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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 ALA Connect Two-Year Report (April 2011)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

ALA Connect experienced a major milestone at the beginning of April 2011 when it turned two-years old. To monitor Connect's progress, here's the report summarizing statistics and usage.

Overall, Connect usage is consistent, and I think the numbers show that the majority of active groups and committee members are now using the site.

ALA Connect experienced a major milestone at the beginning of April 2011 when it turned two-years old. To monitor Connect's progress, here's the report summarizing statistics and usage.

Overall, Connect usage is consistent, and I think the numbers show that the majority of active groups and committee members are now using the site.

ALA Connect Two-Year Report (April 2011)   View more documents from American Library Association.

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Discussion 2011 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler Report (July 2011)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

ALA Connect and the new servers valiantly weathered a huge spike in usage due to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. In addition to the normal increase in group work posted to the site, we also saw a lot more non-committee members and non-ALA members log in during May and June because of the newly integrated Conference Scheduler. So far, feedback on the Scheduler has been very positive.

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for ALA Connect.

ALA Connect and the new servers valiantly weathered a huge spike in usage due to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. In addition to the normal increase in group work posted to the site, we also saw a lot more non-committee members and non-ALA members log in during May and June because of the newly integrated Conference Scheduler. So far, feedback on the Scheduler has been very positive.

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for ALA Connect.

 

2011 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler Report

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Discussion Session handouts/Presentation Slides

by Beth Ebenstein Mulch (non-member) on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 07:45 am

I'm trying to find the session handouts that are supposed to be added to the conference scheduler.  The twitter feed said it would be added to a comments section but I cannot find this.  Thanks for any help!

Discussion What Can I Do on ALA Connect?

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 03:44 pm

Here's a quick list of things ALA members can do on ALA Connect.

  • Log in using your ALA website username and password to personalize ALA Connect.

     

  • Once you're logged in, you should be able to easily access any committees, divisions, round tables, and sections with which you're affiliated. Check out that "My ALA Groups" dropdown menu near the top of the page.

     

Here's a quick list of things ALA members can do on ALA Connect.

  • Log in using your ALA website username and password to personalize ALA Connect.

     

  • Once you're logged in, you should be able to easily access any committees, divisions, round tables, and sections with which you're affiliated. Check out that "My ALA Groups" dropdown menu near the top of the page.

     

  • We've pre-populated Connect with the more than 1,500 active groups from our membership database, so if you work with one of them, or if you want to post information to any of your groups, you can go to its home page and use the tools in the right-hand column. Click on the question mark in the corner of the tools box to learn more about each one.

     

  • Want to do something less formal than "the work of the Association" right now? Find a community to join or start a new one. You get the same tools, and the content is totally up to you. Just make sure you read through our user guidelines before getting started.

     

  • Curious to know if your friends are in Connect? With 62,000+ people here, it's a good bet the answer is yes. Use the member search to find them. When you're viewing another member's profile, there's an option underneath their picture to add them to your network. Start building your professional network now, because we'll start connecting you more closely to what your friends are doing. For example, if you create a conference schedule, you can see which of the people in your network are attending a particular session.

     

  • While you're at it, make sure you fill out your own profile. This will help other members recognize and get to know you. If you're concerned about privacy and want to fully understand the options available to you, read through Frequently Asked Questions about Privacy in ALA Connect.

     

  • Lastly, you might also want to consider turning on email from those groups you wouldn't mind receiving email from (like committees). To do that, go to the group's home page and click on "My subscriptions" in the right-hand column. Then click on the "enable" option and then the "submit" button. For step-by-step instructions, check out How to Set Your Email Preferences in ALA Connect.

If you're not an ALA member, you're welcome here, too. You can register on the site to create a Connect account that lets you join any open community and comment on any public content.

Whether you're an ALA member or not, if you have further questions about Connect, feel free to browse through the help community, ask questions by leaving comments, or contact us. We love feedback!

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Discussion Help Us Test Connect Chat!

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 03:01 pm

We're working towards restoring Connect chat the first week in June (after Memorial Day), but we want to do some load testing first to see how it scales in the new hosting environment.

We're working towards restoring Connect chat the first week in June (after Memorial Day), but we want to do some load testing first to see how it scales in the new hosting environment.

