Professional Development

It’s all about making connections!

Connecting is easier than ever: The NEW ALA Connect  Maybe you’ve seen the messages from ALA leadership over the past few weeks warning us that all discussion lists and other association communications will cease to exist in their current form as of June 30, 2021. After that time, all communications between ALA and ALA divisions/committees will be handled through the new ALA Connect. And maybe these announcements have filled you with dread over the thought of having to now go to a separate place in order to stay in touch with ALA, ALA divisions, and your committees.  Fear not! I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the features of the new ALA Connect: the best of which is that all communications can be sent directly to and replied directly from your email! A recent session on the features of the new ALA Connect provided useful and encouraging information, including: You…

Guest Blogger

8 Reasons to use ALA Connect

The first time I went to ALA Connect, I did so with some reservations.  A professional social media type site?  Another login and password?  However, after using it, I realized ALA Connect is so much more and that there are a number of reasons it is a helpful tool for us to utilize… It’s the go-to place to keep all of your ALA stuff organized.  In Connect, you can join or follow Committees, Communities, and Divisions…some of which are official ALA groups and some of which are less formal and open to all.  By utilizing Connect, all your ALA communications and information is right here, in one place…not spread throughout work and personal email accounts. It’s a way to stay up-to-date on official ALA announcements and events.  You probably don’t want frequent email updates of every division/roundtable/interest group, but you may still want to know what’s going on, in a…