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Distribution Lists and Listserves

System-wide Email Distribution Lists

A system-wide distribution list is one that is available to all users. System-wide lists must be approved by the Kalamazoo College Information Services department. Lists are generally used to facilitate the sending of email to groups of people such as a department or committee.

  • Distribution lists may be requested by a faculty member or staff member.
  • Requests for distribution lists should be submitted via email to the Help Desk and include a list of all email account names to be included in the list. The submitter is responsible for the accuracy of the list of names.
  • IS can give a designated faculty or staff member rights to update the distribution list directly if that is appropriate in a given situation.

Listserves

Listserves are also available. The process for requesting a listserve is the same as for a distribution list.

What is the difference between a distribution list and a listserve?

The primary differences are listed below. Generally, we recommend distribution lists for announcement type mailing lists and listserves for discussion-oriented lists.

Distribution Lists Listserves
maintained by Information Services or by users maintained by users
can contain only @kzoo.edu addresses flexible security
  messages automatically archived on server
  can be configured to create message digests