Spectrum Community Guidelines


Suggested Participation Guidelines

  • Be Yourself
    To frame your perspectives, it's useful to include information about you.  For instance include your name, affiliation, phone number, location, etc in spaces such as email lists where this information will be helpful to other participants. 
  • Think About Your Audience
    Sharng is encouraged.  Spectrum is a large and diverse community, respect for all viewpoints is the rule not the exception.  Note that you are building a personal brand through your participation in these spaces, evaluate which space makes the most sense for the iinformation you would like to convey.  
  • Be Courteous in Emails
    When responding to a message from the list please check the "to:" field to determine whether your message is addressed to the whole list, or just the sender of the message. Messages such as "thanks for the information" or "can you send to me, too" should be addressed to individuals--not to the entire list. Use Subject Lines.  Delete Extra Text in your message.  To request a daily digest, or unsubscribe or remove yourself from a list, please log in to the http://lists.ala.org to manage your own ALA subscriptions or contact spectrum@ala.org.  All administrative requests should be sent to the listserve administrator and not to the list.

The following are the rules and conditions of participation in Spectrum Community Spaces:
By participating in these spaces, you hereby agree to be bound by and warrant your full compliance with the following rules and conditions.

  1. Nothing Illegal
    Subscribers are not permitted to post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, derogatory, or illegal information or material.
  2. No Stealing Intellectual Property
    Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner; to use any words, logos or other marks that would infringe upon the trademark, service mark, certification mark, or other intellectual property rights of the owners of such marks without the permission of such owners, or to post confidential information or any information that would infringe upon the proprietary, privacy or personal rights of others.
  3. Accountability
    Do not post anything in a community space that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. Use caution as these are professional spaces. 
  4. Opinions Expressed May Not Be Accurate
    ALA does not generally monitor these spaces for inappropriate postings, and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. ALA does not guarantee the accuracy of material shared on community spaces and does not necessarily endorse opinions expressed.
  5. Consequences For Misuse
    In the event that any inappropriate posting or unauthorized use occurs within a community and is brought to ALA's attention, including but not limited to prohibited posting and usage as outlined herein, ALA will take all appropriate action, in its sole discretion. ALA reserves the right to terminate, without prior notice, the access of any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Be Honest, Professional and Constructive
The discussions in our community spaces are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. We encourage you to openly share your opinions and perspectives, while being professional, and courteous of others. Honesty and frankness are important, especially when accompanied by constructive analysis and problem-solving.

  1. Contributions May Be Reproduced
    Remember that other participants have the right to forward and reproduce postings to these spaces.
  2. This Document Can Change
    This policy is subject to change depending upon the needs and requirements of ALA and the community participants.

Agreement to these terms

Participation in these voluntary spaces implies acceptance of these terms. Thank you for being aware of this agreement and for being a valuable and courteous contributor!