick to most of those type of lists. We certainly can get information overload, but it’s great to know of these different places. I know that I forgot some of the qualitative methods blogs/lists that I also follow, too.