All display, browse, search and edit functions on ALA Awards & Grants are back in service after the recent outage. Those who maintain awards should have complete access.
The American Library Association seeks a vendor to host its professional collaboration and networking site, ALA Connect, which supports 2,600+ groups and 64,000+ users. Currently built in Drupal, ALA Connect allows users to post content to groups, join open groups, add members as friends, participate in a mentor matching service, and post a volunteer opportunity. In terms of collaboration, group tools currently include discussion forums, collaborative documents, files, polls, text-based chats, and calendars.
Responses are due by Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 9:00am CDT, and contact information is available in the document.
2015 ALA Connect RFP – American Library Association (324KB, PDF)
ALA has decided to move ALA Connect from its current Drupal environment to an externally-hosted community platform. We’ve fast-tracked this project in the hope we can launch the new version this fall.
Important things to know as we move forward:
As we write a RFP for the new system and select a vendor, we’re including feedback throughout the process from both ALA staff and the ALA Website Advisory Committee (WAC). We’ll be posting the RFP and updates about our progress, so keep an eye on the ITTS News blog and the ALAConnect Twitter account.
The issue has been resolved and Sympa mail is now being delivered. There is a large back log that is being processed, so there will be a delay delivering messages until the system gets caught up. No messages were lost during this time.
It appears that the email upgrade has caused some issues with Sympa. All Sympa mail is currently being deferred. Nothing has been lost, but they are not being delivered. We have reported the issue and are working with the involved vendors to resolve the situation.
On Tuesday, April 7th, ALA Connect will be down as we begin the process to implement ALA’s Shibboleth single sign-on integration. Because we’re also migrating user data from Connect to iMIS (our Association Management Software that stores all of our member data), it’s a more complex process than just changing the login, which is why it will take 24 hours to complete all of the steps.
Note that this also means the 2015 Annual Conference website will also be down during this same timeframe.
Starting around 11am CDT on Tuesday, April 7th, Connect will be down while we begin the work. It will take several hours for the large amount of user data to synchronize into iMIS and make sure everything is working properly. Once we have the all clear, Connect will come back up on Wednesday, April 8th, probably around noon Central Time. We’ll then begin implementing Shibboleth, which will go live on Thursday, April 9th.
Your best bet to track our progress and get updates is by checking the @ALAConnect Twitter account, but you can also leave a comment/question here or email me (Jenny) at jlevine [at] ala.org.
We’re confident everything will go well, but we’re still accepting your well wishes and crossed fingers. See you in Shibboleth soon!
Last night, several security patches were released for Drupal and several modules. I will be working on getting these fixes applied today. The site may be slow at times or experience various performance issues throughout the day today.
Sympa is once again having severe delays. It appears that the current delay is 2 hours, but I expect it to get worse as the day goes on and lists become more active. We are actively working to put a permanent solution in place.
Secure connections to web servers have relied on the SSL and TLS protocol suites for years. The recently discovered POODLE attack has demonstrated that SSLv3 is insecure. The ALA team will have disabled SSLv3 on all of our web servers by the end of the day. We do expect some customer impact from disabling SSLv3. Some older browsers do not support the newer TLS protocol suites or have SSLv3 enabled in their browser settings by their IT departments. Some older browsers trying to reach our websites will error out with a message saying
“This webpage is not available. The webpage might be temporarily down or may have moved permanently to a new web address. Error code: ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH.“
To fix this problem, you may have to disable SSLv3 in your browser settings, enable TLS v1.0 in your browser settings, upgrade your browser to the latest version, or contact your IT department if they control your browser installation or settings.
To address industry wide security vulnerabilities, we will be temporarily disabling website logins starting at 4:00PM CST on Friday November 21st. Functionality should be restored by 5:00pm.
Once this change has been made some older browsers will be unable to login to our websites. Affected users must use a more modern browser.