Getting Started with ALA Connect

Getting Started with ALA Connect

Here you will find instruction on how to do some basic tasks in ALA Connect.

Manage Privacy

Select who sees what on your profile across the site using these steps:

  1. Sign In and navigate to your profile. ( You can use the Avatar at the top right of any page in Connect once you login).
  2. Select the My Account tab on the profile page
  3. Select Privacy Settings from the drop down list
  4. Select from the four (4) options for each of the fields what users can view any field in the list: Public, ALA Members, Your Contacts, or Only Me

To view a short video on this, click here.

Manage Email Notifications

Select the frequency or opt out for any of your Connect groups using these steps:

  1. Sign In to connect.ala.org and navigate to your profile. (You can use the Avatar at the top right of any page in Connect once you login).
  2. Select Community Notifications from the My Account tab.
  3. Use the dropdown to the left of each community name to select the notification preference.

You can also set override or alternate email addresses to your account here, if you want to receive notifications other than your primary email address.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Join A Community

Join a community. 

  1. Sign In to connect.ala.org and navigate to the community home page you want to join.
  2. If you are eligible, the blue Join Community will appear.  Select it.
  3. Once you confirm notification frequency, the community content will be available to you.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Leave A Community

Remove yourself completely from a community. 

  1. Sign In to connect.ala.org, navigate to your profile. (You can use the avatar next to your name at the top).
  2. Under My Account, select Community Notifications. This will give you the full list of links to all of your communities in ALA Connect. (Scroll down on the screen to see the list).
  3. Select the title of the Community you want to remove, to navigate you to that community’s home page.
  4. Select the Settings button to reveal the Leave Community button.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Find People

Use the Directory menu on any landing page, visible to logged in users, will enable search for people in Connect.  Note: Public users can NOT search the directory, although they can see the roster of any groups they have access to. 

Conduct Basic Search

  1. Select the Directory from any landing page in ALA Connect (Divisions and Round Tables have filtered Directories on their pages which can be found using the blue fly-out menus at the top left of the Connect home page)
  2. Fill in any criteria (First Name, Last Name, Email, etc.) to limit results.  Note: Although none of the fields are required you must enter something in at least one field. 
  3. Select any of the results to send a message or connect request to that person.  Click the name to view their profile.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Conduct Advanced Search

  1. Sign In and select the Directory from any landing page in ALA Connect.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. Select from the drop downs or scroll to the Interests to select criteria to find individuals in Connect.  Note: The radio buttons default to an OR/ANY but you can further restrict the search by selecting the ALL radio button at the top of each criteria category.
  4. Select Search button.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Find My Groups (Committees and/or Communities that I belong to)

Sign In to Connect. The system will give you quick access to a list of your groups in a variety of ways:

Find My Groups Using Communities Menu

  • My Committees returns a list of committees to which you belong.
  • My Divisions returns a list of Divisions to which you belong.
  • My Round Tables returns a list of Round Tables to which you belong.
  • My ALA Committees returns a list of your ALA official working groups
  • My ALA Communities returns a list of your ALA groups of interests
  • All Communities returns a list of every group that you have permission to view.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Find my Groups Using Communities Button

  1. Select the avatar or picture next to your name at the top of any Connect page.
  2. Select the Communities button in the resulting popup.
  3. The results are a list of every group you are currently an admin or member of.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Find Groups from any Profile

  1. Navigate to yours (or any) profile.
  2. Select the Connections tab.
  3. The results are a list of every group you (or the profile you are viewing) are currently a member or admin of.

To view a short video on this, click here.

Coming Soon: Tip Sheets.

Upload Files 

Files can be uploaded to Connect using Create a Library Entry (or  by attaching files to a discussion post).  Although a direct upload to a Library Entry will not send a message to the community, you will be able to place the file in the folder upon upload, and arrange the file order. 

Upload to My Community or Committee

  1. Sign In to ALA Connect at https://connect.ala.org
  2. Navigate to your group home page. Select the Library tab.
  3. Select the Create New Library Entry button. 
  4. In the resulting window, name the Library Entry and complete the description fields. Select Standard File Upload in the Choose Type field. Select the Next button.
  5. Choose the files you want to include in the upload.  There are several options on the left side of the page or you can click the Choose button in the center of the page to navigate to the files you need to upload.
  6. In the resulting window, select the files. Select the Upload button.
  7. In the resulting window, confirm that the files were included. Select the Next button to rearrange the files using drag and drop or select the Finish button.
  8. Once the upload is complete, use the Actions button to get the permanent link to post to a discussion to alert the community members that the files are available.  See Post Discussion for how to attach a file to a Discussion post.

    Upload to My Entire Division or Round Table

    1. Sign In to ALA Connect at https://connect.ala.org
    2. Navigate to your division home (AASL, ACRL, ALCTSALSC, ASCLA, LITA, LLAMA, PLA, RUSA, United for Libraries, or YALSA.) or Round Table home community.  Note: you must be a member of the round table or division to post to all members of that divisions. Select the Library tab.
    3. Select the Create New Library Entry button. 
    4. In the resulting window, name the Library Entry and complete the description fields. Select Standard File Upload in the Choose Type field. Select the Next button.
    5. Choose the files you want to include in the upload.  There are several options on the left side of the page or you can click the Choose button in the center of the page to navigate to the files you need to upload.
    6. In the resulting window, select the files. Select the Upload button.
    7. In the resulting window, confirm that the files were included. Select the Next button to rearrange the files using drag and drop or select the Finish button.
    8. Once the upload is complete, use the Actions button to get the permanent link to post to a discussion to alert the community members that the files are available.  See Post Discussion for how to attach a file to a Discussion post.

    Upload to ALL ALA Members

    1. Sign In to ALA Connect at https://connect.ala.org
    2. Navigate to ALA Members.  Note: you must be an ALA member to post to all ALA members. Select the Library tab.
    3. Select the Create New Library Entry button. 
    4. In the resulting window, name the Library Entry and complete the description fields. Select Standard File Upload in the Choose Type field. Select the Next button.
    5. Choose the files you want to include in the upload.  There are several options on the left side of the page or you can click the Choose button in the center of the page to navigate to the files you need to upload.
    6. In the resulting window, select the files. Select the Upload button.
    7. In the resulting window, confirm that the files were included. Select the Next button to rearrange the files using drag and drop or select the Finish button.
    8. Once the upload is complete, use the Actions button to get the permanent link to post to a discussion to alert the community members that the files are available.  See Post Discussion for how to attach a file to a Discussion post.

    Post Discussions

    1. Select the Discussions tab from the community home page. In the resulting display select Post New Message. OR from the home page of any group you belong to, select the Add button, in the Latest Discussions block.
    2. Fill in the Subject field.
    3. Type in (or post unformatted text) to the Body field of the discussion. Use the HTML editor to add links,  images, formatting as needed.
    4. Adjust your signature, if needed
    5. Add any attachments.
    6. Post message.  This will generate an email notification to all of the members of the community.  Any attachments will be saved into a Library Entry under the Library tab (in case you need to edit the attachments).

    Coming soon: Tip Sheets and More Videos

    Upcoming LIVE Remote sessions can be found:  Upcoming Sessions

    ALA Connect: Engage. Learn. Grow.