FIMS-related Online Forums and Groups

I mentioned the idea of (re)starting an alumni association in the “50 Ways To Improve FIMS” post a couple days ago.  Someone wrote to let me know there is a group that exists online via Western's Purple Cirlces community portal.  The MLIS one is called (in very logical fashion) MLIS Alumni Network

I don't think you have to be a grad to join (or at least they didn't ask for proof when I requested access – maybe they check behind-the-scenes to confirm?  But I would hope they would allow current students to join as well.) 

There's not a lot of activity from the looks of things but at least it's a start.  There's 205 alumni in the database they have online so it's a great networking (sorry, I think I've put that word on notice – “netsocialing”) tool. 

One thing I suspect they don't do that I wish more online communities would – send out a yearly reminder asking people to update/confirm their contact information.  I saw a couple people, even as I scrolled through quickly, who I suspect have incorrect information just because they probably never revisted the site after they first joined. 


There's a Facebook group for MLIS grads too.  (Someone on co-op at an academic library observed how Facebook has become the default location for students to communicate.  “It's crazy – they check their e-mail first, Facebook second then go straight to MSN.”)  So if you're not on Facebook, you should set-up an account and join the group!  It had been limited to people with a University e-mail in the past but I think they opened up membership (but you may still need somebody on the inside to invite you – not sure.)

There's a LiveJournal forum dedicated to FIMS that gets some attention too.

Our cohort has a Yahoo! group but membership is limited to people who started in January 2006.  But there may be other Yahoo groups out there related to FIMS.

Finally, Lauralee Gilmour set-up a forum that got some posts initially but never got that critical mass needed to make it viable (didn't help that I think it launched right around the time that the newly revised Student Council site went live as well.)

Any other online forums you check out for FIMS-related discussion?  

Comments 3

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    “Finally, Lauralee Gilmour set-up a forum that got some posts initially…”
    …and has now even gotten spam. From a month and a half ago, which, ah, shows you how often I've been remembering to go check the thing of late. Heh. Okay, okay, spam gone…:) If it gets much more of that, I suppose I'll start requiring people to register before posting.
    If, of course, it ever gets any more posts, which may be assuming a lot, but anyway. 🙂 Hope springs eternal and all that.

    Posted 13 Dec 2006 at 3:14 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    “Finally, Lauralee Gilmour set-up a forum that got some posts initially but never got that critical mass needed to make it viable (didn't help that I think it launched right around the time that the newly revised Student Council site went live as well.)”
    All told, the discussion boards on the MLIS Student Council website only garnered 8 posts, of which 3 are mine; so I don't think there were too many customers to steal anyway :).

    Posted 13 Dec 2006 at 3:45 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    It's too bad there wasn't a single central message board for MLIS-related communications that everybody knew about (and used!)
    Ideally, it would be independent of the department as I know for a fact that they don't want us to be expressing any negative opinions on a site they control.
    Lauralee's had potential but it would be nice to have some “official sanction” to it – perhaps a mash-up of what you both did – the independence of Lauralee's with the sanction of Colin's Student Council one?

    Posted 13 Dec 2006 at 6:30 am

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