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The Natural Heritage Program Microsoft Access Listerv (NHPAccess-L)


This listserv (NHNM-L) is dedicated to the use of Microsoft Access databases for conservation purposes The target group is the Heritage program/CDC/NatureServe network (all divisions), but interested people in TNC, management, or other conservation organization are encouraged to join as well.. Main topics include how to get Access to do specific things and how to code certain functions. Broader discussions are also encouraged including topics such as how to deal with specific conservation needs and general databasing theory and design. Unless their are notable abuses, the particulars of discussion topic will be left to the discretion of members. Please feel free to post to the list, respond to the postings of others and encourage others to join the list.

Most NHP/CDCs use Access databases for one purpose or another, sometimes in the data management division, but a lot of times not. Please pass on information about this list to anyone in your program or allied programs who might have an interest. The goal of this list is to reduce the time and energy we spend reinventing the wheel, doing dumb computer stuff and banging our head against the keyboard after sleuthing a technical or design problem for the third hour, day, or month in a row. It is hoped that this might leave us with a better attitude and perhaps a few more resources to put toward our conservation efforts : - )

Rayo McCollough
Information Manager/Data Manager, Natural Heritage New Mexico

Signing Up

Signing up for this list is easy. Go to:


Chose the link to join the list and follow the simple instructions given there. The default subscription options work fine unless you know you want other parameters.

Alternatively, you can use email to subscribe. Send a message to:


Leave the Subject field blank.
In the body of message type (with no other text):

subscribe NHPACCESS-L Firstname Lastname

Of course, replace Firstname and Lastname with your first and last name. Once you have signed up, using either method, you can then use the web interface to access list archives, post messages and maintain your member options and information. You can also contribute your messages by sending them to the distribution address:


Notice that there are two different addresses: one for subscribing, unsubscribing and other command functions (listserv@maillist.unm.edu), and another for posting messages to the group (nhpaccess-l@maillist.unm.edu).


You Can Use the Web Interface for All Functions

A web interface to nhpaccess-l is available at: http://maillist.unm.edu/archives/nhpaccess-l.html You will need to designate a password to use the interface. The web interface gives you access to all list functions, including posting to the list, leaving it, or modifying your settings. You may also use the interface to view or search the archives for nhpaccess-l. You must be subscribed to nhpaccess-l in order to use this interface. TIP: When going on vacation, or if you wish to use the web interface exclusively to participate in the list, click the button "Mail delivery disabled temporarily [nomail]" on the Change Settings Page. For detailed information on how to use a listserv list see the user manual at: http://www.lsoft.com/manuals/1.8d/user/user.html

If you have forgotten your old password for web access to this listserv
or never set one up
, go to http://maillist.unm.edu/ and choose "Create a UNM Listserv Password" and from here you can easily reset your password, without having to know your old one.

If you know your password, you can look at or change your personal settings by going to the NHPAccess-L Archive Page at http://maillist.unm.edu/archives/nhpaccess-l.html and choosing "Join or
Leave the List (or change settings)."

To look at the archives for the list, go to http://maillist.unm.edu/archives/nhpaccess-l.html

You Can Also Use Email Commands

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list use the list address: nhpaccess-L@MAILLIST.UNM.EDU.

To leave the list at any time by sending a "SIGNOFF nhpaccess-L" command to LISTSERV@LIST.UNM.EDU. Place the command in the body of the message and do not include a subject or a signature. To subscribe or resubscribe do the same thing with the command SUBSCRIBE.

If you wish to receive the digested version of the postings, just send a "SET nhpaccess-L DIGEST" command to LISTSERV@LIST.UNM.EDU. More information on LISTSERV commands can be found in the LISTSERV reference card, which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO REFCARD" command to LISTSERV@LIST.UNM.EDU.

Accessing Archived Files: Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a list of the available archive files by sending an "INDEX nhpaccess-L" command to LISTSERV@LIST.UNM.EDU. You can then order these files with a "GET nhpaccess-L LOGxxxx" command, or using LISTSERV's database search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE" command for more information on the latter.

Message Receipt Settings: You can also tell LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you send to the list. The default is that LISTSERV will send you a copy of your own messages. After a while you may find that this is getting annoying. If you send a "SET nhpaccess-L ACK NOREPRO" command, LISTSERV will mail you a short acknowledgement instead, which will look different in your mailbox directory. You can turn off acknowledgements and self-copy completely with "SET nhpaccess-L NOACK NOREPRO".

For more information about subscription options, send a "QUERY nhpaccess-L" command to LISTSERV@LIST.UNM.EDU. Place the command in the body of the message and do not include a subject or a signature.


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