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Gala, 2009

by Johan Oberg on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 11:55 am
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ALA Gala 2009, Chicago

by Johan Oberg on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
ALA Connect Help

Discussion Frequently Asked Questions about Profiles in ALA Connect

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 09:34 am
  1. Can I hide my profile completely in ALA Connect?
  2. Can I hide a committee or other group from appearing on my profile?
  3. Who can see what on my profile?
  4. Who can see contact information on my profile?
  5. What is my "network?"
  6. How can I change my username, password, or other information on my profile?
  7. Can I display my full profile publicly?
  8. If I choose to display my profile to the public, does that include my contact information?
  9. Why can't I add my full work or education history to my profile?
  10. Do protected, non-public posts I make appear on my profile?
  11. Where do I set my email preferences in my profile?
  12. How do I remove the "Send [me] a message" link from appearing underneath my picture on my profile?
  13. Why does one letter or two numbers appear after my name?
  14. Why does it say (non-member) after my name when I'm an ALA member?
  15. What do I do if one of my group/committee affiliations is not appearing on my profile?
  16. Why doesn't my signature retain the line breaks I put in?
  17. How many publications can I list on my profile?
  18. What is a Del.icio.us username?
  19. What is a Flickr username?
  20. Don't see your question listed here? Contact us for an answer.

  1. Can I hide my profile completely in ALA Connect?
    You can't hide your entire profile, but you can hide certain parts of it or you can exclude yourself from appearing altogether in Connect as long as you're not on any committees. For more information about hiding pieces of your profile or excluding yourself from Connect altogether, see the FAQ about privacy options in ALA Connect.

     

  2. Can I hide a committee or other group from appearing on my profile?
    You can't hide a committee from appearing on your profile, but you can hide your affiliations with a community, division, round table, or section. To learn how to do this, check the FAQ about privacy options in ALA Connect.

     

  3. Who can see what on my profile?
    The public can only see your name and links to things you post that you mark as "public." Other ALA members can also see your committees, any affiliations you haven't hidden, and any additional information you've added to your profile. People in your network see all of those things plus your contact information. For more information about this, see our FAQ about privacy options in ALA Connect.

     

  4. Who can see contact information on my profile?
    Only people you've manually added to your network can see contact information on your profile.

     

  5. What is my "network?"
    Your network consists of the other ALA members you've self-identified in ALA Connect as classmates, clients, colleagues, contacts, coworkers, frequent collaborators, friends, and vendors. Note that adding someone to your network means they can see your contact information.

    Adding people to your network will become a more important option in future phases of Connect when we help you find other members, interesting content, and relevant events through your network.

     

  6. How can I change my username, password, or other information on my profile?
    ALA members can fill out additional information about themselves in ALA Connect by editing their profile, but to change your name, login, password, address, or contact information, you need to log in to the ALA website and update your membership information. See our FAQ about logging in if you encounter any problems logging in to Connect, although your login information for Connect is the same as your login information for the ALA website. If you've forgotten your username and password, you can recover it from the website.

     

  7. Can I display my full profile publicly?
    Yes. By default, your full profile only displays to ALA members, but you can edit this option in your profile to display everything except your contact information to the public.
  8. If I choose to display my profile to the public, does that include my contact information?
    No, everything except your contact information displays to the public. Only people in your network can see your contact information.

     

  9. Why can't I add my full work or education history to my profile?
    During phase one of ALA Connect, you can only add one work affiliation and one educational affiliation. In phase two, however, we'll be adding the ability to add your full work and education history.

     

  10. Do protected, non-public content I post appear on my profile?
    No, the public and other ALA members see only your public posts.

     

  11. Where do I set my email preferences in my profile?
    When you click on the "edit" tab on your profile, towards the bottom of the page you'll see a place to set your email preferences. Learn more about your email options in the How to Set Your Email Preferences in ALA Connect help document.

  12. How do I remove the "Send [me] a message" link from appearing underneath my picture on my profile?
    If you edit your profile, towards the bottom of the page you'll find a section for "contact settings." If you uncheck that box, the "Send [me] a message" option will not appear as an option for other people.

  13. Why does one letter/two letters/two numbers appear after my name?
    A designation after your name means there is more than one account in our membership database for your first name plus last name. We need a way to distinguish between those names in Connect, so first we try to add your middle initial after your last name. If you have no middle initial in your membership profile on the ALA website, then we try to add the two-letter abbreviation for your state. If you have no state listed in your website profile, then we add the last two digits of your membership number.

