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MLA directory search tips

Posted By Paul A. Cary, Thursday, January 15, 2015

Most of you probably know that you can search for members on the MLA web site. What you might not know is that the Advanced search tab offers more precise search options. Start all your searches at the main search screen. The Basic tab allows free-text searching as well as searching by Groups, Country, and State. (Select United States from the Country menu and the Location field will turn into a State menu). To get more options, click on Advanced Search.

At the first Advanced screen, you can limit a search by Member Type (Regular, Student, etc.) and Status (Registered, Not Registered). After making any selections you want from this screen, click Continue. 

The second screen allows you to search specifically by Name or Company and by Group membership, as well as restrict a search by various location criteria. So between the two screens, you can, for example, find all of the student members who live in Ohio, or all of the members of the Sheet Music Roundtable. Or you can simply search for members whose name happens to be Cleveland without retrieving all of the members who live in Ohio's fairest city.

Please let us know if you have any problems.

Paul Cary
MLA Administrative Officer

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Start a New Blog

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Committees, Round Tables, Task Forces, and System User Groups may create blogs for their homepages using the new website.  To create a blog, you must be a committee or task force chair or round table or system user group coordinator.  Follow these simple steps:

  1. Begin by logging into the MLA website with your MLA username and password.  If you don't remember you password, click the "forgot password" link below the sign in box.  If you don't remember your username and password, please contact the MLA Business Office.
  2. Go to your committee, task force, round table, or system user group homepage.  You may find these by clicking on the Our Organization menu and then Organizational Structure.
  3. On your homepage, click the link for "Group Admin Options," "Blog Management," and "Start a New Blog" 
  4. Select a title for your blog and your blog settings:
    • Ability to Post:  This is where you’ll select if you would like posting limited to you as the 
      Group Administrator or if you would like anyone in your group to have the ability to post 
      to your blog.  Keep in mind that if you’re a Round Table or System User Group 
      coordinator, any MLA member could join your group and begin posting to your blog. 
    • Auto­ Approve Posts:  Selecting Yes means that posts to your blog will show up immediately.  Selecting No means that you as the group administrator will have the chance to review potential posts and approve them prior to them going live on the site. 
    • Ability to Comment:  Selecting Locked means that only you as the group administrator will be able to comment on blog posts.  Selecting Unlocked will allow anyone within your group to comment on a blog post.
    • Voting and Score Posts/Comments:  This field determine whether users of your blog will be able to rate posts/comments thumbs up or down.  This will translate into a star rating for your post
  5. Once you have selected your blog title and settings, click the submit button.
  6. Click on the title of your blog to add your first blog post. 
  7. Use the "Add New Post" link to add your first blog post. 
  8. Once you have added your first post, let your committee, round table, task force, or system user group members know about the blog.  They may add the RSS feed to their RSS reader or subscribe to blog to receive automatic updates via email each time a new post is added to the blog. 
Still have questions?  Ask the Web Committee!



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Tell us about your events!

Posted By Rebecca O'Donoghue, Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Do you know of an event that might be of interest to MLA members and others who work with music materials? Then we want to hear about it! The full view of the MLA calendar will include events of interest from related music organizations as well as official MLA events. To let us know about an event, take a look at the MLA calendar policy. From there, you can see what types of events we will consider for inclusion, and fill out the event submission form.

And like many pages on the new site, the calendar also includes a handy RSS feed, so anyone interested can be automatically notified of new events as they are posted.

Please check it out and help us populate the MLA calendar with great events!

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We Want Your Photos!

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Friday, May 23, 2014
As you begin your Spring cleaning and organizing of those photos you've been collecting throughout the year, please keep the MLA website in mind!  We are looking for photos of you, your collections, teaching, your library spaces, chapter meetings, and more.  Help us show those new to MLA who we are as an organization and what we do best.  Use our photo submission form to your submit your photos.  We also ask that you fill out our photo permission form to ensure we have your permission to display your photos on the MLA website.  Thanks for your help sharing the work that we do!

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Adding Committee Handbooks to Your Website

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Friday, May 9, 2014
Add your committee handbook to our own committee web page.  Committee Chairs are administrators for their committee homepage.  Simply sign into the MLA website and follow the link in your My Profile for Groups.  Select your group and follow the link to the Resource Manager.  From there, click the Upload File tab and upload your file.  Go to Group Admin Options and then Homepage Options.  Highlight the text for Your Committee Handbook.  Click the Insert tab and the link button and click the "paper" icon to the right of the URL box and select your Handbook file from the Resource manager.  Select insert, Ok, and then Submit at the bottom of the page.  

