The purpose of PLAN’s Library Community Forums is to facilitate discussions on topics of professional interest to library staff. They provide a space for sharing best practices, collective problem-solving, exchanging ideas, and for tapping a rich bank of stored knowledge about library related topics.
How to use the Forums:
To better understand how the Forums work, they have the following structure…
Forum — the general area of interest, e.g. Advocacy. If your area of interest is not available, you may request a new Forum by using the ‘Contact Us’ link in the top menu of any PLAN web page.
Topic — a particular topic within the general area of interest of the Forum, e.g. Gaining the support of local officials. Create a new Topic within an existing Forum if your topic is not already there.
Posts / Replies — Post your questions and comments on a Topic already in a Forum here, e.g. This is how we did it at my library….
For details about using the forums, and to ask questions, see the forum entitled, “FAQs about the Forums.”
Things you should know:
- All contributions to the Community Forums will be publicly accessible and readable on the PLAN web site.
- You need a login account to the PLAN web site to post your questions and comments. Use the ‘Create Account’ link at the top of any PLAN web page.
- Use your actual name when you register for a login account. Pseudonyms and anonymous login accounts will not be allowed.
- Request the creation of a new forum if the existing forums do not include your area of interest. Use the ‘Contact Us’ link in the top menu of all pages of the PLAN web site to request a new forum.
Guidelines for posting to the forums:
Be careful. Be mindful that you are personally responsible for content you publish in PLAN’s Community Forums and that what you publish there will be publicly available for many years.
Be professional. In all of your conduct in the forums, represent high professional communication standards. No vitriolic exchanges will be permitted.
Critique but don’t criticize. Constructive analysis, working toward solutions, is always welcome in the forums. Negative, destructive comments, or comments that should only be made in private, are not.
Stay on topic. Be sure your postings are placed in the forum appropriate for the topic you are addressing. If your topic is outside the scope of any of PLAN’s existing forums, contact PLAN about creating a new forum for your topic.
Look before posting. Before posting to a forum, check the previous postings to see if your question or topic has been addressed before. Use the Search function to find info in all the forums.
The postings in the forums express the views of the author, not necessarily the views of PLAN. PLAN does not guarantee any information posted in the forums and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or usefulness of any information available via the forums. PLAN does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by users of the forums. PLAN also does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
PLAN reserves the right to monitor or remove any information transmitted or received through the forums, or to terminate use of the forums, at any time, without notice, at its sole discretion. Users may bring unprofessional content in postings by other users to PLAN’s attention, although PLAN does not guarantee any action based on such information.
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