    If you believe the multiple records in our membership database all belong to you, please contact our customer service department to request that they be merged into one record. That will delete the extra accounts from our database and remove the extra designation at the end of your name.

    If there are other people with the same name and you want to remove the numbers from the end of yours, you can log in to the ALA website and edit your membership information to add either a middle initial or a state to your address. Be sure to log out of ALA Connect and log back in to see the changes.

    If you have further questions about this, please contact us.

     

  14. Why does it say (non-member) after my name when I'm an ALA member?
    ALA members should log in to ALA Connect using their regular ALA website usernames and passwords. If you create a new account on Connect, it won't syncrhonize with your member account. If you don't remember your website login and password, you can recover it here. Please contact us if you have further questions or if you need help deleting your non-member account.

     

  15. What do I do if one of my group/committee affiliations is not appearing on my profile?
    Contact the staff liaison for the group, because that's the person who can start troubleshooting the problem. If you're looking at the group's roster, anyone marked as an "admin" can contact the right person to help you.

     

  16. Why doesn't my signature retain the line breaks I put in?
    We don't allow HTML formatting in the signature file in order to reduce code conflicts, so we suggest using a format such as this one:

    Firsname Lastname |Orgname | Email address or other contact info

     

  17. How many publications can I list on my profile?
    As many as you want - go for it.

     

  18. What is a Del.icio.us username?
    Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site that offers many advantages over storing your bookmarks in your browser on one computer. While there are many sites like del.icio.us now, it was the first one and it's one of the most popular. Learn more about social bookmarking by watching this short video from the Common Craft folks.

     

  19. What is a Flickr username?
    Flickr is a photo sharing website that makes re-using your pictures very easy. It was the first social photo sharing site, and it's still one of the most popular. Learn more about social photo sites by watching this short video from the Common Craft folks.

    Note that your Flickr username is *not* what appears in your Flickr URL, and it's not your Yahoo/Flickr login. To figure out what your Flickr username is, log in to the the site and look at the top of the screen. You should see a line that says, "Logged in as xxxxxxxxxx". Whatever it says for xxxxxxxxxx is your Flickr username, so that's what you'll want to enter in your Connect profile.

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RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee (Reference Services Section)

Event Due: 16th Reference Research Forum Proposals

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:50 am

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

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RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee (Reference Services Section)

Discussion Deadline Approaching: 16th Reference Research Forum, 2010

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:47 am

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:
http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

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ALCTS

Event ALCTS e-forum: Opening Doors to Hidden Collections

by Kristin Martin on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 08:05 am

Please join us for an ALCTS e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Opening Doors to Hidden Collections”
Dec. 8-9, 2009
E-forum runs 9-5 Eastern time each day (8-4 Central, 7-3 Mountain, 6-2 Pacific)
Moderated by JoAnne Deeken and Millie Jackson.

Please join us for an ALCTS e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Opening Doors to Hidden Collections”
Dec. 8-9, 2009
E-forum runs 9-5 Eastern time each day (8-4 Central, 7-3 Mountain, 6-2 Pacific)
Moderated by JoAnne Deeken and Millie Jackson.

As discovery tools are overtaking the traditional catalog as the primary face of libraries, much emphasis is being placed on unique materials and hidden collections.
 
How do you define hidden collections? How would you describe them? How do you provide access to hidden collections? What are the roles, if any, of the traditional Technical Services and/or Collection Development departments in providing access to these hidden collections? Do new workflows or adjustments in staffing have to be made to accommodate the work?

Join the discussion.  Help answer these question and pose others.  We have the opportunity to reshape what a library is and does.  Don't be passive. Become an active voice in creating change.  Help us shape the future.

Moderated by:
JoAnne Deeken is Head of Technical Services and Digital Access at the University of Tennessee Libraries.  She has been a librarian in Technical Services for 25 years and has worked at 5 different university libraries across the country.  Most of her publications deal with the organization of technical services.  She is an active member of ALCTS, having served on several committees and discussion (now interest) groups.

Millie Jackson is Associate Dean for Collections at The University of Alabama.  Previously she was Head of Collections at Florida State University and held several positions in the library at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.  She has published and presented on workflow and electronic resources.  She is currently the chair of ALCTS CMDS Administration of Collection Development.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion.  Most e-forums last two to three days. 

*To register:*

Go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa, click on ALCTS (spelled out) under the ALA Division heading, then choose alcts-eforum@ala.org . A login and password are required to register. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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RUSA Board of Directors

Online Doc Strategic Plan 2009-2011, RUSA, 11-9-9

by Susan Hornung (non-member) on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 06:34 pm

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