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  • 1.  App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 07, 2022 10:26 AM
    Is there an app with the schedule for ALA Annual or is the website the only option? I'm having a difficult time navigating the schedule on my phone, so I have my fingers crossed that there might be something else that I can put on my phone to know what's going on.


    Leslie Flynn
    Library Associate
    Austin Public Library

  • 2.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 07, 2022 10:35 AM
    Hello, Leslie,

    Yes, there will be an ALA Annual Mobile App that will include the conference schedule.   We're finalizing all of the details and will announce very soon that it is available for download.

    Thank you,

    ALA Conferences
    American Library Association

  • 3.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 07, 2022 02:25 PM
    Donna, will we be able to add our personal appointments, as we've been able to do in the past?  If that option is available on the website, I'm not seeing it. It's a really useful tool so we don't have to keep up with two schedules.


    Carol Coffey
    Patron Experience and Library Analytics Coordinator
    Central Arkansas Library System

  • 4.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 08, 2022 07:46 AM
    Carol-- I had the same concern when I started using the scheduler.  The software for this one seems to be different from what they have used in the past.
    After you have "favorited" the sessions you want to attend, you click on the option to show your personal schedule.  Once you are on that page, you will be given the option to add personal sessions.

    John DeSantis
    Interim Head of Metadata Services
    Dartmouth College
    Hanover, NH

  • 5.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 08, 2022 09:05 AM
    Edited by Carol Coffey Jun 08, 2022 09:06 AM

  • 6.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 08, 2022 09:14 AM

    Hi, Carol-once you've logged on, you should see your name (Carol C.) at the top right of the screen.  If you click on the drop-down arrow and choose "My Activities", it will bring you to a screen with six large icons.  Click on the one marked "My Schedule".  Then you should see every session that you have marked as a favorite.  At the top right of the schedule is a green bar marked "Add Personal Appointment".

    John DeSantis
    Interim Head of Metadata Services
    Dartmouth College
    Hanover, NH

  • 7.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 08, 2022 09:17 AM
    Thanks, John, I finally found it right after I sent the previous message. It's not exactly obvious. I appreciate your help.



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  • 8.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 08, 2022 09:49 AM
    You can add personal appointments using the website version now. I had to put in a help ticket with Cadmium, the company, yesterday. Use the drop menu next to your name after you login to go to your activities and then pick your schedule to get to the page with the options to add personal appointments and to export your favorites to pdf, email, or calendar.
    Lauren Corbett  
    Director of Resource Services, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
    Wake Forest University
    336-758-6136               ISNI: 0000 0003 5170 369X

  • 9.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 09, 2022 11:54 AM
    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to point out the Cadmium privacy policy, which I find invasive and not really in keeping with the work we do as library workers dedicated to protecting privacy.
    Here's a quote from it:
    We may post content on our Website that you have posted at other websites, e.g., Google ("User Content"). You agree to and do hereby grant us a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and worldwide right to Use, modify, and perform any User Content we post to our Website. The term "Use" includes, but is not limited to, use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and make derivative works of the content.

    And here's a link to the entire policy:

    A couple of years ago I expressed my concern to various folks at ALA, but it doesn't look like it made a difference.
    Julie Winkelstein

    Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS
    Librarian, writer, teacher, activist
    Author: Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide (
    Co-editor, ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) newsletter

    My pronouns are she, her, hers

  • 10.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 09, 2022 10:53 PM
    I absolutely agree, Julie, and I've pushed back a bit about this earlier.  Some parts are particularly worrisome and...well, weird, since we're talking about registering for a conference of our own professional association:

    You consent to our disclosure of your Personal Information and other information to a potential buyer or other successor for the purpose of considering a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or sale or transfer of some or all of our assets

    So if Cadmium is negotiating a sale, our personal information is part of the sale marketing.

    They can keep our personal information for as long as the account is active.  I'm not certain if that means an account associated with a particular meeting, or our ongoing relationship with ALA (in my case, going back to 1974, so for younger members, this extends a long way into the future).

    We can opt out, by providing Cadmium with information including email address.  That might seem straightforward, but a few years ago, when I was employed at NIH, I tried to do this.  Several attempts to replicate the particular form of my email address which had been used by the library administrative office for my registration--all valid addresses--came up with failures to match.  I finally gave up because my creativity was exhausted.

    Best wishes,

    Pam Sieving

    Pamela C. Sieving, MA, MS, AHIP (dist.)
    734 717-6006 (cell)

    1100 Teneighth Way
    Sacramento, California 95818

  • 11.  RE: App for ALA Annual?

    Posted Jun 11, 2022 08:17 PM
    None of these "requirements" is particularly a surprise. I typically use a unique, disposable email address and a Google Voice phone number when using services like this. These efforts minimize the bother, but don't necessarily boost privacy.

    The unique email address lets me see how future emailers have procured my information, and the particular GV number I use is one I very rarely speak on.

    There are good reasons for some of these terms (if the firm is sold then everything continues to operate because they have the right to use the data). Of course, the TOS is likely so broad that their use of the information can be well outside servicing the use that ALA has purchased.

    I would be very surprised if there were many third-party options for this sort of service that don't have similar terms. ALA could, of course, build their own, but this is likely costlier than other options (and requires ongoing maintenance).

    SO: I'm unsure what the answer is.

    Henry Mensch