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You 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.


Museums in general
Museums and web / informatics
Museums and education

Museums and cultural heritage
Conservation

Museums -Thematic Lists


Museums in general

ICOM-L
Description:
ICOM-L 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

MUSEUM-L
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
3097 subscribers

H-MUSEUM
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)

MLANEWS
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 professionals.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
958 subscribers

AAMV
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
20 subscribers
Information Contact:
Liz Gumerman

MUSEOPHILE
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

 

Museums and Web / Informatics

ARCHIMUSE
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.
Languages:
English

MGC
Description:
Museum 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.
Languages:
English

MUSEDOMA-L
Description:
This list is intended for the free discussion of any and all matters relevant to the Top Level Domain ".museum" and MuseDoma.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
421 subscribers

MUSEI-IT
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.
Languages:
Italian
Subscribers:
308 subscribers (july 2003)

MCN (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

MUSWEB-L
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
305 subscribers

WEBHEAD-L
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".

Languages:
English
Subscribers:
209 subscribers

Museums and education

SEN-ASTC-L
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
944 subscribers

MUSEUM-ED
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
830 subscribers

Museums and cultural heritage

MUSEUM SECURITY NETWORK
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
Subscribers:
2000

NINCH-ANNOUNCE
Description:
National Initiative for Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH - USA), Digitization of cultural heritage; mostly announcements of events, publications, calls, etc.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
556 subscribers

Conservation

CONSERVA-LISTA
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.
Subscribers:
614 subscribers

Conservation DistList
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/)
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
5412 people from at least 72 countries

Conservation-Research
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
40 subscribers

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.
Language: English

PADG
Description:
Preservation Administrators Discussion Group. Preservation issues.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
200-300 subscribers

TEXCONS
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
281 subscribers

Museums -Thematic Lists

AFRICOM-L
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 from AFRICOM.
Languages: English, French

CIMCIM-L
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 moderated.
Languages:
English and French
Subscribers:
100-500 subscribers

INTERCOM-L
Description: Information on museum management, leadership. If you wish to join this discussion list, simply send an email to intercom-l-request@chin.gc.ca and enter the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field.
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subscribers: about 200

DEMUSEUM
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.
Languages:
German
Subscribers:
500 subscribers

ICME
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.
Languages: English
Subscribers: 500 subscribers

JEWISH MUSEUM DISCUSSION
Description:
A general list for individuals to access and discuss information about the Jewish Museum.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
134 subscribers

SAAMUS-LIST
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
91 subscribers

SMA-L
Description:
State Museum Association discussion list (USA)
Languages: English
Subscribers:
119 subscribers

SMALL Museums
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 www.aaslh.org
Languages: English
Subscribers:
429 subscribers

TEENMUSE
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 dormant.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
75 subscribers

VSMUS
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.
Languages:
English
Subscribers:
300 subscribers

 

 
 
   
Updated: 11 Octoberr 2007