Web Advisory Committee: Recommendation about the Use of ALA Connect
The Web Advisory Committee (WAC) is a standing committee of the American Library Association (ALA). One key duty of the WAC is to advise the association on priorities and strategies that promote utilization and continued development of the ALA website.
In Spring 2009, ALA introduced ALA Connect, a new section of the ALA website. Fulfilling our mission of advising the ALA on website issues, the Web Advisory Committee strongly urges all ALA organized groups and ALA members to take advantage of the ALA Connect service.
ALA Connect replaces the Online Communities service that ALA previously offered as a virtual, collaborative, workspace online. ALA Connect is a centralized space where official ALA “groups” can work together online. In addition, any member can create new “communities” (unofficial ALA groups) without any staff assistance, so the site will combine association work with communities of interest in one place.
Whether you participate in a “group” for an official committee, roundtable, section or divisional activity, or whether you engage with one of the other unofficial “communities” that become available, you have a number of tools with which to work together. By default, each one has blog posts, online documents (like wiki pages), a calendar, polls, a chat room, a discussion board, and images (logos, pictures, etc.). The group can use any or all of the tools it finds valuable.
ALA Connect should be your primary workspace for committee work, for information and for networking within the ALA organization.
All official ALA organizations and committees have a page in ALA connect. To visit yours go to connect.ala.org and log in with your ALA website username and password. The Web Advisory Committee is committed to using the new Connect space to carry on the work of our committee and our task-oriented subgroups. Collaboration on this document has been done using ALA Connect.
You can learn more about:
* about ALA Connect at http://connect.ala.org/about
* video tutorials are available at http://connect.ala.org/taxonomy/term/9427
* have questions? get help at http://connect.ala.org/help
* the role of the Web Advisory Committee at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/itts/website.cfm
We look forward to seeing you soon on ALA Connect!
ALA Web Advisory Committee
Michael Stephens, Chair