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Mailing Lists - Overview

This article provides a high-level overview of what a mailing list is and how to use them.

Mailing lists are email addresses that are associated with a department, group, or event rather than with an individual. Mailing lists at the University of Chicago serve two distinct functions:

  • An internal means for disseminating information within an organization (for example, a campus bird-watching club might use a mailing list to post sightings for all the members to enjoy)
  • An external address that is associated with a department or project (for example, the Department of Classics might use a mailing list address for people within and without the University to inquire about and register for a conference on Ovid).

Because of the disparate functions that mailing lists serve, subscriptions to mailing lists can be as small as one person (the Department of Classics might have a single staff member assigned to information and registration for their Ovid conference), or as large as several hundred people.

One advantage to using mailing lists for departmental or group functions is that the mailing list subscription can be modified to accommodate changes to the way the mailing list is being used. Additionally, mailing lists solve the problem of relying on one staff member’s personal email address for departmental communications.

Using Mailing Lists is the University of Chicago’s electronic mailing list service. To view, moderate, or administer your email lists, go to and log in using your CNetID and password.

For Mailing List documentation and FAQs, see our Mailing List Documentation.

Create a Mailing List

To request a mailing list, follow these Create a new email list instructions. After a day or so, the mailing list will be granted if no one else has it, and you will receive a message telling you how to set up the list via the web.

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Owner:Paul B.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-08-02 18:00 CSTUpdated:2012-08-06 09:25 CST
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