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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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Online Doc About ALA Connect

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 09:12 am

What is ALA Connect?

It's a centralized space where official ALA groups can work together online. In addition, it's a place where any member can create new communities (unofficial ALA groups) without any staff assistance, so the site combines association work with communities of interest in one place.

What is ALA Connect?

It's a centralized space where official ALA groups can work together online. In addition, it's a place where any member can create new communities (unofficial ALA groups) without any staff assistance, so the site combines association work with communities of interest in one place.

Every active ALA working group has a space in Connect automatically, because we've pre-populated it with data from our membership database (iMIS), and we synchronize roster information nightly, so we'll always know which committees you're on and which other official ALA groups you're part of.

Both ALA groups and communities use the same types of tools. By default, each one has discussions, online documents (like wiki pages), a file repository, polls, a calendar, a chat room, and an image gallery (think logos, pictures, etc.). There's no one "right" way to use Connect, and each group can use whichever of the tools it finds valuable.

Learn more about the tools available in Connect.

Non-members can create a free account, but they have more limited privileges. For example, they can't start new communities, view full member profiles, take advantage of networking opportunities, or join MentorConnect. They can, however, fully participate in any existing open communities and comment on public content in any group.

Because ALA knows a little bit about you if you're a member (if you're part of a division, how long you've been a member, what committees you've served on, etc.), we plan to help you pre-populate your profile with all of the great work you've done for ALA in your professional career. That way, if you decide you want to display your profile to colleagues, potential employers, or even publicly, we'll have created a curriculum vitae of all of your contributions. We really appreciate members' efforts, and we want to help others appreciate you, too, by letting you show off the great work you do.

You can read more about the history (and future) of ALA Connect on the ITTS Update blog, particularly in the Roadmap we maintain. If you have a specific question about the site or our goals for it, please feel free to post a question as a comment here, in the Discussion Forum for questions, or using our contact form. Don't forget to read through the user guidelines before you start posting content, but we hope to make your Connect experience as easy and practical as possible.

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Online Doc How to Create a Community in ALA Connect

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 01:31 pm
  1. Any ALA member can start a new community in ALA Connect.  

    To do this, use the "Start a new community" link in the "My Communities" block, in the upper left corner, when you're logged in. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the list within the block to see it.  We encourage you to check the list of current communities to make sure you're not reinventing the wheel

  1. Any ALA member can start a new community in ALA Connect.  

    To do this, use the "Start a new community" link in the "My Communities" block, in the upper left corner, when you're logged in. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the list within the block to see it.  We encourage you to check the list of current communities to make sure you're not reinventing the wheel

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  2. Fill in the "name" box with the title of the community you want to create. Don't worry about making mistakes, because you can always come back and edit any of your community's settings.

     

  3. Write a short description of your community that will appear on the "Browse ALA Connect communities" page.

     

  4. Pick one or more subject headings for your community. To choose more than one, hold down the key on your keyboard while selecting.

     

  5. If you want to display the headlines for an external site in your community's right-hand sidebar, enter the RSS feed of the site. This feature is optional, so don't worry if you don't have an RSS feed for the site or don't know what one is.

     

  6. Enter a short mission for your community that will help others decide if they want to join your community. The mission will appear in the middle of your community's home page.

     

  7. Decide how people can join your community. Your choices are:
    • Open: Any ALA member or non-member can join and leave your community. "Invite a friend" appears on this type of community.
    • Moderated: Any ALA member or non-member can request to join your community, but you'll have to approve the request. Community members can leave on their own. "Invite a friend" appears on this type of community.
    • Invite only: Admins must manually add members, but people can leave the community on their own. Despite its name, the "Invite a friend" option does not appear on this type of community.
    • Closed: No one can join or leave your community unless you manually add or remove them.

    Note that you can still have a moderated/invite only/closed community and still post public content that anyone can see. Conversely, you can have an open community that anyone can join but still post "protected" content to it that only the community's members can see.

