What is ListServ?

Lists.ou.edu is an email distribution list system sponsored by Information Technology at the University of Oklahoma.

As email has become an increasingly important medium of communication at the University of Oklahoma and throughout the world, the email distribution list has become a powerful way for groups to communicate. Lists.ou.edu facilitates the creation and maintenance of these distribution lists with LISTSERV┬«, version 16 from L-Soft international, Inc.

Lists.ou.edu is used as an aid to class discussions, faculty committees and student organizations. With over 700 mailing lists, Lists.ou.edu is used by almost every unit of the University of Oklahoma for simple and reliable email based communication.

Please note that Listservs differ from distribution groups in some key ways. Distribution Groups are groups of users within Active Directory (AD) that, similar to Listserv, can be used for the purposes of sending multiple users a message at the same time. Unlike Listservs, Distribution Groups can also be utilized to assign users special permissions to access certain applications. Also, unlike Listserv lists, these groups are only able to contain OU and OUHSC accounts as members. External accounts and email addresses are not supported with Distribution Groups. So if you are utilizing your communication for both OU and/or non-OU mail accounts and do not need the group to manage any special OU system or service permissions, then a Listserv account should meet your needs.

To request a Listserv mail account, please visit the IT Service Catalog.

 

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Article ID: 205
Created
Sun 9/6/20 2:02 PM