The State Library is no longer accepting requests to host mailing lists from non-library organizations or hosts lists that do not meet the direct work of our agency. If you meet that criteria, please send an email requesting a list to: library.help@state.or.us.

We are planning to discontinue support of mailing lists we host by 06/30/2018. I am working on a transition plan that will be communicated to our current listowners and administrators in early March. The transition plan will include recommended alternatives, timeline reminders, offers to delete unused or dormant lists and offers to export current subscribers addresses. This information will be sent out monthly along with any updates to all interested parties.

It may be possible that before June, an enterprise wide solution can be identified to continue to host and support agency mailing lists. I will keep all interested parties informed if this is a possibility. However, in the meantime, agencies may wish to begin considering installing their own mailing list systems.

Mailman is the open source software we currently utilize. It is easily downloadable and can be installed and run at your agency. We can export your list’s current subscriber data which you could then, migrate over to a new service. Mailman is a good option for two-way communication type lists.

With one-way communication lists (newsletters, agency announcements) paid services such as Mailchimp or Granicus (GovDelivery) are options worth investigating. The State of Oregon has a contract with Granicus to in part, provide, this type of service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

-Jerry Curry