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What is a Listserv?


Listserv provides members of the Dartmouth community with a high-performance mailing list management system. Listserv at Dartmouth runs on a dedicated host computer, "". Dartmouth College licenses the Listserv software from L-Soft Corporation.

Every Listserv list, hosted at Dartmouth, must have an owner with a valid Dartmouth account. Listserv is a mechanism for managing a list when any or all of the following characteristics are necessary:

  • World-wide advertisement of the topic.
  • Automatic processing of subscription and sign-off requests.
  • Automatic maintenance of archives of postings. These archives can be retrieved by email or searched and read via a Web interface.
  • Automatic formation of daily digests of postings.
  • Control of the posting process, including moderation, limitations on service area, or limiting the ability to post to subscribers or editors.
  • The number of subscribers is potentially large (over 1,000) or widely distributed geographically.
  • The subscribers of the list contains addresses
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Last updated: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

Information, Technology & Consulting