FAQs

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.

General Questions
Profiles
Communities
Discussions/eGroups
Libraries
Blogs

General Questions


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".

Profiles


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 click on "My Settings." Then from the drop-down list of options, select "Privacy". 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.

Communities


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:

Committee Communities – All of the committee communities are synced with the AALL committee rosters. 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 (14 total) are synced with the paid SIS membership dues received. 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.

How do I see all of the communities I can join?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Browse All Communities". Any community that you can join will have a green "Join" button. You may also use the different drop-down list of options to filter the results.

How do I access the communities I belong to?
Hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Communities I Belong To".

Discussions/eGroups


How do I send a new message?
In general, any member may use the web form to send a new message to one of their communities. To use the web form, hover over the "Communities" navigation button, and then click on "Post a Message".

If you are subscribed to receive your community's eGroup messages in real-time, you have the option to send a new messages directly from your email client.

How do I reply to a message?
If you are subscribed to receive your community's eGroup messages in real-time, 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.

If you are subscribed to receive your community's eGroup messages as a daily digest, then you will need to click on either "Reply to eGroup" or "Reply to Sender" link to the right of the message you want to respond to and you will be redirected to the web form. 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.

How do I update my subscription preferences?
Hover over the "My Profile" navigation button, and click on "My Settings." Then from the drop-down list of options, select "Subscriptions". Remember to click on the "Save" button to save your changes.

What's the email address for my community?
If you are subscribed to receive your community's eGroup messages in real-time, you have the option to send or reply to messages directly from your email client. If you do not know your community's email address, you have two options to retrieve it.
  1. Open a recent message from your community in your email client. Then click on the reply button, and save the email address to your address book.
  2. Visit the Community Email Addresses page in the Help section, and find your community's name. (login required)

Libraries


How do I add a file to my community's library?
When you are in your community, click on the Library tab. Then click on the "Create New Library Entry" button. Follow through the steps and remember to click on the "Finish" button to complete the upload process.

How can I share an item from my community's library?
When you are viewing the library item, you have several options located under the "Actions" box. 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.

Blogs


How do I add a blog entry?
Click on the "Blogs" navigation button, and then click on "Create a New Blog Post".

How do I delete a blog entry I've posted?
Click on 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.