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  • 1.  ALA Council Calendar location on ALA.org

    Posted Mar 16, 2022 12:25 PM
    I am looking for, and am unable to find, a calendar of Council  meetings on the ALA website that does not require a login to view. It appears that these pages used to exist, they all show up when I search for them, but the pages themselves are not available. I would like ALA to please put up a public page listing this information so that it can be viewed by people outside of ALA Connect. Or, if they are only going to be available on ALA Connect, make sure they are findable from the ALA.org website.

    Here is how I looked for these pages.

    1. Did a search at ALA.org for "council meetings" and this is my results list.

    2. Clicked on the top result which goes to a page that should have a meeting calendar. That page is a 404.

    3. Go up to the main Council page and click on "meeting calendar" in the sidebar. That leads to a different page which should have the meeting calendar but that page leads to a 403  which says it's either unpublished or access is controlled.

    The Council meeting calendar should be public and as easy to access as possible. I would like ALA staff to please consider at least adding a link to wherever the meeting calendar is to both of these non-pages. Thank you.

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    Jessamyn West
    Chapter Councilor - Vermont
    she/her
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  • 2.  RE: ALA Council Calendar location on ALA.org

    Posted Mar 23, 2022 03:15 PM

    Dear Jessamyn,

    Due to the uptick in Zoom-bombing attacks, governance meeting log-in information is being provided to ALA members only to ensure meeting environments are safe. Council meetings along with other Governance meetings, can be found in this one central location on the website, https://www.ala.org/aboutala/ala-governance-meetings" title="https://www.ala.org/aboutala/ala-governance-meetings" href="https://www.ala.org/aboutala/ala-governance-meetings" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" tabindex="-1">https://www.ala.org/aboutala/ala-governance-meetings. For convenience, we are adding a direct log-in link for members wishing to connect from this site. Log-in links will be provided once they are made available. In addition, Council Secretariat Marsha Burgess mburgess@ala.org will ensure that Council Meetings and its information are communicated well in advance to Councilors.

    If you have additional concerns, please let us know.



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    Sheryl Reyes
    American Library Association
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  • 3.  RE: ALA Council Calendar location on ALA.org

    Posted Mar 23, 2022 09:21 PM
    Edited by Jessamyn West Mar 23, 2022 09:21 PM
    That makes sense. However the message that people see when they try to see the content on that page is misleading at best. I'm aware this may not be a thing under your control, but just letting people know "Hey you have to log in to see this content" might make more sense.

    As it is, people click a link in the sidebar of the ALA website, a site I think most of us do not log into, and see this.



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    Jessamyn West
    Chapter Councilor - Vermont
    she/her
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