How to Post

Please comment, or consider submitting content for a post!

Comments are open to anyone – please comment on posts to create dialogue amongst chapters.

To submit new post content to the blog: send a Word document as an email attachment to the blog content moderators, Gwen Gregory: ggregory@uic.edu and Sarah Steiner: ssteiner@gsu.edu . See blog policies for style and content guidelines.

Instructions for Blog Authors

The rest of this page contains basic instructions for those who had been given back-end WordPress access to the blog (per blog policies, only ACRL Chapters Council officers or others who will be submitting content on a regular basis). Refer to support pages of WordPress.com or consult blog administrator (Gwen Gregory: ggregory@uic.edu and Sarah Steiner: ssteiner@gsu.edu.) for anything not detailed here. Style and content guidelines for blog posts are contained in the blog policies. Please consult Gwen Gregory: ggregory@uic.edu and Sarah Steiner: ssteiner@gsu.edu for questions related to blog post content and style.

Creating a WordPress Account

The blog administrators (Gwen Gregory and Sarah Steiner) will create an account for select individuals using an email address of your choice. They will then add you as a blog author, and you will get a notification email that you’ve been added as an author. You’ll be given a temporary password, which you should probably change.

Logging In

Go to: http://acrl.ala.org/acrlchapters/

Click “Log in” under “Blog Tools” on the right-hand column. Enter your username and password.

You will see your “Dashboard” when you log in.

Updating Your Profile

Click “Profile” on the left-hand column. Here you can change your password, add any information you want to be public (if you don’t add any information, your username will be the only thing displayed), etc. When you’re done updating your profile, click “Update Profile”.

Creating a Post

Please consult blog policies for formatting/style guidelines and content before posting to the blog. As stated in the policies, all posts will be reviewed by the moderator(s), so please do not publish your post until it has been reviewed.

Expand the “Posts” box on the left-hand column. This is where you can view and edit your posts, or create new posts. To create a new post, click “Add New” at the top. Create a title for your post. There are 2 ways to create posts: to use the built-in WYSIWYG editor, select the tab that says “Visual”, and if you want to code everything by hand, select the HTML tab. You can toggle between the two editors if you want to use both.

The “Publish” box on the right-hand column contains important functions. While you are working on a post, click “Save Draft” frequently. If you want to see what your post will look like at any point, just click “Save Draft” and then click “Preview”.  Once your draft is ready for review, make sure the draft is saved and notify the moderator(s). Once it has been reviewed, they will give you the ok to publish your post (see section on Publishing Posts).

Attachments

Adding images, video, audio, and documents is accomplished by clicking the “Add Media” icon at the top of the post box.

Embedding links

All links should be embedded to give a more professional appearance. To embed the link:

  1. With your mouse, highlight the text (or picture) in your blog post that you want to serve as the link.
  2. Click the button at the top of the post that looks like a connected chain link (Insert/edit link)
  3. A dialogue box will appear.
  4. In the “Link/URL” field, insert the URL you are linking to. (To ensure that you get the entire link, use copy/paste rather than typing it out)
  5. In the “Target” field, select “Open link in a new window”.
  6. In the “Title” field, give your link a descriptive title (you may use the title of the webpage you are linking to – if the title of the webpage is really long, shorten it).
  7.  Click “Insert”. The dialogue box will close and you now have an embedded link in your blog post.
  8. Make sure that your link works. To do this, save your draft and preview it (“Save Draft”, then “Preview”). Click the hypertext in your post to make sure it opens the correct URL in a new window.

Assigning Tags

When you’re done editing, please assign tags to your post. Tags are important because they help drive traffic to our blog; all tags are added automatically to the WordPress global tag system and tag surfer. In the “Post Tags” box on the right-hand column, you can add tags separated by commas. Use all lowercase letters for tags, unless it’s a proper name, and no more than 2 words in a single tag. When you’re done adding tags, click “Add”.

What NOT to do:

  • Don’t put anything in the “Excerpt” box.
  • Don’t uncheck the box next to “Allow comments”. We want comments!
  • Do not assign Categories to your post.

Publishing Posts

All of the publish functions are contained in the “Publish” box on the right-hand column. “Preview” your final draft prior to publishing and make sure it has been reviewed by the moderator(s). You can also change the “Visibility” of the post to “private” if you don’t want it to be public once it is published; do not choose the “password protected” option. You can also decide when you want your post to be published – just click “edit” next to “publish immediately” (which is the default for published posts) to select a date and time for your post to be published.

When you’re satisfied with how your post looks, click “Publish”. If you must, you can go back and edit your published posts, just remember to click “Update” so your changes will be published; however, it is preferable to preview your post as much as possible so you can avoid updating posts.

Deleting Your Posts and Comments

If you ever want to delete a post, click “Posts” box on the left-hand column from your Dashboard. Select the post you want to delete. Then click “Move to Trash” under the “Publish” box on the right-hand column.

If you want to delete a comment that you made, click “Comments” box on the left-hand column from your Dashboard. Hover your mouse over the comment that you wish to delete, and you will see a list of options appear underneath the comment (Unapprove | Reply | Quick Edit | Edit | Spam | Trash  )      Click “Trash” to delete the comment.