New ALA Connect launches Aug. 31, current site ‘Gray-Out’ begins Aug. 10

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/02/2017


Pam Akins

Community Engagement Specialist


American Library Association

CHICAGO – ALA Connect, the online space where ALA groups collaborate, is being upgraded to a new and more flexible system that will be powered by Higher Logic. The launch is scheduled for Aug. 31.

ALA Connect gives communities of interest within the library profession the opportunity to connect, learn, express and engage on a variety of topics.

With the upgrade, ALA Connect will enhance the user experience with such features as a branded space where Divisions and Round Tables can communicate, search and collaborate.

Other new features will include a more stable platform, a more uniform system that will be easier to maintain and the ability to add features in the future such as badging and ribbons.

As part of the upgrade, to maintain the integrity of the information within our current system and transfer it to the new system, a “Gray-Out” period will occur, beginning Aug. 10 and ending on Aug. 31. During this time, users will not be able to make any edits or new posts to the system, although they will be able to view public content.

Beginning next week, ITTS will be providing information and updates on the upgrade. Materials will include weekly updates and reminders, links to short videos showcasing the new features and emails with tips and links to instructional videos.

If you have any questions, please feel free to view our videos or contact Pam Akins at