     

  8. Decide if you want your group to be listed in the "Browse ALA Connect" categories. Leaving this box checked means other members have a better chance of finding your community while browsing subject headings. If you uncheck the box, you'll have to manually give others the URL for your community in order for them to see and join it.

     

  9. If you want your community to be completely closed and protected from view, you can check the box to make it a "private group." This means that only the members of your community will see the community and any content posted to it. Please note that ALA Connect admin staff will still be able to see your community and the content you post to it to make sure you're adhering to the user guidelines.

     

  10. If you want to include a logo or other image next to your community's mission, click on the "File attachments" link at the bottom of the page. This will open an area where you can browse your hard drive for that image.

     

  11. Once you've found the image and selected it, click on the "Submit" button to create your new community. If you encounter any problems along the way, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Please note that ALA staff members do receive an email notice for every new community created. While almost any topic related to ALA, libraries, librarians, library workers, library tools, or librarianship is considered acceptable, we do compare the title, description, and mission with the ALA Connect user guidelines to make sure the community adheres to the spirit of the site. Any inappropriate communities will be removed, and the community's creator may have their access to ALA Connect revoked.

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Online Doc Frequently Asked Questions about Comments in ALA Connect

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 09:34 pm
  1. Who can comment on something posted to an ALA group or member community?
    Anyone in the group/community can comment on anything posted to the group, whether the item is closed to the group only or is made available to the public. Keep in mind that comments you make today stay in the system even after you leave a particular committee or division, so act accordingly.

    Anyone with an ALA Connect login (ALA members and non-members who have created an account) can comment on any public content posted to any group.

     

  1. Who can comment on something posted to an ALA group or member community?
    Anyone in the group/community can comment on anything posted to the group, whether the item is closed to the group only or is made available to the public. Keep in mind that comments you make today stay in the system even after you leave a particular committee or division, so act accordingly.

    Anyone with an ALA Connect login (ALA members and non-members who have created an account) can comment on any public content posted to any group.

     

  2. How can I leave an anonymous comment?
    There is no way to leave a completely anonymous comment in ALA Connect. Users can create fake non-member accounts, log in, and leave a comment, but violations of our user guidelines will result in removal of the comment and deletion of the account that created it.

     

  3. Who can delete a comment?
    Only the group/community admins can delete comments. If you posted a comment you would like removed, contact a group admin to request this.
  4. Why can't I delete my own comments?
    See http://connect.ala.org/node/141120 for a discussion about this, but if a person deletes a comment, there's no way for us to save any replies to that comment. So if there was a threaded discussion in which someone replied to your comment, you'd be deleting your comment and someone else's without their permission. Since the permission to delete comments is an all-or-nothing proposition, we made a decision to not let one user delete another user's comment without permission.

     

  5. What constitutes an inappropriate comment?
    Anything that violates our user guidelines will be considered inappropriate and will be deleted from the site. A respectful, rousing debate that does not violate our guidelines, however, is perfectly fine and even encouraged.

     

  6. To whom should I report an inappropriate comment?
    The best and fastest way to get your concern addressed is to contact the group/community admin(s) and point them to the comment, along with details explaining why you think it's inappropriate.

    To find a group's admin, visit the group's home page in Connect and click on the number of members in the right-hand column. You should then see a list of all of the group's members, with admins listed first. Click on that person's picture to go to their profile, and then find the link to "Send [Name] a Message" underneath their picture.

  7. Don't see your question listed here? Contact us for an answer or leave a comment.
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Online Doc Frequently Asked Questions about Privacy in ALA Connect

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:39 am
  1. Can ALA members opt out of appearing in ALA Connect?
    Yes. On the ALA website, members have the ability to set a preference to not appear at all in ALA Connect. Members who do this will not appear in a search of the site but will also not have a login to access protected content on Connect.

     

  1. Can ALA members opt out of appearing in ALA Connect?
    Yes. On the ALA website, members have the ability to set a preference to not appear at all in ALA Connect. Members who do this will not appear in a search of the site but will also not have a login to access protected content on Connect.

