Discussion Forum Guidelines

Share tips, ask questions, get advice, and more with electronic discussion groups hosted by United for Libraries. When you send an e-mail to a discussion group, it is automatically sent to all subscribers, and their e-mails are sent to your e-mail. Messages are automatically archived for future searching. Participants agree to abide by a few simple guidelines:

  • The electronic discussion group is an information forum for those wishing to seek and share best practices.
  • Personal, group, or statewide group membership is required for participation.
  • All participants are to be treated with courtesy.
  • Commercial solicitation and/or spam is prohibited.

Posting to Electronic Discussion Groups

To start a discussion, send an email to the list. Please use an appropriate subject line so readers have an idea of what your message is about. Other electronic discussion group members can then reply to your message and everyone on the electronic discussion group will receive the response to continue the discussion. Please note that this electronic discussion group is moderated to reduce spam. United for Libraries staff members check emails evenings, weekends, and holidays to ensure messages are released to the electronic discussion group in a timely manner. Please note also that as a default setting of your subscription you will not receive a copy of the message that you send to be posted. If you wish to receive a copy of your own messages, please see the next section on managing your subscription.

Managing Your Electronic Discussion Group Subscriptions

To manage your subscription to the United for Libraries electronic discussion groups and any other ALA electronic discussion group, visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa. On your first visit to Sympa select the option, "First login?" when you click "Login" in the upper right corner of the screen. Once you log in you can change the address to which you receive electronic discussion group messages, change your settings to digest format (a single daily email with all messages posted that day), and search the archives. You can also change the default setting to receive a copy of messages that you send to be posted.

Searching the Archives

To read the archives of the United for Libraries electronic discussion groups you must login to Sympa, the electronic discussion group management website. Visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa. lick on "Login" in the upper right corner of the screen. If you have a username/password, enter both and click "Go." If this is your first time logging into Sympa, click "First login?" and follow the instructions. Once you have gained access to Sympa, select the option for "My Lists" and find the list for which you would like to search archives.

Additional Help

If you have any questions about the electronic discussion group or experience difficulty, please email united@ala.org for assistance.