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Tutorial: Group Members
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All members are a part of their chapter 'primary group.' Members may also join other groups such as their state or regional group, a professional interest group, or they may be approved for participation in a committee or reviewer group if they are part of a committee or editorial review team (see volunteer opportunities for details on these).

All group sites are managed and maintained by a group administrator who has the access to change group settings, modify the group webpages, send and approve group messages, access the resource directory, etc… A tutorial for group administrators is also available.

A quick reference guide of the features discussed in the video are provided below. The time indicated will take you directly to those directions in the video if they are discussed.

The 7 minute video tutorial below offers an overview of all key group member features available and how to use them to effectively participate in your group.

This training tutorial was created by Dr. Cheryl Wolf, CSI Web Administrator
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Accessing Your Group

  1. Log into to access your groups.
  2. You can find a list of the groups to which you belong under My Profile > Groups. Click on the desired group to go to the group homepage or type the link of the group directly into the address bar of your browser.
    Note. Chapter groups have a customized website address as follows: (e.g.,

Joining a New Group

 All members are automatically assigned to their chapter group. If you would like to join another open group such as a state, regional or professional interest group:

  1. Select Groups on the left menu. A fly-out menu will appear so you may browse public groups (all committee groups are closed and membership is by invitation only).
  2. At the top of the group, select 'Join Group.' Most of the public groups are set to auto-approve new group members.
  3. If you wish to leave the group, click on the 'Options' button, which replaced the 'Join Group' button. From that drop-down menu, select Leave this Group.

Viewing a List of Group Members

  • Select Group Director from the right or top menu. A list of approved members will appear.
  • Hover over the hyperlinked name to see a brief description; click the link to message them, visit their profile, or add them as a connection.

Viewing the Calendar and Registering for an Event

  1. In the directory menu, select Calendar or scroll to the Upcoming Events at the bottom of the group homepage.
  2. Hover over the dates to see a short description of the calendar item. Dates appear in black and cannot be opened. Events appear as blue hyperlinked text; they can be clicked on for more information including online registration, RSVP, ticket purchases, etc... depending on the features enabled.
  3. To register for an event, click the registration information, complete all the required fields, and click submit.

Posting, Replying, and Subscribing to Blogs and Forums

All group members may post to and reply on a blog or forum. However, only a group administrator can create categories, add a new blog or forum, and modify or delete inappropriate posts.


  • In the directory menu, select Blogs
  • Select the blog name/description to which you wish to view, post, reply, or subscribe.
  • To add a new post, click the link at the top of the blog. You may attach an image, document, or video; tag the post; and decide if you would like to allow comments.
  • To comment on a post, click the 'comment on this post' link below the blog post.
  • To subscribe to the blog, click on the green check mark 'Subscribe' button at the top of the page. 
  • To unsubscribe from a blog, click on Manage Subscriptions and select the red 'X.'


  • In the directory menu, select Forums.
  • Select the forum to which you wish to view, post, reply, or subscribe.
  • To add a new post, click the link at the top of the blog. You may attach an image, document, or video; tag the post; and decide if you would like to allow comments.
  • To reply to a post, click the 'Post Reply' link at the top of the forum.
  • To subscribe to the blog, click on the green check mark 'Subscribe to Instant Updates' button.
  • To unsubscribe from a blog, click on red ''X' Unsubscribe to Instant Updates.'
  • To create a signature, select 'My Signature' at the top of the page and create your signature as you would like it to appear on all forum posts.

Subscribing to the Group Newsletter Updates

To subscribe to regular updates about your chapter group including upcoming calendar events, new blog and forum posts, etc...

  • Select the Options menu at the top and then select 'Subscribe to Newsletter.'
  • To unsubscribe, select options and then 'Unsubscribe from Newsletter.'

Uploading Photos

All group members may add to the group photo album from the homepage.

  1. In the directory menu, click on Photo Gallery > Upload a Photo
    To upload multiple photos at once, Java must be installed. The settings are universal for all images; therefore, no captions or tags can be created for individual images. 
  2. Select the file from your computer.
  3. Add a photo caption to describe the image
  4. Tag this photo with key words.
  5. Select if you would like comments allowed.
    Note. the image required formats and restrictions are available at the bottom of that page.

All group members may upload photos. However, a group administrator may create albums and move the photos into those albums.

Resource Directory and File Library

  • A resource directory is accessible only to group admins for maintaining files that will be linked to or embedded in a webpage. It can also be a source of maintaining chapter documents with limited access by members.
  • A file library can be created with a list of files and/or links; a collection can be associated with a custom page and provide group member access to the directory at the bottom of that custom page. When the collaboration (Wiki) mode is enabled, group members may add to or edit the information in the collection.
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