     

  2. Who can see my contact information in ALA Connect?
    Only other members you have manually marked as a part of your network can see your phone number and email address. No other contact information is displayed to anyone, whether they're a member or not.

     

  3. What information appears about ALA members to the public?
    Only a member's name, the default ALA Connect profile picture, and links to recent public posts appear to anyone who has not logged in (eg, the public). If a member chooses to add a personalized picture, that picture will display to the public. If a member does not post any public content to ALA Connect, no links to recent posts will appear to the public.

    If you don't want your  name to appear in a public search, you should update your membership profile on the ALA website and check the preference to exclude yourself from appearing in ALA Connect. Note that this means you won't be able to log in to Connect, because we can't hide you while also letting you participate.

     

  4. What information about ALA members appears to other members?
    In addition to the full name, default profile picture, and links to public posts, an ALA member who is logged in can also see another member's organization, job title, ALA affiliations (committees, communities, divisions, round tables, and sections), and any additional information added by the first person. In other words, other members can see everything you see on your profile, except your email preferences and contact information.

     

  5. Can I change which information displays to the public?
    You can't change what appears to the public, because your name, the default profile picture, and a list of your public posts will always appear to anyone who is not logged in. However, if you don't upload a personalized picture, and you don't post any content marked "public," then only your name and default picture will be viewable by the public.

    Alternatively, you can choose not to appear in Connect at all by setting the "do not include me in ALA Connect" preference in your membership profile. Note that this means you won't be able to log in to Connect, because we can't hide you while also letting you participate. Note that this means you won't be able to log in to Connect, because we can't hide you while also letting you participate.

     

  6. Can I change which information displays to other members?
    There are two pieces of information on your profile that you can hide from other members. The first is the link that lets other members send you an email message (don't worry - they don't see your email address). You can hide this link by unchecking the "Personal contact form" box in the "Contact settings" block when you edit your profile.

    The second thing you can change is to hide your affiliation with an ALA community, division, round table, or section. To do this, go to the home page of the group with which you want to hide your affiliation and click on the "My community settings" link in the right-hand column. Then check the box to "Hide my membership to this group from others" and click on the "Submit" button. Doing this means the group will NOT show up on your profile, and you will not appear on the group's membership list.

    The one exception to this option is that you cannot hide your affiliation with an official ALA committee. This is because members cannot serve anonymously on ALA committees, as noted on the form all members receive when they accept ALA committee appointments.

     

  7. Can I hide one of my ALA affiliations from appearing on my profile?
    You can hide your affiliation with an ALA community, division, round table, or section. To do this, go to the home page of the group with which you want to hide your affiliation and click on the "My community settings" link in the right-hand column. Then check the box to "Hide my membership to this group from others" and click on the "Submit" button. Doing this means the group will NOT show up on your profile, and you will not appear on the group's membership list.

    The one exception to this option is that you cannot hide your affiliation with an official ALA committee. This is because members cannot serve anonymously on ALA committees, as noted on the form all members receive when they accept ALA committee appointments.

     

  8. Can I hide my participation on an ALA committee?
    No, you cannot hide your affiliation with an official ALA committee. This is because members cannot serve anonymously on ALA committees, as noted on the form all members receive when they accept ALA committee appointments.

     

  9. Who can send me messages through ALA Connect?
    By default, anyone logged in to Connect can send you messages through the site by clicking on the "Send [your name] a message." They won't see your email address, and they can't automate sending you messages.

    All ALA Connect participants must adhere to the user guidelines, which include common sense use of the "send email to..." feature. If you feel another member is abusing this particular feature, please contact us.

     

  10. Can I turn off the "Send email to me" feature on my profile?
    Yes, you can turn off the "Send email to me" feature by unchecking the "Personal contact form" box in the "Contact settings" block when you edit your profile.

     

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Online Doc Frequently Asked Questions about Creating a Community

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 02:10 pm
  1. What kinds of topics are acceptable for new communties in ALA Connect?
    Pretty much any topic that is in some way related to ALA, libraries, librarians, library workers, or librarianship. Connect is designed to let members discuss and work on issues of importance to them, and we don't want to put up any barriers to that. However, we do reserve the right to remove inappropriate groups that violate our user guidelines.

