Posts Categorized: Resources & Tips

Surviving and Thriving at the MLA Convention

If you’ve never attended the MLA convention before, or if you haven’t been to it for a few years, you might be wondering what to expect. Because of its size and the range of professional activities that occur there, the MLA convention is very different from most other academic conferences. Here are a few suggestions… Read more »

How to Become a Library Reader in Austin

Austin is home to the Harry Ransom Center and the LBJ Presidential Library, two renowned research institutions housed on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin. If you wish to take advantage of their resources for some in-depth research, we encourage you to plan ahead to make the most of your experience. Harry Ransom… Read more »

Live-Tweeting the MLA: Suggested Practices

The MLA has been a pioneering academic organization in embracing Twitter. Since 2007 the so-called “conference back channel” has been growing considerably. Adoption of Twitter amongst scholars and students seems on the rise as well, and reporting live from the conference is no longer an underground, parallel activity but pretty much a recognized, encouraged aspect… Read more »

MLA Commons at the Convention

On Saturday, January 10, starting at 10:30 a.m., MLA members will discuss some of the ways in which they have made use of MLA Commons, the association’s social network and collaboration platform. From facilitating scholarly conversation after the convention to enabling the submission of article and chapter drafts for peer review, the Commons offers a… Read more »

An MLA Member’s Guide to Foodie Vancouver

Vancouver is one of those cities where people ski and sail on the same day. If you are visiting Vancouver for the first time, be prepared for our misty winter weather (as well as great fish and seafood). Vancouverites take heart in our weather: what falls as light rain in the city also falls as… Read more »

Presenting at the 2015 Convention in Vancouver?

Whether this year’s convention presentation will be your first or your hundredth, here are a few tips to make it your best yet: Don’t read your paper. Looking down and reading a paper that was written to be read rather than heard is a sure way to make your audience disengage. Plan for accessibility. Give… Read more »

Collaborating on Convention Materials Using Docs

If you’re working with other members on a roundtable or another type of collaborative session for the convention, you might consider using the Docs feature on MLA Commons. Much like Google Docs, Docs on MLA Commons allows more than one user to edit and save a document online without using a separate software program. This… Read more »

Posting Convention Materials to MLA Commons

Presenting at the convention? Consider posting your presentation on the 2015 MLA Convention group in advance. To upload a file, click Files in the left-hand navigation bar and follow the instructions. Make sure to include the session number, date, time, and location in the description. You can also add an annotation to the online Program by… Read more »

Vibrant Discussion on Career Paths at the 2014 MLA Convention

Humanities scholars have always flourished in a range of careers in, around, and beyond the academy, but graduate programs have typically not focused on preparing students for the variety of careers they pursue after their studies. This year’s MLA convention featured several sessions, discussions, and workshops on postgraduate career paths, reflecting not only member interest… Read more »

Finding Funding for Your Work

Humanities faculty, staff, and #altac professionals are often encouraged to seek outside funding for developing their humanities projects, but it’s often difficult to even know where to start. A quick visit to the website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (www.neh.gov) can provide a sometimes dizzying array of grant programs. As a first step,… Read more »