ALA Connect Update & LIS EDU Community 3

From the ALA Marginalia Blog, Jenny Levine writes:

Just a quick note to say how happy we are about the response to ALA Connect. We’ve received many positive emails, tweets, and more about the site, but even better – folks are checking it out and using it. This can be difficult to see, as many working groups are not posting their content publicly, but we’re only a couple of weeks into this new endeavor, so we expect content in the working groups and communities will continue to grow, especially going into Annual Conference.

Here are some early numbers from the site’s first two weeks:

  • 1588 people have logged in (1395 ALA members + 193 non-ALA members)
  • # of new communities created by ALA members and staff: 22
  • # of posts: 124 total
  • # of online documents: 124 total
  • # of calendar events: 125 total
  • # of polls/votes: 14 total
  • # of discussions: 32 total
  • # of images: 24 total

So stuff is happening on the site – what’s happening in your groups?

Yesterday I took some time and explored the site, joined a group or two and created a community for LIS Educators and people interested in library schools:  This will also be my way of learning how things work within this blossoming online community. I posted a couple of discussion type things to see how it goes. Take a look. 🙂

Here’s my profile:

3 thoughts on “ALA Connect Update & LIS EDU Community

  • Candy Schwartz

    That’s a nice idea, but i think that non-ALA members cannot post, they can only read.

  • Candy Schwartz

    Whoops – sorry – I take that back – my registration wasn’t complete yet – so I have not fully tested

  • Jenny Levine

    Hi, Candy —

    Non-ALA members have full access to any community that is “open” (and we’ve had a couple hundred non-members join and do just that already). In addition, non-ALA members can comment on public content from any group, not just the ones they’ve joined.

    What you can’t do as a non-member:
    – See an ALA member’s committee, division, round table, and section affiliations
    – View committee rosters
    – Join the network and friend ALA members
    – Join the forthcoming mentoring network

    We have a long list of features we’ll be implementing over the next year, and most of them will be members-only, but non-members can fully participate in communities.

    If you have further questions about Connect, feel free to use the “contact us” form on the site or email me at

    See you on Connect!

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