MyOKBar Communities: Your New Online Communications Portal
The same way MyOKBar is your portal to all your OBA services like Fastcase and OBA-CLE registration, MyOKBar Communities is your new portal for all section and committee communications.
MyOKBar Communities will work best with your participation. We hope this new platform will become a valuable and time-saving resource for you.
Have questions? The quick tips below should answer most of your questions, but if you are still having trouble email the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MYOKBAR COMMUNITIES
1. Access MyOKBar Communities through MyOKBar.
Log in to your MyOKBar account through the link on the OBA home-page at www.okbar.org. From there, click the red MyOKBar Communities link in the box near the bottom of your profile page.
2. Communities will replace all OBA committee and section electronic mailing lists.
If you are a member of a committee or section, you are auto-subscribed to receive a single email each day called a “daily digest” which contains all Communities communications from the previous 24 hours. You can log in and change your preferences to “real time,” which will send you an instant email for any notification, or no email notifications of postings, which means you will not receive any information until you log in.
3. Section officers can send an immediate email to all section members regardless of email notification preferences.
For critical messages like a meeting notice or immediate alerts, regardless of subscription settings, officers and select staff will be able to send urgent email to members.
4. All sections and committees will now have a file library.
This will include meeting notices, agendas and minutes, as well as forms, practice aids, CLE presentation materials and other helpful files. Through the upload/download feature, Communities allows for open discussions and file sharing available to every OBA member.
5. You should upload a photo to your profile to participate.
Just like in any interaction, seeing a face is important. When people see your name in the member directory, it’s important they see your photo so they know they have the right person. To do so, log in to your MyOKBar account and click the pen icon on the placeholder image.
6. Join the optional forums to get the most out of Communities.
These optional forums include Practice Management Advice with tips from the OBA Management Assistance Program, OBA Water Cooler for general discussions, Mentoring and Young Lawyers Division. They are open to all OBA members, but you will need to affirmatively join and set your email notification preferences.
7. You can participate in Communities without logging in.
Though limited in scope, every member of a section or committee community who receives email can select Post a Message or Reply to Group from their email notification. Those reply messages are sent to a unique email address and will post as messages to that community.
8. Some members cannot see their section’s community yet.
If you have not yet paid your section dues, you have not yet been added to your section. The software integrates with your MyOKBar account and although we are working to address the issue, the quickest resolution is to pay your dues for 2017. If you have senior status and are no longer paying dues or have already paid your dues and want to join a new section, you can use the Join a Section link on your main MyOKBar profile page to join a section.
Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal -- OBJ 88 134 (Jan. 21, 2017)