What is the Connection Café?
It is an online network for members of CFMA and their staff. CFMA members can use the site to build relationships and network with others who share their interests, specialties or questions. You can also do research and find solutions to your day to day issues in the libraries.
What is a Community?
A Community is a group of people organized around a common subject or theme which is defined by the community name and description. Communities are categorized by community types which include Advisory Groups, Board Committees, Task Forces, User Groups, Study Groups and Member Created Communities.
What is a Network?
Networks link people to each other based on matching criteria. Networks are automatically built based on information you’ve specified in your profile, such as address, job history and education. A network is meant to be a quick way to find people that have something in common with you that you may want to connect with. It lets you know how many people share and lets you find these people.
What is a Forum or Discussion Forum?
Forums are all of the discussion threads around a community where you can leave and expect to see responses to messages you have left. Forums can also be referred to as a discussion forum or a discussion group.
What is an eGroup?
This term may be seen on the Connection Café. It simply means "Discussion Forum."
What is a Discussion thread?
A Discussion thread is a chain of written ideas or opinions (exchanged among two or more participants in an online discussion) shown in the sequence in which they were written by the participants. Through the use of hypertext, discussion threads allow new or old participants to comment at any point and follow the entire discussion from its very beginning to its latest idea or opinion.
What is a Blog?
A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”) is a Web site that allows users to reflect, share opinions and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal while readers may post comments. It is a more relaxed version of an opinion article that would appear in print media, and different from a forum, which is more of an online conversation than article.
What is an RSS feed?
An RSS feed is an .xml file that contains the website’s newest content used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, forum discussions, audio and video—in a standardized format. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored Web sites or to compile feeds from many sites into one place. Instead of visiting multiple Web pages to check for new content, a Web user can look at summaries and choose which sites to visit for the full versions.
What does "authenticated" mean?
Authentication is the process of identifying an individual, usually based on a username and password. Any user that logs into the website is authenticated. Logging into the Connection Café allows the user to post, comment and rate site content including discussion forums, blog entries, and library entries.
[Non-Member Chapter Administrators are provided logins upon CFMA member request]