will find herewith a list of discussion, distribution lists
and forums on museum related subjects and museum professionals.
This list is not ment to be all-inclusive. Please help us
keep this up to date. If you know of any change or any necessary
addition, let us know, and we shall be happy to make the
necessary changes on this page.
is used for the discussion of all matters relating to the
International Council of Museums. It is also used for official
announcements about ICOM's activities.
Languages: English / French
Subscribers: 1030 subscribers
Description: Museum-L is a general purpose, cross-disciplinary
electronic discussion list for museum professionals, students,
and all others interested in museum related issues. All
museum related topics are acceptable for posting and discussion
at this time.
Subscribers: 3097 subscribers
Description: The H-Net Network for Museums and Museum
Studies is a moderated mailing list and information forum.
This means that texts are reviewed by an editorial panel,
revised if necessary and only then transmitted. The manager
of the list will ensure that the contents meet academic
standards and prevent their use for commercial, non-academic
or non- relevant purposes. The editorial team is supported
by an advisory board.
The mailing list addresses themes and questions primarily
relating to museums and memorial places, but is also intended
to be interdisciplinary, so that archaeological, historical,
cultural and artistic information can be posted alongside
other more established, central spheres of activity. Articles
relating to the activities and news of archives and libraries
will also be listed. A particular feature is the emphasis
on museums and the internet. You will also find accounts
and discussions of exhibitions, reviews of books and other
communication media, as well as reports of conferences and
calls for papers.
Languages: mainly English and German, but Italian, French
and Dutch too.
Subscribers: 4000 subscribers (January 2005)
Description: The Council for Museums, Archives and
Libraries, UK. The aim of this list is to distribute news
and information from Resource to museum, library and archive
Subscribers: 958 subscribers
Description: The American Association for Museum
Volunteers hosts this "lightly" moderated listserv for discussion
of issues relating to volunteer management and museum volunteerism
in general. AAMV is an affliate of AAM and is the only national
association representing the over 400,000 volunteers in
all catergories of museums.
Subscribers: 20 subscribers
Information Contact: Liz
Description: The Museophile discussion forums facility
allows general discussion and announcements about museum-related
issues and events via a web-based interface. Sections include
announcements, conferences, events, jobs, news, websites,
Virtual Library museums pages, and an electronic version
of a column that appears in New Heritage magazine. Comments
may be attached by readers to any information that is posted.
Languages: Mainly English but any language allowed
Subscribers: 100 at present
Description: Archives and Museum Informatics (Company).
Archives & Museum Informatics organizes conferences, workshops
and seminars, publishes journals and monographs, and consults
for archives and museums worldwide.
Computer Group (UK) electronic discussion list -- a forum
for anyone interested in the use of computers and information
technology in a museum or gallery context.
Description: This list is intended for the free discussion
of any and all matters relevant to the Top Level Domain
".museum" and MuseDoma.
Subscribers: 421 subscribers
Description: first italian-language mailing list about
new technologies in museums, founded in 1999. In the related
website you can find events, links, documents and papers
on the subject.
Subscribers: 308 subscribers (july 2003)
(Museum Computer Network Resources)
Description: The Museum Computer Network is a nonprofit
organization of professionals dedicated to fostering the
cultural aims of museums through the use of computer technologies.
We serve individuals and institutions wishing to improve
their means of developing, managing, and conveying museum
information through the use of automation. We support cooperative
efforts that enable museums to be more effective at creating
and disseminating cultural and scientific knowledge as represented
by their collections and related documentation. And the
list is a great way to keep in touch with colleagues who
do all those things. List members have recently polled each
other on digital image storage, ticketing systems, digital
cameras, bar coding, and many other technology innovations
used in museums.
Languages: Mainly english
Subscribers: 400 subscribers
Description: Museum Web Development. Web services at
museums and applications of closely associated technologies;
including administrative concerns in the maintenance of
Web sites, technical matters relating to the authorship
and transfer of hypertext documents, and the preparation
of multimedia material; services commonly accessed from
the Web environment using mailto, ftp, and gopher URLs;
technical issues that do not relate directly to the Web
such as digital sound and image capture, e-mail distribution
lists, and general network architecture; non-networked applications
of multimedia technologies.
Subscribers: 305 subscribers
Description: Webhead-L is an online forum for the discussion
of interactive science museum exhibits and exhibits issues.
This is a public, lightly-moderated "list".
Subscribers: 209 subscribers
Description: Association of Science-Technology Centers.
ISEN-ASTC-L is a listserv that links informal science educators
from around the world, many of whom work in ASTC member
institutions as educators, exhibit developers, evaluators,
and in the area of visitor services.
Description: MUSEUM-ED is an open, unmoderated discussion
list which serves as a forum for museum educators. Topics
for discussion will most likely be wide-ranging. To subscribe
send SUBSCRIBE MUSEUM-ED to LISTPROC@MTN.ORG.