We'd like to run a test with 40-50 people on Friday, May 20, at 1:00 pm Central time. If you'll be free during that time to log in to Connect, go to a yet-to-be-named URL, and test the chat feature, please leave a comment here or email me at jlevine [at] ala.org. If you can recruit coworkers or colleagues, all the better. The test should only last for 15-20 minutes, long enough for us to see how the service runs with that many people hitting a chat room at the same time.

Thanks!
Jenny

 

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Discussion New Twitter Account for ALA Connect

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 02:27 pm

I've created a new Twitter account at http://twitter.com/alaconnect to post news, announcements, answers, and fun notices about Connect. If you run into problems or have questions about Connect, feel free to tweet us there in addition to the help options available on Connect.

Discussion ALA Connect Roadmap

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

Curious about what we have in store for ALA Connect in the future? Lots.

Take a look at our Roadmap (114KB, PDF) to learn about what we have planned in phases two, three, and beyond. This document was originally written in February 2009. Future development includes a new event planner for ALA conferences, a Craig's List-like exchange, a mentoring network, integration of our Continuing Education Clearinghouse, and more.

Discussion Midwinter 2011 Conference Scheduler Report

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Although we had some server downtime in the run up to Midwinter, the response we received to the Scheduler itself has been overwhelmingly positive.

To help assess usage of it and study behavior around the sessions themselves, we’ve posted a summary report at http://connect.ala.org/node/128778.

We have big plans for phase 2 of the Annual Scheduler, so please continue to submit your feedback and suggestions.

Discussion Conference Scheduler Update

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

As you might guess, we saw a surge of usage on Monday (January 3) when many (most?) attendees started creating their schedules for Midwinter. In fact, there were so many simultaneous users that the server got bogged down again and pageloads were pretty slow.

As you might guess, we saw a surge of usage on Monday (January 3) when many (most?) attendees started creating their schedules for Midwinter. In fact, there were so many simultaneous users that the server got bogged down again and pageloads were pretty slow.

The reason for this is that everyone's trying to load all 1,137 sessions in the "all sessions" view, along with their recommendations, priorities, and the status of the "add/added" button on every session. Even though Connect is running on a brand new server with dual Intel processors, faster hard drives, and 16GB of RAM, that's still a lot for it to try to do while also maintaining the rest of Connect's group-based services (which are also seeing heavier usage because of Midwinter).

In order to speed things up so that attendees could create schedules, we ended up having to disable the "add/added" button, priority icons, and recommendation stars on the browse/search pages that list sessions. They still appear on the "my schedule" and "my recommended sessions" pages, but you'll have to go to an individual session to add or prioritize it, as well as change the priority on it. I'm really sorry we had to do this - it's killing me - but we couldn't make major changes to the code and the interface this close to Midwinter and guarantee that no bugs would creep up.

Since we know Annual will have hundreds more sessions and probably three times as many users, we're planning some major infrastructure upgrades for this spring so that this doesn't happen again.

Please let me know if you have questions about how to do something in the Scheduler.

Sorry,
Jenny

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Discussion Make your Connect Calendar update your Facebook Page calendar, Google calendar, etc

by David Vess on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 01:04 pm

Hi Kids,

Anyone out there have experience with this? I'm looking at the GLBTRT's Connect calendar. I was hoping there would be an .ics file I could point the nifty FaceBook tool, "iCalendar to Event" to, but there is only an RSS feed.

iCalendar to Event:

GLBTRT Connect Calendar feed:

Since the Connect Cal feed appears to not be in an xml calendar format/standard , I'm not sure how to ever smoothly import this info in a calender like FB Events Cal or even Google Cal.

Hi Kids,

Anyone out there have experience with this? I'm looking at the GLBTRT's Connect calendar. I was hoping there would be an .ics file I could point the nifty FaceBook tool, "iCalendar to Event" to, but there is only an RSS feed.

iCalendar to Event:
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GLBTRT Connect Calendar feed:
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Since the Connect Cal feed appears to not be in an xml calendar format/standard , I'm not sure how to ever smoothly import this info in a calender like FB Events Cal or even Google Cal.

The idea is to enter info into the ALA Connect Cal and then have the Events info populate to our FB Page Events tab.

I'm prolly missing something . .

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