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We're excited to announce that you can now search the 800+ awards listed in the Financial Assistance for Library & Information Studies (FALIS) Directory in the Opportunities Exchange in ALA Connect.

Meeting requests are like Doodle polls that let you figure out the best time for everyone in your group to meet. Connect meeting requests also have the added feature of letting you automatically create a Connect calendar event based on the times of your poll. And as always, email notifications are automatic so you don't have to go through the separate steps of emailing everyone a link to the form or the event.

Here's a walkthrough of the process.

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Discussion What's Changed in the Redesigned ALA Connect

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 08:06 pm

Or, A New Look for ALA Connect!

As part of the 2012 redesign of the ALA Connect interface, we've moved some things around, added shortcuts to make it faster to get places, and changed some labels to make it easier to figure out where to start.

Here's a summary of some of the biggest improvements:

Or, A New Look for ALA Connect!

As part of the 2012 redesign of the ALA Connect interface, we've moved some things around, added shortcuts to make it faster to get places, and changed some labels to make it easier to figure out where to start.

Here's a summary of some of the biggest improvements:

  • The first change you'll probably notice is the navigation. The list of your groups is now on the left, instead of at the top, and there are only two columns on the site instead of three. Hopefully this will make the screen less cluttered and easier to read.

  • We also merged all of your group news into a single stream on the home page, so when you're logged in, you now start with a single view of everything from your groups that you haven't read yet. In other words, the "my unread items" screen is now your home page once you're logged in.

  • Even better, you can now filter that single stream of home page content by type by clicking on the icons in the new toolbar. If you want to find just the latest files added to your groups or jump into discussions, you can easily see just those by clicking on the "Files" icon. You can even use the "Show" options above the toolbar to view just those items you haven't read yet. The toolbar on your group's home page works the same way.


     

  • You can also filter your group's home page by subject heading, too, because you now have one set of subject headings that work across all content types (except chats, which will come later).


     

  • Overall, we suggest that the bulk of your content be added as "Discussions" so that you can organize them into different discussion forums. Use "Online Docs" when you want to collaboratively edit a document on the screen and "Files" when you want to share a specific file type with everyone.

    You'll also notice that the "posts" tool has disappeared. We heard from many of you that it was confusing to know when to use a post versus an online doc or a file or a discussion, so we've reduced the choice overload. Don't worry, though - all of your old posts are still live; they're just in the "General News & Discussion" forum in your Discussions area. You can read a little more about this in Where Did All My/Our Posts Go?

  • Looking for your profile or a way to quickly edit the list of groups sending you email notifications? Find those links by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner of any page.

  • It's also easier to tell right away if you've enabled email notifications from a particular group. Just go to the group's home page and look for the setting in the left-hand column. If the box is checked, you should be receiving emails. If it isn't, just check the box to enable them - much easier!

There are lots of other tweaks we've added, and we'll be doing more work in a second phase of improvements in early 2013. For this first round, we concentrated on making it easier to get around, find things, and add content, so we're excited to hear your feedback. Don't be shy - let us know what you think about the new design.

Additional redesign help documents:

 

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Online Doc Online Tutorial Module 3: How to Find Your Groups after Logging in to ALA Connect (video)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 09:52 am

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Click here to launch module

You will need the Flash player 9 or above to view this interactive tutorial.

Tip: Press the F11 key at the beginning of this tutorial in order to hide your browser's address bar and give you more viewing room.  Press F11 at the end of the tutorial to restore the address bar and close the tutorial.

 

Online Doc Online Tutorial Module 2: Public Navigation of ALA Connect for Non-ALA Members (video)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 09:52 am

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Click here to launch module

You will need the Flash player 9 or above to view this interactive tutorial.

Tip: Press the F11 key at the beginning of this tutorial in order to hide your browser's address bar and give you more viewing room.  Press F11 at the end of the tutorial to restore the address bar and close the tutorial.

Discussion Keeping Up with Connect: What's Going On (video)

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 09:49 am

There's so much happening on ALA Connect, you may feel a bit overwhelmed trying to find your way. But with a few easy features, you can quickly put your finger on the pulse of ALA Connect.

From the ALA Connect homepage you can browse upcoming events, view most recently created member communities, follow comments recently made, and more. Let's take a closer look....

There's so much happening on ALA Connect, you may feel a bit overwhelmed trying to find your way. But with a few easy features, you can quickly put your finger on the pulse of ALA Connect.

From the ALA Connect homepage you can browse upcoming events, view most recently created member communities, follow comments recently made, and more. Let's take a closer look....

One in a series of introductory screencasts created by the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders Group I.
View the original video and transcript.

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Discussion ALA Connect for LIS Students

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm

ALA Connect offers the opportunity for users to create member communities- communities that any ALA member can participate in. This provides a great opportunity for LIS students and alumni to congregate in an unofficial sort of way, network and build those professional relationship!...

ALA Connect offers the opportunity for users to create member communities- communities that any ALA member can participate in. This provides a great opportunity for LIS students and alumni to congregate in an unofficial sort of way, network and build those professional relationship!...

One in a series of introductory screencasts created by the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders Group I.
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Online Doc Browsing Groups and Communities in ALA Connect

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 11:31 pm

ALA Connect lists more than 1,300 ways to get involved with ALA, including more than 1,000 committees, 175 communities, 47 sections, 17 round tables, 11 divisions, and various Association-wide events. You can page through all of these options by clicking on the "Browse ALA Connect" menu at the top of every page in the upper left-hand corner.

ALA Connect lists more than 1,300 ways to get involved with ALA, including more than 1,000 committees, 175 communities, 47 sections, 17 round tables, 11 divisions, and various Association-wide events. You can page through all of these options by clicking on the "Browse ALA Connect" menu at the top of every page in the upper left-hand corner.

From within that menu, you can choose to browse all committees, all communities, all divisions, all events, all round tables, or all sections. You also have the option to browse by subject or to see just the newest groups added to the site. When browsing by subject, just click on the category name to expand the list of groups assigned to it.

If you're looking for a specific group, your best bet is to use the search box in the upper right-hand corner of every page. Although the search engine isn't perfect (we'll be improving it in phase two), it's probably easier than browsing through hundreds of listings.

If you can't find the group you're looking for, please contact us for help.

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Need some help understanding what's going on at this site or navigating around it? You've come to the right spot. We'll be adding a lot more help here in the coming days.

To get started, trying watching some of the video tutorials.

Feel free to join this group and ask questions on the discussion board or use the contact form. There's also a community dedicated to Improving ALA Connect where you can post specific feedback and suggestions.

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