Do you remember how you used email when you were a student? Did you know that LISTSERV was created and first used in a university setting in 1986 and has been the glue that connects and unites campus communities around the world ever since?
Why? Because it handles all types of internal and external communications from one central LISTSERV site, informing and connecting students, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents and other stakeholders.
It's not surprising that email lists are still going strong because they're easy to use and provide a secure, ad-free communication space. Universities and other organizations count on LISTSERV for effective, efficient and engaging email newsletters, alerts, announcements, blogs and more. Subscribers can access their LISTSERV list messages conveniently in both their inboxes and the online archives.
Let's take a look at how campuses are keeping their communities connected in this series of snapshots.
Announcements, Newsletters, Blogs
Alumni, donor and parent outreach
Expertise and recognition spotlights
Special program and group announcements
University system collaboration and updates
Emergency alerts and other campus safety communications
Student life announcements and alerts
Event and opportunity announcements
Tip: Be sure your organization's digital communicators know about the ready-to-use newsletter and announcement templates, available on the LISTSERV 17.0 web interface
Discussion Forums, Online Communities
Research collaboration, innovation and invention
Student club and organization communications
Staff discussion forums and topic-focused groups
International student discussion communities
Research grant/proposal development discussions
Honors and other special program forums
Tip: Communicate with subscribers about the dedicated home page of each list and the searchable archives with forum view. Add a link to the web archives in your list's bottom banner.
LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)
DQL (Dynamic Query Lists)
Problem: Students ignoring the many email list messages being sent at any arbitrary time
Solution: L-Soft Training and Consulting helped the university design a system where all non-emergency notifications by departments or organizations would be sent to one list. That list would assemble these messages into a LISTSERV digest and then post all of that day's notifications to all students, once per day and at a specific time.
Results: This new system trained students to expect the notifications at only one time and significantly increased readership. The student distribution list is a DQL list, so it's always up-to-date with the current student roster.
"I like working with L-Soft's software – for what it does, it is economical and effective. And despite the available complexity, most people seem to be able to use it, both as list members and owners."
Nelson R. Pardee
Computing & Media Services
"I must say that LISTSERV is among the most stable and trouble-free of the heavily used software packages we run here. It is well worth every penny. And you can quote me!"
Frederick D. Ullman, Ph.D.
Director of Computing Services
SUNY College at Fredonia
Educational institutions like colleges and universities need to stay connected at all times. So they count on LISTSERV for effective, efficient and engaging email newsletters, discussion communities, alerts, announcements, blogs and more.
Contact L-Soft to discuss your organization's communication needs and challenges:
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