The MLA Convention Manual is a guide for individuals and groups involved in planning the annual meetings of the association. It contains guidelines, descriptions, and general schedules for the Program Committee and other people involved in the successful organizing of the convention.
Originally called a handbook, this manual was first prepared by Suzanne Thorin in 1982. Lenore Coral made extensive revisions in 1989. The Task Force to revise the Convention Manual, chaired by Christine Hoffman (other members: Ned Quist, Judy Tsou) further revised the manual between 1993 and 1994. In 1996 Board members Mark McKnight (Convention Manager section) and Judy Tsou (Program Committee and Local Arrangements sections) completed this version of the manual. Susan Hitchens brought the entire document into conformance with then current practice in 2000, when it became the Convention Manager’s ongoing responsibility to edit, revise, and update it. Gordon Rowley incorporated subsequent changes in 2003, revising and reformatting the document. Bonna Boettcher incorporated Board actions from 2003-2012, preparing substantial revisions to the document in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Laura Gayle Green incorporated Board actions from 2012-2014, with revisions in 2014. Diane Steinhaus incorporated Board actions from 2015-2016, with revisions in 2018.