     

  1. What kinds of topics are acceptable for new communties in ALA Connect?
    Pretty much any topic that is in some way related to ALA, libraries, librarians, library workers, or librarianship. Connect is designed to let members discuss and work on issues of importance to them, and we don't want to put up any barriers to that. However, we do reserve the right to remove inappropriate groups that violate our user guidelines.

     

  2.  How do I create a new community?
    There's a separate document titled How to Create a Community in ALA Connect that has step-by-step instructions.

     

  3. Can I edit my community's settings later if I change my mind?
    Yes, you can modify your community's settings at any time. The only thing you won't be able to change after you create your community is its URL. You can edit everything else, though.

     

  4. How many people can join my community in Connect?
    We don't think there's a limit on the number of people who can join your community. There are more than 60,000 members in Connect, and some divisions have quite a large number of members (eg, ACRL). Let us know if you think you're running into any limits/problems, though.

     

  5. Can I create a community that anyone can join? 
    Yes, and in fact we encourage you to create open communities by selecting the "open" option for type of membership.

  6. Can I create a community that only a few select people can join?
    Yes, you can choose the "moderated," "invite only," or "closed" options when creating your community. "Moderated" means anyone can request to join, but you'll have to approve the request. "Invite only" means you'll have to manually add people to your community, but they'll be able to leave on their own. "Closed" means you'll have to add and remove all members of the community.

    Note that the "Invite a friend" link only appears on "open" and "moderated" communities.

    The ALAConnect Helpdesk will always be an admin for every community created. If you or your community's members need help at any point, feel free to contact the Helpdesk profile in your roster of members.

     

  7. Can I create a community that is completely hidden from everyone else?
    Yes. To create a community that is hidden from everyone but the members of the group, check the "private group" box when you're creating your community. Please note, though, that your community will not be listed in the "Browse ALA Connect" guide, and you cannot choose the "open" option for type of membership.

    The ALAConnect Helpdesk will always be an admin for every community created. If you or your community's members need help at any point, feel free to contact the Helpdesk profile in your roster of members.

     

  8. Can my community be listed under more than one category?
    Yes, you can list your community under as many categories as you like, although ALA reserves the right remove irrelevant or inappropriate subject headings from your group. To select more than one category, hold down the (Control) key when clicking on the names of the categories.

     

  9. Is ALA monitoring which new communities get created in ALA Connect?
    Yes, ALA staff members receive email notices whenever a new community is created, and we compare the title, description, and mission to the ALA Connect user guidelines to make sure the community adheres to the spirit of the site. ALA reserves the right to delete inappropriate groups that violate those guidelines and remove the community creator's access to ALA Connect.

     

  10. Can I delete my community?
    Yes, you can delete your community at any time by clicking on the "edit" tab on your group's home page, scrolling to the bottom, and clicking on the "delete" button. You will be prompted to make sure you really want to delete this community. To finalize the deletion, click on the "submit" button.

    Please note that deletions of communities are permanent, and they cannot be restored. Please consider the ramifications of your actions carefully before deleting a community. Really, we mean it will disappear from the face of the Earth forever.

     

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Online Doc Frequently Asked Questions about "Groups" in ALA Connect

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 01:26 pm
  1. What are "ALA groups?"
  2. What are "member communities?"
  3. What is the difference between "ALA groups" and "member communities?"
  4. How do I join an "ALA group?"
  5. How do I join a "member community?"
  6. How do I leave an "ALA group?"
  7. How do I leave a "member community?"
  8. Can I observe what an ALA group is doing without joining the group?
  9. I'm supposed to be part of a specific ALA group, but I can't access it or post anything to it. What do I do?
  10. Don't see your question listed here? Contact us for an answer.

