Listed below are the answers to frequently asked questions about My Communities. If you have a question that does not appear in this list, please contact us and let us know.
What is My Communities?
My Communities is the social networking component of the American Association of Law Libraries. Members can use My Communities to start discussions, share resources, and connect with other AALL members who share the same interests and challenges. All of the features found within My Communities are key components identified by members in our surveys and discussions.
How do I access My Communities?
My Communities is located at http://community.aallnet.org
. My Communities is limited to only AALL members and you will need to login (login link at the top right) to proceed.
If you're coming from AALLNET, login first and then hover over the "Member Communities" navigation button and click on "My Communities".
How is my AALL profile on AALLNET different from my profile in My Communities?
In the My Communities section, you have the opportunity to create an additional "social networking" profile separate from your AALL profile on AALLNET. Your address information here is synced with your AALL profile and is automatically populated. In addition you have the opportunity to provide more demographics to your profile, such as your interests, honors, and awards. The more information you provide, the more networks the community site can automatically relate to you. This will allow you to easily connect with other members based on areas of interests, location, etc.
How can I control what information is displayed in my profile?
Hover over the "My Profile" navigation button, and then click on "My Privacy Settings." Remember to click on the "Save" button to save your changes.
NOTE: by default your address, phone numbers, and email address are hidden from your My Communities profile, and you may opt to display this information on your My Communities profile at your own discretion.
What is a community?
A community gives you the opportunity to connect with other members by posting messages through the community's eGroup or share resources within the community's library. There are several types of communities on My Communities:
How do I see all of the communities I can join?
Committee Communities – All of the committee communities are synced with the committee rosters in AALL's membership database. If you are currently on a committee roster, then you will automatically be added to your committee community.
SIS Communities – All of the main SIS communities (13 total) are synced with the SIS rosters stored in AALL's membership database. If you are a current AALL member that is up-to-date with your SIS membership, then you will automatically be added to you SIS community.
SIS Subgroups – SISs have additional communities for their committees or for different areas of interest within their SIS. These are communities that you are free to join at any time, as long as it is open to all AALL members.
Caucus/Member Created Communities – These are communities that you are free to join at any time, as long as it is open to all AALL members.
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Join Communities".
How do I access the communities I belong to?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "My Communities".
How do I create a new community?
Before creating a new community, we recommend you first search all of the communities to confirm that the community you would like to create does not already exist. If the community you wish to create does not already exist, click on the "Communities" navigation button. Then on the right-hand side of the page click on the "Create a New Community" button.
NOTE: when creating the community make sure to check "eGroup" and "Library". By default all communities have a landing page, so please do not check "Website" unless you absolutely need to have a stand-alone microsite.
How do I post a new message?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Post a Message".
How do I reply to a message?
If you are subscribed to receive your community's eGroup messages in real-time or daily digest, then you will need to click on either "Reply to eGroup" or "Reply to Sender" link to the right of the message. The "Reply to eGroup" option sends your reply to the entire community and the "Reply to Sender" option sends your reply to just the sender of the message.
If you are subscribed with the Legacy setting, then you may reply to the entire community from your email client. If you wish to reply to just the sender, then you will need to manually change the To: line in your email message.
How do I update my subscription preferences?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "My Subscriptions". Remember to click on the "Save" button to save your changes.
How do I add a file to a library?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Add a New Entry". Remember to click on the "Finish" button to complete the upload process.
How can I share an item from the library or save an item for future reference?
When you are viewing the library item, you have several options located under the "Actions" box. The "Add to Favorite" option allows you to save the library so you can easily access it in the future. The "Share" option allows you to share library item with another member. The "Permalink" option provides you with the permanent URL for the library item.
How do I add a blog entry?
Hover over the "Blogs" navigation button, and then click on "Create a New Blog".
How do I delete a blog entry I've posted?
Hover over the "Blogs" navigation button, and then click on "My Blog" in order to see all of the blogs that you have created. Select the blog that you wish to delete and the click on the "Delete Blog" button.