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The prominent network for colleges and universities was BITNET (Because It's Time NETwork), a tree-structured chain of IBM mainframe computers that received and forwarded messages, files, and e-mail from one "node" to the next until they had reached their destinations.
If you use INTERNET instead of BITNET, the same message goes to LISTSERV@uicvm.
Even though we often equate computer-mediated communication with e-mail messages full of sterile ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) characters, once we are willing to work through that bias and begin to explore the other types of computer-mediated communication available on WANS, a whole range of methods for distributing and publishing hypermedia across WANS becomes possible even on today's Internet, BITNET, and USENET.
The Handicap Digest was first distributed via BITNET on June 6, 1986.
By the mid-1980s, a university staff member's business card had special cachet if it listed both BITNET and Internet e-mail addresses.
In a broader sense non-TCP/IP networks such as BITNET, which have developed special gateway connections to allow for the exchange of information, might also be said to be part of the Internet.
For instance, a researcher using NSFNET, ARPANET and BITNET, which links many universities, must remember at least three different personal codes and password -- and the appropriate "address" for a person receiving a message at the other end.
So, here's how to subscribe--which is the same for most BITNET listservs; BITNET is a network that is part of the Internet, and one that operates many listservs.
Already the Internet and BITNET encompass a vast array of information resources that are increasingly being used both by librarians and the users they serve.
These bulletins include guides to Internet and BITNET and library catalogs on the Net.
For instance, an Internet member can write to a colleague on the BITNET and his or her message will be routed via a central node on the BITNET.