Currently I am the YALSA representative on the ALA Web Advisory Committee. That means that at conference time I meet with other committee members and talk about past, present, and future plans for ALA’s web site and related technologies.

The meeting is always held from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Monday AM at every conference. That of course means that yesterday was the day of our meeting.

The agenda for the day included discussion of the conversion of ALA mailing lists to a new software and conversion of ALA’s web site to a new content management system.

An important update related to the redesign currently in process for the ALA web site. Rough sketches for the new site are available for people to view and provide feedback on. You can actually check out the sketches of the site and fill out a survey by going to the ALA Web Planning wiki. On this wiki you’ll find out about the process ALA is going through as a part of the site redesign and get a chance look at the sketches. (The link to the sketches is in the box on the right on the front page of the wiki.)

The Committee also talked about a variety of ALA Web 2.0 sites and activities including:

  • ALA in Second Life
  • ALA and Ning
  • ALA blogs, wikis, and podcasts

There’s a lot going on with 2.0 at ALA and if you haven’t checked out some of the things mentioned above you might want to. You can find out what’s available on the ALA wiki.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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