Mailing lists allow a person to send an e-mail message to one address and have it automatically forwarded to many e-mail addresses. Office 365 mailing lists can be automatically generated and are ideal for many departmental lists.
LISTSERV by L-Soft is an e-mail list management software. It offers a variety of e-mail list types including announcement-only and discussion groups.
LISTSERV allows list owners to maintain and administer their lists through e-mail or web-browser interfaces. List subscribers can read and send messages via e-mail or through the web interface. They can also control personal list settings through a simple web interface, as well as subscribe or unsubscribe to lists. The list archives are available online.
The many features of LISTSERV are summarized at LISTSERV Features & Benefits by L-Soft.
LISTSERV is preferable if you need any of the following:
- a moderated list
- want online archives
- allow users to self-subscribe or unsubscribe
- have non-University of Iowa subscribers
- want to advertise your list publicly
- administer the list yourself