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Frequently Asked Questions about Privacy in ALA 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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