Member agencies are currently the backbone of OASIS operations. Communication between and among member agencies is a critical component for a vibrant OASIS organization. Computer mailing lists have been established to facilitate this process.
A mailing list is essentially a database of addresses, which resides on a “server” (computer which is connected to the Internet and which is accessible 24 hrs a day) and is programmed to distribute incoming messages to all addresses in the database. With this tool messages, documents etc. can be sent to all participants in minutes at minimal cost compared to conventional methods at great cost and time. OASIS currently operates the following mailing lists:
- firstname.lastname@example.org – Board members of OASIS agencies
- email@example.com – Executive Directors and their designates
- firstname.lastname@example.org – Financial professionals
- email@example.com – Human Resource professionals
- firstname.lastname@example.org – IT professionals
- email@example.com – General OASIS digest email
The new lists will allow message sizes of up to 2 Mb in HTML or Plain text modes. The default “Reply to:” address will be the original sender but list users can reply via the list by using the “Reply to all” option of their email client.
Executive Directors should be aware that submissions to the lists need to be approved by them and they may designate more than one and up to three people for each list as required. On several or all of these lists there may be sensitive or even confidential information distributed. It is for this reason that some discretion on who is posted to these lists is important.
Executive Directors wishing to add or subtract names to any of the above-mentioned mailing lists can be done when editing your agency’s information within the Members Area of the OASIS site. Information on the mail lists will include but not be limited to such things as the distribution of “opinion gathering polls” for the formation of policies, media releases and position statements, the sharing of ideas, the distribution of queries on relevant service sector issues, and the coordination of administrative tasks.
Messages must get through to all member agencies! OASIS is working hard to streamline the timeliness and inclusiveness of its communications. Your help is needed to round out this objective.