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ALA Chicago migrated its remaining three listservs (CHI-SMALLFIRM, CHI-MIDSIZE, CHI-LARGEFIRM) to the ALA Online Community effective Monday, July 1, 2019.

The forums are similar to the Chapter’s existing listservs. However, they are hosted by ALA national as an “online community.” Online communities are a free benefit that ALA national provides to local chapters. This new platform is very user-friendly, with quite a bit of functionality including a robust historical search function for posts and the ability to share files. As with the Chapter’s existing listservs, care should be taken to consider antitrust regulations when posting to the new forums.

Members have been automatically subscribed to the Chicago Chapter General Discussion Forum and while you may unsubscribe from this at any time, we encourage you to remain in this forum as this tool will be used to communicate with all GCC members moving forward. We are not able to automatically subscribe you to the other three new forums. If you have any questions about subscribing/unsubscribing or using the new ALA Community Forums for the Greater Chicago Chapter, please contact us at staff@alachicago.org.

For your reference, we have attached below two “How To” guides: One for setting up your subscription, and one for using the ALA Communities .

Subscribing Instructions

ALA Online Community Guide


ALA Chicago hosts the following discussion forums in the ALA Online Community:

Greater Chicago Chapter Large Firms

Greater Chicago Chapter Medium Firms

Greater Chicago Chapter Small Firms

Greater Chicago Chapter Finance

Greater Chicago Chapter General Discussions

 

These are more than a Listserv – they are our own online communities where we can share resources, easily access a history of discussions, find members’ contact information, create our own profiles with photo, and more.

A subscription to the Discussion Forums allows you to conveniently receive community posts by email instead of visiting the website Forum every time you want to read discussion threads and post responses. Once you’ve subscribed, the email address for the Discussion Forums are as follows:

 

Large Firm Forum:

GCCLF@commlist.alanet.org

Mid-Size Firm Forum:

GCCMED@commlist.alanet.org

Small Firm Forum:

GCCSF@commlist.alanet.org

Finance Forum:

GCCFIN@commlist.alanet.org

General Discussions Forum:

GCC@commlist.alanet.org

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Here’s how to subscribe:

  1. Log in to the ALA website at www.alanet.org (email membership@alanet.org for assistance)
  2. Click on the ‘3 Red Heads’ quick access community icon at the top center of the webpage
  3. Select ‘Communities’ in the green navigation bar on the community landing page
  4. Click on CHAPTERS, and select ‘Greater Chicago’
  5. Under the Subscribe header in lower right corner, choose the various forums you would like to subscribe to by clicking on each: ‘Subscribe to Greater Chicago Chapter {forum name}.
  6. Choose your subscription type, an immediate email or a digest, depending on your preferences

 

To start a discussion thread on website (if subscribed, simply email the group):

  1. Log in to the ALA website at www.alanet.org (email membership@alanet.org for assistance)
  2. Click on the ‘3 Red Heads’ quick access community icon at the top center of the webpage
  3. Select ‘Communities’ in the green navigation bar on the community landing page
  4. Click on CHAPTERS, and select ‘Greater Chicago’
  5. Click on FORUMS in the upper right corner of the burgundy page header
  6. Select the appropriate Discussion Forum where you would like to post
  7. Click on left-hand toolbar “+” sign to add a new discussion thread
  8. Follow prompts to post your comment or question

 

Reply to a discussion thread on website (if subscribed, simply email the group):

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN YOU REPLY TO AN EMAIL YOU ARE REPLYING TO THE ENTIRE FORUM. IF YOU NEED TO REPLY PRIVATELY, SIMPLY CHANGE THE TO: FIELD TO THE ORIGINAL SENDER'S EMAIL ADDRESS.

  1. Access the Online Community landing page per login instructions above.
  2. You will see the list of discussion topics or ‘threads’ created by other users. To respond to an existing thread, click on that thread and select the return arrow icon in the toolbar at the bottom right of the post.
  3. Grab the lower right corner of the text box to make it larger for ease of use.
  4. To edit your post, open it, and select pencil icon at the bottom right. To delete it completely, email membership@alanet.org.
  5. Set up email subscriptions to receive and respond to postings by email. Please be courteous and strip out redundant posting copy from your email reply before sending/replying to the group.

 

To learn how to upload a photo to your profile, create a signature, and other important community tips, please see the How-To Guide.