Use Events to create items that can be added to an ALA event calendar. See the "Best Practices for Calendar & Events" section below for more details.

To create an Event, follow these steps:

  1. Log in and click the “Content” link in the admin menu.
  2. Click the “+ Add content” link.
  3. Click the “Event” link.
  4. Enter the header for the page in the “Title” field.
  5. Enter date information.
  6. Enter your text content for location information into the “Location” area.
  7. Enter the website URL in the “External Link” area.
  8. Enter your text content into the “Additional Information” area. For more on formatting your text, review the formatting content section.
  9. Enter required metadata from the “Metadata” tab. See the ALA Metadata section for more details.
  10. Select “ALA Units” you’d like to tag as associated with your Event.
  11. Select the terms, you’d like to tag as associated with your Event content from the “Taxonomies” tab. See the Using Taxonomies section for more details.
  12. Click “Save” at the bottom of the page.

Best Practices for Calendar & Events

  • ALA and division conferences, pre-conferences, institutes, symposia and other events, whether face to face or virtual, should be added to the calendar. Individual conference event items (e.g. specific classes or sessions) should not be added.
  • Deadlines for scholarships, awards, and other processes should be added.
  • Only one 'reminder' per deadline is allowed, and reminders should be set 2-4 weeks out. ("Early bird registration for [title] closes in 2 weeks!)
  • Always use the URL option to send calendar viewers to a page with more information about your event.
  • Library related non-ALA events may be added to the calendar, but must be tagged non-ALA so that they can be filtered.
  • Calendar should not be used for Online Learning or recordings. Please use other established methods to promote those activities.

Tagging Notes

  • All ALA office, division, and round table events must tag their event with the ALA Events tag from the Event Type taxonomy, as well as all other relevant tags.
  • Pre-conferences should be tagged with the Pre-Conference tag and may optionally also be tagged with the Conference tag.
  • To make it possible to have fewer taxonomies, the tags for Affiliates, Chapters, and Related Groups & Organizations are located in the ALA Units taxonomy.
  • Use the Member Leader tag in Audiences for events of interest to or required of member-leaders.
  • When an item will be of interest only to ALA staff, such as project or other deadlines, use the internal ALA tag.