Please treat everyone you interact with with respect and professionalism. Think of Connect like driving: it only works when people obey basic rules of the road, common sense, and shared politeness. When these things happen, this tool works well!
Learn more at our Community Guidelines page.
You can start new topics or reply to existing one using the online forum or via email. When you get an email message with a new post on a topic you are following, you can give your public reply to that post just by replying to the email. Your post will appear as a threaded reply online in the forum page as well.
Using the website or mobile app, you can choose which posts to follow and how you’d like to follow them. Some users want an email for every reply to every topic. Some prefer daily summaries. Others want to see replies only to the topics that they have already participated in. It’s all up to you.
Most members of a community choose one of these options:
These email notification settings also control the alerts and notifications that will appear to you on the website view of BLI Connect. See more about Advanced Notification Preferences below.
If you have an account on blionline.org, then you are already a part of BLI Connect, and you can start participating in all the communities you have access to.
Log in to blionline.org to access BLI Connect.
BLI Connect offers many different communities, each organized around a broad theme or shared professional experience/role.
Your access to any community is based on your BLI membership settings. Some Connect communities are open to all BLI members; other communities are only available to those who are members of specific groups, committees, etc. These memberships are indicated in your account profile at BLIonline.org. Questions about how to participate in any Connect community can be answered by our member service team.
To access a community, click on its name from the BLI Connect welcome page.
Post a new topic to start a new discussion, ask a question, or share your insight.
Steps to post a new topic:
There are several ways to engage on BLI Connect.
Ways to interact with a post:
You are helping the community when you flag a post that is inappropriate for any reason. Sometimes, a post or message might simply be irrelevant in the wrong category. Other times (we hope rarely, if ever!), content might be rude, abusive, or explicit.
When you flag a message, you will presented with the option to message the user who posted it in order to address the behavior or content you find objectionable.
Learn more about our Community Guidelines.
There are many ways to customize your experience on BLI Connect to make sure you are seeing the content you want in the way you want it. Alert, notifications, and emails are are customizable on a per-topic basis, and with global settings on your account.
Options for following a post:
Note that you have many other ways to customize your experience in your account settings. You can also see exactly how you are following posts in each of your communities.
A profile picture can help other users get a sense of who you are. It helps “put a face to a name.”
Steps to add your profile picture: