Blog Guidelines


The purpose of the Building Our Information Future MLA 2014 conference blog is to share conference activities and events with meeting attendees as well as those unable to attend.



Local information: Contact Elizabeth Huggins [ehuggins at luc dot edu],  2014 Local Arrangements Committee blogger

Other events: Contact Rachel Walden [rachel dot walden at vanderbilt dot edu] Blog Coordinator, 2014


Blog correspondents will post on items and events related to the meeting. Correspondents should post at least three times in order to earn 3 AHIP credits.

Every effort will be made to cover as much of the conference as possible.

MLA members, librarians, and others interested in the convention are encouraged to add to the blog by posting comments.

Spamming or flaming posts or comments will not be tolerated and will be removed from the site.

The blog will be continually updated during the conference. After the conference, the blog will be primarily available for archival information.

Blog managers

Rachel Walden will be responsible for overall blog administration.

Technical questions and problems can be directed to Kate Corcoran at MLA Headquarters, corcoran at mlahq dot org.


Blogs are hosted at The blog runs on WordPress. This blog has a design congruent with MLA guidelines for website branding. The default blog template includes an “about page” and links about the annual MLA conference.

Acceptable Use

It is expected that blog postings will be professional and reflect well on our community of health-sciences librarians. Correspondents are encouraged to put a “best foot forward” on conference activities. Blog correspondents are strongly encouraged to check facts, cite sources, present balanced views, acknowledge and correct errors, and check spelling and grammar before making a post live. Blog managers reserve the right not to post any blog post, or to later remove it. Links to related posts are encouraged, but Blog correspondents should post original content rather than reposting entire items from other blogs or lists.

Photos and Video

Photography and video are welcome, but please ensure you get permission to take pictures/videos from your subjects before posting them on the official conference blog. There may be legal issues around posting videos and images of members without permission. The MLA 2014 Conference Blog assumes no responsibility for the content or information contained in individual blog posts. These posts are the sole responsibility of the individual blog correspondent. Images or video that receive requests to delete will be removed by the blog manager.


Comments are open to all but may be moderated by the blog manager. Commentary, opinion, and reaction to posts are welcome and consonant with MLA’s Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship. Comments should be relevant to the specific post they are attached to. Spam, flaming, personal attacks, and off-topic comments are not permitted. We reserve the right not to post any comment or to later remove it.

Categories and Tags

This blog uses categories and tags to group similar content. Categories allow posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of a site. A tag is a keyword which describes all or part of a post. A post may have several tags, many of which relate to it only peripherally. Like Categories, Tags are linked to a page which shows all posts having the same tag. Unlike Categories, Tags can be created on-the-fly, by simply typing them into the tag field.

Posts must be labeled with the day the event occurred using Tags. Use other tags & categories as you see fit. When a suitable category is not available, create a tag that describes the subject of your post. Note: posts with no category will appear as “Uncategorized.” If you need a category created, email the blog manager at rachel dot walden at vanderbilt dot edu.


Permanent pages will provide:

Blogger Profiles – information about the 2014 bloggers
About/Blog Guidelines – history and details related to the conference blog
Other pages as necessary

Content posted on the MLA 2014 conference blog is the property of the post’s author. Blog correspondents are encouraged to investigate a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Please also review MLA’s Disclaimer and Notice of Copyright.