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9 Things You Should Know about the Website

1. The AFS site offers members a variety of venues for information and interaction:

The website provides content in a few main areas:
  • About the American Folklore Society describes the Society and its activities.
  • Member Services leads to the online process for joining AFS or renewing membership in AFS or in AFS Sections, information about making donations to the AFS, a search tool for the AFS membership directory, and the AFS online store, and other AFS member-only online tools.
  • AFS Sections collects all the information related to sections: prize procedures and winners, publications, information for conveners, and how to join or renew.
  • The Folklore Commons includes the content that our members can contribute, and anyone can read:
  • The AFS Review publishes opinion pieces, news, and notes from the field of folklore studies.
  • The Folklore Wiki, a knowledge base of any and all information with relevance to the field, allows site members to post and edit information.
  • The Calendar lists upcoming events in the field of folklore.
  • The Career Center allows anyone to search job openings, find potential candidates, subscribe to new posting notifications, and post jobs and other professional opportunities. AFS members may also post and access CVs.
  • Open Forums provide space for members to discuss questions and issues in the field.

2. The structure is in place, but the rest depends on you!

This is largely an interactive web site. You can submit news items and contributions for publication in the AFS Review (which offers stable URLs for citation in your CV). You can post job openings and events in the field to the Calendar and Career Center. You can contribute links, new entries, amplifications, documents (bibliographies, syllabi, proposals) to the Folklore Wiki – its value as a knowledge base will grow only to the extent that you and other AFS members contribute to it. As an AFS member, you can engage in public, archived discussions on topics and issues of interest in the Forums. If you are a member of an AFS section, you and others in your section can use your "Group” space to create a section-members-only website, to share files and images, and to communicate within the section.

3. Anyone can read; only community members can write

Anyone with an Internet connection can browse almost all pages of our site, but to make contributions to, or edit, the site's contents you need to be an AFS member or register on the website.

4. Your Profile goes public – or not

By default, every member has a searchable Profile, viewable to other AFS members, which has two parts: a Wall and a Bio. You determine how much or how little information you want to make publicly available in your Wall and Bio.

Your Wall can contain information on your site activities (past postings, and the like) and your links to other members. If you do not want this information to be shown, you can use "Preferences" in your Profile—reach it by clicking on Manage Profile in the My Profile box that appears on the right-hand side of any site page once you Sign In—to hide your Wall.

Your Bio contains your contact information. Your Bio is also your AFS member record, so you must provide, at minimum, an email address and a mailing address for AFS to use when we, for instance, need to reach you or mail the new issue of the Journal of American Folklore. If you want to keep certain Bio information hidden from other members, you can use "Edit Bio” in your Profile—reach it by clicking on Manage Profile in the My Profile box that appears on the right-hand side of any site page once you Sign In—to keep personal data confidential from other members. You Bio can also contain information about your interests in the field, a professional biography, or your CV--as much or as little information as you want to share.

5. Sign In if you want to take advantage of the site’s capabilities

"Sign In” is for current AFS members. "Join AFS” is for joining AFS for the first time. (The "Sign In” link is on the top gold line of the home page, or any other page you’re on if you haven’t Signed In yet.) Once signed in, you will be taken to your personal Profile, and you can edit it, access all parts of the site, and post site content. For more on this topic, see FAQ: Membership--Join AFS/Sign In.

6. How to find another member in the Membership Directory:

Sign In to the site and click Member Services on the main menu; then click Membership Directory on the drop-down menu. Enter your search terms. Once the search returns results, hold your cursor over a retrieved name to see a small window containing a snap-shop of the person's profile, including links to message or view the complete profile. Alternatively, you can click on the name to go straight to the member's profile. If the person has approved the display of this information, you will find his or her email address and other contact information on the "bio" tab in the member profile.

7. How to contribute content
(this information is also on the site itself):

Your member profile: You can edit this information yourself at any time. Start by clicking Manage Profile in the My Profile box that appears on the right-hand side of every site page once you Sign In. You can then change information about yourself, and control what will be readable, in Edit Bio. This website is communications-friendly—perhaps too much so—so its default is for you to receive notification of many changes made to the site by other members. From Manage Profile you can also go to Preferences, where you can control what sorts of notifications you want to receive from the website.

AFS sections:
Pages about AFS sections for the public appear in About AFS. Section leaders can add to or edit these pages at any time by clicking the Edit This Page button in the upper right-hand corner of the text area. Sections may also develop content for the general public in Open Forums and the Folklore Wiki. Sections also have private Group space exclusively for their own use—for section-member-only information and communications, for example – which group members can access from their own Profiles, in Groups. Any section member can post content to these pages.

AFS Review
contributions: Submit your essays, opinion pieces, notes, queries, and news items by emailing them to

Submitting events for the Calendar: Email information to

Job postings
: Post directly to the Career Center.

Adding or editing Folklore Wiki content: To add a new page, email the page title and text in .doc format, including any hyperlinks and notes about placement, to To contribute to or edit an existing page, sign in, then click the Edit This Page button in the upper right-hand corner of the text area. Be sure to click Submit when you’re done.

Starting or contributing to an Open Forum: We have created some initial forums on a variety of areas of interest, and posted an initial forum topic to the Professional Practice forum. To create a new forum, please email its name and a sentence or two of description to Members can comment or start new topics in existing forums using the onscreen tools.

8. How to renew your AFS membership securely online:

All AFS members will receive renewal notices—once by US mail, then via email—as their membership expiration dates approach. Email notifications will contain a link to the online member renewal process. You also can renew your AFS membership at any time; there is a link to renewal in Member Services. If your membership lapses before you renew, use "Sign In”; it will provide a link to renew your membership before you will be able to access your Profile.

9. As of January 2013, AFS members can renew their Sections at the same time that they renew their AFS membership.

The renewal process offers an opportunity to select Sections before submitting a single, lump dues payment. Alternatively, it is still possible to add or renew sections at any time in the online store.

For more specifics about how to use the online tools, see FAQ.

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