Overview: Listserv software enables e-mail users to create and maintain large e-mail lists. Announcements, newsletters, moderated and open discussion groups are supported. List sizes can range from a few participants in a discussion group to several hundred or even thousands. Your lists can be maintained and used by one or more people.
These lists can be used for one-way or two-way communication among the members of the lists depending on how the list is configured.
- Examples of one-way communication include the distribution of announcements and newsletters.
- Examples of two-way communication include moderated and un-moderated discussion groups. The number of members in a list can range from a few participants in a discussion group to several hundred or even thousands.
Requesting a listserv: Listservs can be requested by any JMU sponsored or affiliated group, or by individuals who are conducting JMU-related academic or business functions. JMU student employees and student organizations must have a sponsoring staff or affiliate request a listserv on their behalf.
- Complete the online Listserv Application form.
- Once the form is complete, submit the request. If there are questions about your request, you will be contacted within two business days.
- Once your list is created, you will receive an e-mail confirming its creation with additional details about your list.
Request Listserv Training: JMU requires listserv training for owners and moderators before access to a new listserv is given. If you own or moderate existing listservs and are requesting a new listserv, training is still required if you have not already attended.
Employees may request Listserv training through MyMadison from IT Training (see IT Training Course Numbers).
Managing and using a listserv: You can manage your listserv and find other useful information at https://listserv.jmu.edu. To learn more about ListServ at JMU, view the 4 minute ListServ Overview video.