As more groups are making the transition from the old Sympa platform into Connect, we're continuing our series of protips with a one I've been getting questions about recently: how to manage your privacy/visibility on the platform. (Previously: How to use My Networks
, How to use the Library's Folder View
, Using Real Time or Weekly notifications to customize your experience
, How to use ALA Connect as a mailing list
; How to organize your Connect Library
; How to update your ALA profile within Connect
ALA Connect gives you control over the visibility of every piece of information in your profile. You can manage these settings by choosing Privacy Settings in the My Account tab of your profile. Then, choose whether you'll show in Connect's member directory and individually select the visibility of your information.
Then, choose whether you'll show in Connect's member directory and individually select the visibility of your information.
What the options mean:
- Only Me: Only you can view the information
- My Contacts: Only your contacts can view it
- Members Only: Anyone who can log in can view, which includes non-ALA members who have created free Connect accounts
- Public: Anyone with a link to your profile can view, without joining the site or logging in
You can see the full default settings at https://connect.ala.org/faq#defaultprivacy, but here's a summary.
Publicly visible by default:
- Your name
- Your profile photo
- The organization where you work
Visible only to you by default:
- Your mailing address
- Your phone numbers
- Your email address
- Your ethnicity
The rest is visible to other logged-in users by default.
Finally, don't forget to save your settings once you're finished updating them!
The attached PDF provides this information in another format. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Community Engagement Manager
American Library Association