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Google Communities for Libraries to Sunset April 2

Friday, March 1, 2019

Google has announced that on April 2, 2019, Google+ consumer accounts will be shut down. Google will delete consumer account content and shut down any associated Google+ pages. All members and moderators with a G Suite account will continue to have access. However, members and moderators who have a consumer Google+ account will lose access. Consumer accounts are free Google accounts, while G Suite accounts are typically paid for and managed by an institution.

Google Communities for Libraries will continue to exist for the time being, but because most members of the Wisconsin Public Library Community are not G Suite users, this communication venue will sunset on April 2, 2019.

We are exploring possible alternatives and will continue to share updates on social communication options for libraries on the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog and via email with the Public Library Systems for distribution to member libraries.

Not sure if you have a G Suite account or a consumer account? To find out your account type, go to: https://support.google.com/a/answer/6208960.

If your page looks like this, you are a member of a G Suite account, and your account and associated content will remain active:

Screenshot of Google Suite Account

However, if your page looks like this, your account is a consumer account and all associated content and pages will be deleted on April 2nd:

Google Consumer Account

Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. DPI will not retain any information posted by community members. If you want to retain your content, we recommend you download and save it before April: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788

If you have questions, contact the Google+ moderator of your community in question.

Posted by Ben Miller
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

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For questions about this information, contact Ben Miller (608) 224-6168