ALA’s website provides ready access to ALA news, information, and tools and services. Over 200 members help build and maintain our web presence across this website plus more than 40 blogs, 170 electronic discussion groups, 50 Twitter feeds, and 20 Facebook pages. ALA units are also on Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace, del.icio.us, Ning, YouTube, and FriendFeed. Many hundreds more members contribute the content for these pages, building a knowledge base for the profession and gaining the recognition they deserve as subject specialists.
You can become a content provider or site editor and help frame the professional discussion. Each division and round table look for interested and talented writers and webmasters. And every division and round table’s publishing program is looking to cultivate new writers, thinkers and reporters. ALA Publishing, through Editions and American Libraries magazine, are interested in content and contributions from members. Take a look at your own interests and talents and follow the links below to get started as a content creator, yourself.
ALA Online Fast Facts:
- The ALA website averages more than 6 million site visits and about 19 million page views per year. Visitors come from 226 countries; however 87% are from the United States.
- The site is maintained by 80 staff members and 200 member-volunteers
- There are 40 gigabytes of content files available on the ALA website, with more than 30,000 new files (“assets”) added each year—including images, links, files, logos, documents, etc.
- Connect with librarians from around the world in ALA Connect – a centralized space where ALA groups can work together online and where any member can create a new community. ALA Connect provides tools for working together – posts, online documents, a calendar, polls, a chat room, a discussion board, and images (logos, pictures, etc.)
- The weekly newsletter, AL Direct, helps you stay up-to-date with summaries and links to news, announcements, and other information of interest to library and information science professionals.
- ALA units offer more than 40 blogs, 170 electronic discussion groups, 50 Twitter feeds, and 20 Facebook pages. ALA units are also on Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace, del.icio.us, Ning, YouTube, and FriendFeed.