  1. What are "ALA groups?"
    "ALA groups" are formal entities within ALA's structure and are represented in the ALA Handbook of Organization to coordinate and accomplish the work of the Association. These include committees, divisions, sections, round tables, task forces, and other working groups. In the context of ALA Connect, this also includes major events such as the Midwinter Meeting, Annual Conference, division conferences, national institutes, and other venues that participants pay money to attend.

    Another way to think of "ALA groups" is as any member affiliation we track in our membership database (known as "iMIS"). If you pay dues to join it, if you're elected or appointed to it, or if we otherwise track that you're part of something, then it's listed in our membership database and in turn, here in Connect as an "ALA group." Therefore, all active "ALA groups" have rosters, which display accurately, in real-time in Connect.

    As a committee member, you cannot leave a committee in ALA Connect. You first have to be removed from the committee's roster in our membership database. Please contact your committee's staff liaison to remove yourself from a committee.

    Divisions, sections, and round tables are also formal "ALA groups." You will appear as a member of one of these ALA groups in Connect if you have paid dues to join them. Continued membership in the division, section, or round table in Connect is dependent on renewing your membership with that group. You can renew your ALA membership on our website.

     

  2. What are "member communities?"
    "Member communities" are the opposite of formal "ALA groups." They're informal communities that anyone can join based on interest. They can be communities of practice dedicated to a specific topic (e.g., interlibrary loan, knitting, etc.) or they can be a loose collection of people who form their own personal learning network as needed on an ad-hoc basis (e.g., folks who want to learn about podcasting this month). There is no formal roster, and the group might live on forever or dissolve itself next year. It needs no formal approval from ALA, as long as it does not violate the User Guidelines.

    Any ALA member can start a new community. Please note that ALA does track new communities as they are created, but you can create ones for almost any topic as long as you don't violate our User Guidelines. ALA reserves the right to remove any communities that do not meet those guidelines.

     

  3. What is the difference between "ALA groups" and "member communities?"
    "ALA groups" are working groups or membership affiliations listed in the ALA Handbook of Organizations, while "member communities" are informal interest groups that members form outside of the formal structure of ALA. If you paid money to join it, it's an "ALA group." If you joined a loose community of members who just want to talk about a specific subject, it's probably a "member community." "ALA groups" have labels such as committee, division, event, section, and round table, while "member communities" are labeled as "community."

     

  4. How do I join an "ALA group?"
    Your membership in a committee, division, event, section, or round table comes from our membership database, not from Connect. If you want to join a committee, task force, or other working group, you need to volunteer and be appointed to it. To join a division, section, or round table, you need to formally join it and pay dues via our website. To join an event in Connect, you need to register for it via our website. Once your membership record is updated with your new affiliation, you will see it appear here in Connect when you log in. If you've joined a new ALA group and don't see it listed in Connect, try logging out of Connect and then logging in again. You should see your new group appear within one minute of logging in. If you encounter problems with this process, please don't hesitate to contact us.

     

  5. How do I join a "member community?"
    If the community is open to new members, you'll see a "Join" button in the right-hand column. If the group's owner has to approve your request to join, you'll see a "Request Membership" button in the right-hand column. Just click on that button and follow the prompts to send the group admin a request to join.

     

  6. How do I leave an "ALA group?"
    Because ALA Connect synchronizes information directly from ALA's membership database, you can't leave a formal "ALA group" from within Connect. If you no longer wish to be part of a committee, division, event, round table, section, or task force, contact the group's staff liaison or ALA's Customer Service Department. We have to change your status in the membership database, and then the change will appear in Connect.

     

  7. How do I leave a "member community?"
    ALA Connect's "member communities" don't synchronize with our membership database, because anyone can join them. If you visit a community's home page, you should see a link in the right-hand column that says, "Email preferences/Leave group." If you follow that link, you'll go to a page with an option to "Leave this Group."

     

  8. Can I observe what an ALA group or member community is doing without joining it?
    Yes! You can read and sometimes even comment on any material marked as "public" from any ALA group. You can observe the public output of the group by visiting the group's home page on a regular basis or subscribing to its RSS feed (look for the orange RSS icon example RSS icon width= at the bottom of the group's home page).

