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(computer science)
The software (server) used to maintain an electronic mailing list. Also known as list server.


An automatic mailing list server, initially written to run under IBM's VM operating system by Eric Thomas.

Listserv is a user name on some computers on BITNET/EARN which processes electronic mail requests for addition to or deletion from mailing lists. Examples are,

Some listservs provide other facilities such as retrieving files from archives and database search. Full details of available services can usually be obtained by sending a message with the word HELP in the subject and body to the listserv address.

Eric Thomas, has recently formed an international corporation, L-Soft, and has ported Listserv to a number of other platforms including Unix. Listserv has simultaneously been enhanced to use both the Internet and BITNET.

Two other major mailing list processors, both of which run under Unix, are Majordomo, a freeware system, and Listproc, currently owned and developed by BITNET.


Mailing list management software from L-Soft international, Inc., Landover, MD ( that runs on Windows, Mac, OpenVMS, VM (mainframe) and various Unix machines. LISTSERV scans email messages for the words "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" to automatically update the list. Virus protection is also provided. The LISTSERV program originated in France in 1986 by engineering student Eric Thomas, who went on to found the L-Soft company in 1994. See electronic mailing list.
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The first query, which was sent only to MD- or PhD-level leadership, received 227 responses, the largest response ever to a query on the ASM listserv.
My community has a listserv - an e-mail forum that lets any member send a message to every other member--with more than 900 families and e-mails that go from morning to night.
Listservs are great for asking questions, sharing interests, or spreading information quickly by way of email.
A listserv is a helpful media for allowing you to get information from nurses all over the world and to get help, resources and ideas from other nurses in other countries and in other hospitals.
Today, the listservs remain an outstanding resource for parents to engage with other parents who have children with special needs.
In addition to blogs, listservs have become an increasingly useful way for schools to communicate not only internally but with parents and the larger community.
In the first section, the listserv data was examined to report on the length of electronic discussions, time for student reading, reflection, and composition on listservs, and bidding for teacher attention phenomenon.
The Colorado Consumer Health Information Librarians Listserv (CCHILL) formed in 2002 and began holding quarterly meetings (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Midcontinental Region, 2004).
But listservs are just one of the many tools that IHE's are using to create good will among parents and encourage their participation.
He will oversee initiatives to get members more involved from the most basic action such as reading Hotline, NEPA's newsletter, to becoming active in listservs and local chapters and Special Interest Groups.
It is true that some section listservs see more member activity than others.
To participate in one of ACTE's members-only listservs, visit www.