Last week MLA rolled out its new website. The old site was long overdue for an update, and this new site is a bit of a change. As with all new site changes, the new version is going to take some getting used to. MLA wants your thoughts https://www.mlanet.org/about/mlanet_update.html on the new website.
What are some of the “show stopper” issues or missing information.
What is a “show stopper?” A show stopper is a fundamental problem with a website that makes it or important parts of it totally unusable. Some examples with this site are:
Now MLA does know about the browser compatibility problems and the Forgot Password link, so you don’t have to report those again.
What kind of information is missing? Please remember we can’t have everything on the front page (and we probably already have to much there now) but are there links or other bits of information that you use that you can’t find?For example:
MLA has since fixed these two missing links….but are there others that they don’t know about?
Please look at the website https://www.mlanet.org/ and notify MLA of any problems or thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
IF you can remember try and also list the problems on the comments on this website. The list in the comments isn’t meant to dissuade anyone from reporting something that somebody else found (by all means if you think it is important that MLA knows about it, tell them) I just thought it might be helpful to have an unofficial list of issues so that others can learn from what was found.
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Every other year at the annual meeting MLA used to hold the Section Shuffle where each of the sections would man a table and talk to members about their section. Often there were themes and the sections would dress up or have candy and little prizes at the their table to try and entice members over to their table so that they could talk about everything the section is doing and encourage the member to join their section.
Section Council and Chapter Council decided to conduct a survey to determine what members were getting out of Section Shuffle, why people became a member of a Section or Chapter, why they continued (or didn’t) to be a member, and whether there could be alternatives to the Section Shuffle.
To sum the survey up….
So the Section and Chapter Council decide to change things up this year. Instead of a Shuffle, Section and Chapter will be staffing posters during Poster Session 1 on Sunday May 18th highlighting their activities and unique characteristics at MLA ’14 in Chicago. Posters for participating Sections and Chapters will be on display at the MLA Registration Center. While the posters will be staffed during Poster Session 1 they will remain on display throughout MLA ’14 so members can drop by and learn more about the Sections and Chapters any time during the conference.
I have found Sections and Chapters to be a great way to get involved in MLA and my participation in my Sections and Chapters has significantly enriched my MLA membership experience. So I encourage everyone to stop by a poster and join a Section and/or Chapter.
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