New ARSC Member Forum Coming Soon
At the recent ARSC Business Meeting, the Board announced that there will be exciting changes happening to the association’s ARSCLIST and ARSCLIB Listservs. We would like to tell you about these changes, too.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be effecting a transition away from the current Listserv platform to a newer, multi-featured environment on Discourse (discourse.org). Discourse is a robust, open-source software primarily for non-profit groups such as ours, and is highly rated for its security and stability.
The new ARSC Forum will eventually replace the current Listservs, which many of the ARSC membership have found to have outlived its usefulness in how ARSC members are able to communicate with one another.
The new ARSC Forum will be open to all, highly customizable, and mobile-compatible. Some of the new features coming to ARSC will include the ability to:
- Organize messages by topic
- Search the archive for past posts
- Receive updates via email on all topics, or just the ones you want
- Post website links, audio and video files (a nice function to have for an audio-based organization), graphics, and other media directly to the site
- Privately message other members within the ARSC Forum
- Access all the posts from the current Listservs, which will be migrated and searchable in the new ARSC Forum.
- Incorporate ARSCLIB as a separate subgroup, and you may subscribe to receive those updates independently
- Join a subgroup for members-only
- Receive news, updates, and messages from the Board to the membership much faster than in the past
We do not want to create this new forum in a vacuum -- we want to hear from YOU! If you have any suggestions for features you would like to see on the new Forum, please contact Jeff Willens ([log in to unmask]). We will work with our developer and Discourse to incorporate as many of your suggestions as possible.
We understand change is difficult, but very often, it can be for the better. Thank you in advance for your patience, and stay tuned for more updates.
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.