Discussion groups and forums are a great way to develop a community around your museum or gallery. Not only do they connect audiences with your institution but they create an opportunity for people to discuss issues and share ideas. CAN has its own discussion lists which are free to subscribe to and free to post to. They work through email, so if you have an email account, you are ready to subscribe. CAN lists are moderated, so you won’t get junk mail, and it’s a great way to know what’s going on in the sector and let people know your information as well. The most popular lists on CAN are can-talk, can-jobs, can-exhibitions, can-news, can-events and artbooks.
CAN has also posted a directory of its favourite international discussion groups for museum professionals. Professional organisations and groups providing support to the sector may have their own discussion lists that you may be eligible to join, check each list for membership requirements.