ISPI’s Collaborate is sort of like a mythical creature. Many people do not believe in it, but it is something special. Soon, all of our members will see. This is why we started a more interactive look into Collaborate, versus me just telling you about how I navigate Collaborate. This month’s article is a bit different from last month’s because ISPI answers some concerns that I believe a lot of our members have. Our responses are in blue. Thank you to Janet Buckenmeyer, PhD, for taking time out of her schedule to answer these questions.

Jessica: Do you remember your reaction when ISPI first rolled out Collaborate?

Janet: Yes, I was wondering how Collaborate was going to be different from LinkedIn. I was curious why we could not establish a group on LinkedIn or Facebook. This felt like one more thing I needed to remember to check regularly.

ISPI Response: While LinkedIn and Facebook are great social networking sites, Collaborate offers a robust offering for members and non-members. Such as:
Comprehensive calendar of all events (international and chapter); robust resource library; comprehensive glossary of PI terms (requested by our members); private discussion area for members only, which provides a space where members feel protected to engage; workspace for ISPI committees and groups; access to member directory. Now this might seem like a lot, but it has not even scratched the surface of what Collaborate has to offer.

Jessica: What are the best and worst things about Collaborate?

Janet: Best: It is a private way of sharing information among groups or ISPI members as a whole. It is not open to non-members.
Worst: As I mentioned before, it is another thing to log in to. I do realize it is connected to my ISPI login, but I still do not remember to check in on a regular basis (unless someone emails me with a request to review a document on Collaborate).

ISPI Response: That is something we did think about before. Not only is your account connected to your MyISPI login, but most browsers give you the option of saving the password when you login to Collaborate. So for once, you can kind of forget your password once you have logged in.

Jessica: What do you primarily use Collaborate for?

Janet: I use ISPI Collaborate for Board of Directors’ communication and file sharing. I also use it to connect privately with other ISPI members. Currently, since many members have not made the switch to Collaborate, I am still using LinkedIn first.
ISPI members what are you waiting for?

Jessica: Why did you being using Collaborate?

Janet: I was curious more than anything. Around this time I had received an email asking us to set up our profile on Collaborate. But I forgot about my profile until I joined the Board and was told it would be our primary method of communication.
As we continue to transition, Collaborate will become the primary method of communication for all things ISPI. It is easy to navigate, and we offer a plethora of aides to assist any apprehensive members.