     

  9. I'm supposed to be part of a specific ALA group, but I can't access it or post anything to it. What do I do?
    Since your ALA affiliations come directly from our membership database, we'll need to check there to see what the problem is. Your best bet is to contact the group's admin as listed on the member roster (follow the link in the right-hand column of the group's home page). That person will be able to provide you with the most direct help, but if that doesn't work, feel free to contact us for further help.
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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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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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Online Doc Frequently Asked Questions about Searching ALA Connect

by ala-admin (non-member) on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 02:18 pm
  1. Why did my search for an ALA member come up with no results?
    There are a couple of reasons there may be no listing for someone you know is an ALA member. The first is that when you do a general search, results for members don’t automatically display. You have to click on the “Member search” tab to view results for a member search. So make sure you look at that tab to see if there are any results.
  1. Why did my search for an ALA member come up with no results?
    There are a couple of reasons there may be no listing for someone you know is an ALA member. The first is that when you do a general search, results for members don’t automatically display. You have to click on the “Member search” tab to view results for a member search. So make sure you look at that tab to see if there are any results.

    When you’re searching for a member, Connect searches first names, last names, usernames, and places of employment. If you typed in a full name and there were no results, try using the most unique part of the person’s name on its own.

    If you’re looking in the "members search" tab and there are still no results, the problem may be that the person you’re looking for has indicated in her profile that she does not want to be included in ALA Connect. Those members who have checked that preference cannot log in to Connect and are not included in the member search. Unfortunately, you’ll have to find a different way to contact that person.

  2. What gets searched when I type something in the search box?
    When you type a term in the search box, the software searches pretty much everything about a piece of content – the title, body, category, etc. So if you’re searching for a specific group, you’re actually better off searching in the “Browse ALA Connect" area where you can narrow your search to just titles of groups and communities. If you type something like “council” there, you’ll get all of the ALA groups that have that word in the title, whereas if you type that term in the general search box, you’ll get any piece of content that uses that word (posts, online documents, discussions, etc.).

    If you’re searching for a member, however, typing a person’s name in the search box will search for that word as first name, last name, username, and organization. However, there’s a problem right now that occurs when you search for a member using the general search box at the top of each page. When you see the search results (whether there’s one, none, or many), you have to click on the “Member search” tab to see the results for users. We know this is a problem, and we’ll be fixing this when we upgrade our software later this year.

    If you know you want to search for a member, you’re probably better off going directly to the member search box, as that will narrow your results set.

  3. Can I limit my search by type of content (e.g., post, online document, discussion, etc.)?
    You can’t limit a sitewide search to a particular type of content, but you can search an individual group or community that way. To do this, go to the group’s home page and in the right-hand sidebar, click on the type of tool you want to search.

    You’ll be taken to a page where you'll see the latest content of that type, but there will also be a search box that lets you narrow your results to just that type.

    You can also use the dropdown menu to the right of the search box to narrow your results to a different type of content within that same group.

  4. Can users who are not part of my closed group search for protected content from my group?
    No. Your group’s members can search all of your public and protected content, but the public and other ALA members can only search any public information your group has posted.

     

  5. Can public users search protected content from “closed” groups?
    No, public users can only search through public content, so anything your group has not made public cannot be searched or viewed by the public or other ALA members.

     

  6. What kinds of improvements are you planning for the search engine?
    Connect’s search engine does okay for basic searching, but it doesn’t do many of the things we want it to do. For example, it doesn’t tell you how many search results there are total, it doesn’t tell you how many results there are for different types of searches (number of posts, number of groups, number of members), etc.

    The software that Connect runs on is called Drupal, and we plan to upgrade to the latest version during later in 2009. Once we do that, we can upgrade and enhance the search engine, so this functionality will improve in time. Our hope is to customize the search results to make them more useful and offer more options for narrowing your search.

    In the meantime, if you’re trying to find something specific, and you’re not having much luck, please contact us and we’ll help.

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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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