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In October 2021, we introduced a feature to the ALA that requests information from registered users about the type of organisation they’re affiliated with e.g. university, government, education etc.

Now when new users first create their account with the ALA, they will be asked to pick the type of organisation they are affiliated with from a set list.

The list includes 18 options including University researcher, Museum/herbarium/library, Government, Industry, Volunteer, and more.

Options of Other and Prefer not to say are given if users either can’t find a category they fit into or don’t wish to divulge the information.

Returning users will be asked, just once when they next log in, to pick their organisation affiliation.

All users can edit their profile to update their institutional affiliation (and the other data) anytime they’re logged in. For more information on how to do this, read our help article How do I manage the settings for my account?

Why the change?

The ALA has been asked to gather this information by our principal funding body, National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

We will be asked to aggregate and report on the data every 6 months. The report won’t be associated at all with individual user logins and no personal information will be provided in the report – just a total count for each user type.

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact