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The University of Minnesota eCommunications system currently includes Lyris ListManager ('Lyris'), the University's mass email distribution system. The eCommunications group is dedicated to the support and advancement of Lyris as an internal and external communication tool for University units. Lyris operates according to the eCommunications organizational model.
To begin using Lyris, talk to your college or unit's Lyris contact (often someone in a central communications or web group). If you're not sure who your contacts are, email us. If your unit doesn't already use Lyris, learn how to get started.
For nearly a year, the Mass Email User Group (MEUG) has been meeting to discuss and share topics of interest related to mass email. You can find more information on the Mass Email User Group pages.
If you'd like to discuss mass email at the University, a list is available. This list is intended to serve the communications, technical and design staff who have a role in mass email. To join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe ecomm-email-talk" as the body of the message to subscribe, or visit the LISTSERV Web site. Note that this list also serves as a backup channel for communications to Lyris users in the event of an outage.
Effective immediately, user agreements are no longer required for all users; only key contacts are required to have a user agreement on file. See the blog post or the access control page for more information.
On June 13, 2010 mailing retention will be reduced to 190 days. This change will affect your ability to view past mailings older than 190 days and any tracking data associated with them. For more information see the eCommunications blog.