Watch a short screencast on adding your handbook to your Committee web page.

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Forum Instant Updates

Posted By Rebecca O'Donoghue, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Did you know you can get instant email updates on new topics and comments in your group forums? There are separate settings depending on whether you would like to be updated on the creation of new topics in a forum, or the addition of new comments on a particular topic.

To receive emails about new topics, navigate to the forum's main page, and click "Subscribe to Instant Updates" under the Forum Actions dropdown menu.

To receive emails about new comments on a particular topic, navigate to the topic page, then click "Subscribe to Instant Updates" under the Thread Actions dropdown menu.

In either case, if you are already subscribed to that forum or topic, the menu option will instead say "Unsubscribe from Instant Updates".

Now you'll be up-to-date on what's happening in your group's forums!

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Posting Screenshots/Photos to Forums

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Did you know that you can use forums to carry online an online discussion in your Round Table or System User Group?  Once active, forums may be found on your group's homepage.Forum Screenshot

You may post a reply to a forum by joining the Round Table or System User Group (click the "Join Group" at button located at the top of the group's page after you're logged into the MLA website).   Once you're logged into the MLA website, Reply or QuickReply should appear when you're reading a specific post. If you want to post an image in a reply, follow the link to "Reply Using Full Editor."   This will display an editor window. In order to post images, scroll down past the main editor and look for another pane that says Attach Image(s) and/or File(s). This will allow you to drag and drop onto it or browse to images on your computer. Images in postings will show up as thumbnails and you can click through to see the full size.  See this screencast for a demonstration on posting images to forums.  

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Print Your Annual Meeting Invoice

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Friday, March 7, 2014

All registrants should have received messages from yourmembership.com with a link to their receipt.  If this is not readily available, you can easily go online:

  • Log into www.musiclibraryassoc.org
  • Click on "Manage Profile"
  • Under "Invoicing, Payments & History" click "Invoices"
  • In the invoices screen, filter by "Any" (the default is "open," so you need to choose "any")
  • The invoices will display. Click the second icon from the left to see each invoice and then print it.
Watch a short video of how to print your invoice.

As always, you can call the Business Office with questions at 608-836-9000.

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Keep the Conversation Going!

Posted By Verletta S. Kern, Friday, March 7, 2014
It was great to see so many of you in Atlanta for great program and great conversation!  I would like to encourage you all to keep those conversations going throughout the year using the MLA website. Here are a few ways to make this happen:
  • Join a Round Table or System User Group by logging into the MLA website and clicking the "Join Group" link in the top center of each Round Table or System User Group page.
  • Share your work with MLA membership and beyond.  Committees, Round Tables, System User Groups and Task Forces may create a blog, forum (online discussion board), calendar of events, file libraries of files or links, or custom webpages.  Instructions on how to set up these features are available under the help menu of the MLA website.
  • Build out your MLA Member Profile.  Put a face with your name and share your expertise with other MLA members by building out your member profile.  Instructions on building out your MLA profile are available under the help menu of the MLA website.
  • Share your photos.  The MLA Web Committee would love to do a better job of showing who we are and what we do.  To this end we encourage you to consider submitting photos of you and your friends from the annual meeting, photos of you and your collections, photos of you teaching, and more.  Help us put a face to MLA!  When submitting your photos, we ask that you also fill out our photo permission form to make sure we have your permission to display your photo on the website.
  *   Set up a private work space to share your work internally.  The new website offers the ability to set up private work spaces for committees and task forces to share documents, have online forums (online discussion boards), and more with just members of their group.  This is a great place to store your Board reports and working documents.  Contact webeditor@musiclibraryassoc.org for more information on setting up a private work space for your group.

For more information throughout the year on ways you can use the new website, subscribe to the Web Committee's blog.  We look forward to exploring new ways of sharing MLA's work via the new website.

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Accessing your financial transactions

Posted By Paul A. Cary, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One of the great things about the new web site is that you can now access your transactions. Sign into the site, and click Manage Profile in the left column. Now look for the Invoicing, Payments & History section. What you see here will depend to some extent on what actions you’ve taken, but you might see links to Invoices, Membership, Event Registrations, and/or Donations. For example, you can print a copy of your confirmation for the Annual Meeting, find out when your membership expires, print invoices or pay them online, and see a history of your donations (since we moved to the new platform).

One note: you may notice that the server address changes from musiclibraryassoc.org to https://musiclibraryassociation.site-ym.com/. That is to be expected, and indicates that you are on the secure server side of things.

Need help? Please contact the Business Office.

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