Subscribers: 830 subscribers
Description: Museum Security Network List, Incidents
and trade involving stolen cultural property; publications,
security products, safety and salvage plans, addresses of
and links to related organizations. The mailinglist is dedicated
to the protection of cultural property against malicious
intent, such as theft, forgery, looting in wartime, illicit
excavations, and the trade in unprovenanced art objects.
Languages: Mainly English
Description: National Initiative for Networked Cultural
Heritage (NINCH - USA), Digitization of cultural heritage;
mostly announcements of events, publications, calls, etc.
Description: Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Properties.
Conservation - restoration techniques, materials, suppliers,
history of conservation, history of technology, ethics in
conservation, announcements, etc.
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish.
Description: A moderated digest, an interdisciplinary
forum, the DistListist is open to conservators, conservation
scientists, curators, librarians, archivist, administrators,
and others whose work life touches on the preservation of
cultural property. In addition, if you are a student in
museum, library, or archive program, or considering conservation
as a career, you may find the DistList an interesting introduction
to the work of our field(s). (See also http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/)
people from at least 72 countries
Description: This list has been set up to help maintain
the momentum of the discussions that took place on 1 July
in Leicester and to provide anyone in the UK and beyond
who has a concern for the conservation of historic buildings,
objects and works of art with an opportunity to voice their
views on, and exchange ideas about, conservation research.
You do NOT need to be carrying out conservation research
yourself to take part in discussions on this list! It is
hoped that the list will also enable providers and users
of conservation research to establish and maintain mutually
beneficial contacts more readily than through other channels.
The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works NewsBlog
Description: The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has promoted the knowledge, methods and working standards needed to protect and preserve historic and artistic works throughout the world.
Description: Preservation Administrators Discussion
Group. Preservation issues.
Description: Textile Conservation. Health and safety
information; Suppliers/products, but not advertisements;
Literature citations; Exhibition announcements; Courses,
symposia, and seminar announcements; Position and intern
announcements; Other topics that affect communication among
textile conservators and the textile conservation profession.
Subscribers: 281 subscribers
Description: A moderated distribution and discussion
list of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM).
This list will only accept messages related to AFRICOM and
its activities. It is also used for official announcements
Languages: English, French
Description: ICOMs International Committee for Museums
and Collections of Musical Instruments. CIMCIM-L is intended
to serve as an forum for the discussion of all issues related
to the fields of musical instrument curation, conservation,
collections management, research and documentation both
for members of CIMCIM and all others who are seriously involved
in the organization's sphere of activities. This list is
Languages: English and French
Subscribers: 100-500 subscribers
Description: Information on museum management, leadership.
If you wish to join this discussion list, simply send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and enter the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field.
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subscribers: about 200
Description: German Historical Museum. Announcements
of exhibitions, object-research, restoration issues, /Electronic
Dataprocessing in the museums, jobs etc. This list is open
for every museum related topic.
Description: The ICME list functions both for the
distribution of ICME News (the newsletter of the ICOM International
Committee for Museums of Ethnography), and as a direct discussion
forum. Although membership in ICME is not required for subscription
to the list, messages sent to the list should be relevant
to its themes.
Subscribers: 500 subscribers
Description: A general list for individuals to access
and discuss information about the Jewish Museum.
Description: The Society of American Archivists (SAA)
is North America's oldest and largest national archival
professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the
educational and informational needs of more than 3,400 individual
and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure
the identification, preservation, and use of records of
historical value. Anything related to museum archives.
Description: State Museum Association discussion list
Description: The American Association for State and
Local History (AASLH) established this listserv for anyone
who serves as a staff person, volunteer, or board member
of a small museum and who wants to share and discuss common
issues faced in the operation of these institutions. For
more information about AASLH, visit the AASLH web site at
Description: TEENMUSE grew out of several conversations
on MUSEUM-ED about high school students working in museums.
As museum studies and the "museum professional" continue
to evolve as specific career paths, and as the teenagers
of today grow up into the museum audiences and employees
of tomorrow, it is increasingly important that young people
be involved in various capacities in museum volunteer, membership,
educational outreach, and internship programs. How are the
needs of this group--educationally, socially, vocationally--best
served? How can they serve the needs of the museum? While
anyone concerned with museums is welcome, all participants
on this list are required to contribute to the dialogue.
Possible future plans for this conversation include a session
at AAM or other relevant conferences. The list is currently
Description: The Visitor Services in Museums Listserv
(VSMUS) operates as a forum to bring together museum professionals
and others concerned with the quality of the visitor experience
in museums. VSMUS serves as an avenue to relate experiences,
ideas and questions as well as provide an efficient method
for sharing advice and resources with others in museum environments.