Category Archives: Conferences

You Are Ms. Marvel!

dc smallWatch your mailbox for the latest limited edition ACRL Conference poster and be an official ACRL 2015 superhero by entering our poster contest. Simply post a pic yourself as Ms. Marvel on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #acrl2015, or share on the ACRL 2015 Facebook page, to win FREE HOTEL accommodations at the conference.

ACRL 2015 will be held March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Early bird registration is open now! We’ll see you next year in Portland.

Introduce A Keynote Speaker At ACRL 2015

acrl2015We are looking for videos about why YOU should introduce one of the keynote speakers at the ACRL 2015 conference. Choose your favorite keynote speaker (G. Willow Wilson, Jad Abumrad, or Lawrence Lessig) and submit a video about why you would be the best choice to introduce that person. Are you a comic-book-crazed member of the Kamala core? Is your iPod jammed full of Radiolab podcasts? Do copyright restrictions make you foam at the mouth? Video entries should be no more than 3 minutes in length in any format you like. Have fun with it and be creative!  Tell us what inspires you about this person, and why you’d do their introduction justice.

lessigabumradwillowIf selected, you’ll be invited to introduce the keynote on stage at the conference in Portland, Oregon. You’ll prepare and present an introduction that is about 3 minutes in length (but absolutely no longer than 5 minutes) to an audience of approximately 3,000 of your academic peers and colleagues. You will also receive…

  • The chance to meet your idol! Imagine yourself hanging out backstage rubbing elbows…
  • An invitation to the exclusive ACRL 2015 Chairs’ reception at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, March 26.
  • Serious fun and laughs, glory and fame, and a great cocktail party story for years to come.

To enter, simply post your video online (using YouTube or any way that is most convenient for you), tag it with acrl2015 and complete the very brief Keynote Introduction Submission Form. The deadline for entries if 11:59 pm central on November 21, 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

Complete details, including full contest rules and regulations, are available on the ACRL 2015 website. For more information, contact ACRL Conference Supervisor Tory Ondrla at tondrla@

Also, make sure to watch your snail mail for the second limited edition ACRL Conference poster! Be an official ACRL 2015 superhero by entering our poster contest to win FREE HOTEL accommodations in Portland. More information is available on the mailing.

ACRL 2015 Scholarship Applications Due Nov. 7!

acrl2015Scholarship applications to attend ACRL 2015 are due on Friday, November 7. ACRL is offering approximately 175 scholarships worth more than $110,000 for the conference to be held March 25 — 28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

ACRL typically funds about 100 conference scholarships and this year initiated a new Kick Start the Future campaign in honor of the association’s 75th anniversary that seeks to raise the $50,000 needed to fund the 75 additional scholarships. Information on donating to the campaign is available on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.

Scholarships to ACRL 2015 are available in the following categories:

  • Early-career Librarian Scholarships – provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Mid-career Librarian Scholarships (new for ACRL 2015) – provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Library Support Staff Scholarships – provide opportunities for library support staff to attend the premier event for academic and research libraries.
  • Library School Student Scholarships – provide opportunities for library school students to learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries.
  • Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants – provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to attend the ACRL conference for professional development and networking with colleagues or mentors through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
  • Virtual Conference Scholarships – provide unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking online.

To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2015 website.  For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Tory Ondrla at or (312) 280-2515.

Reminder – ACRL 2015 Proposals Due November 3

acrl2015ACRL 2015 poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due November 3, 2014.  Complete details are available in the ACRL 2015 Call for Participation.

ACRL 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 25-28, 2015.  The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.  We encourage proposal submissions representing all types of libraries and aspects of librarianship.  ACRL 2015 offers a variety of session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles.  From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is surely a format best suited to your ideas.

Please review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission; we also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

Complete details about ACRL 2015 are on the conference website. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla by email at or phone (312) 280-2515.

ACRL 2015 Preconferences Announced

Registration is now available for preconferences to be held prior to the ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” in Portland, Ore.  ACRL is offering six preconferences on Wednesday, March 25, 2015; separate registration is required.

Full-day Preconferences: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Developing Research Questions, Methods, and Habits of Mind: A Workshop for Innovative and Sustainable Research: Both experienced and new librarian researchers will gain new perspectives on their research as they practice developing and refining research questions, explore options for choosing research methods and discuss ways to develop the habits of mind of creative, productive researchers.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Practical Approaches for Developing Data Management Services: Through a sequence of modules, attendees will leave this session with knowledge of the diverse data management landscape, strategies to engage their campus communities and a plan for starting or enhancing data management services.

Half-day Preconferences : Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (9:00 a.m. — noon)

Creating a Culture of Assessment: Norming Rubrics to Nurture IL Instructional Practice: Facilitators will lead participants through norming a sample IL rubric, rating student work, and critiquing sample rubrics. Examine the rubric creation process through the lens of our shared norming experience in order to provide essential hands-on practice for continued implementation.

If You Build It, They Will Come… and Succeed: Developing a Co-Curricular Workshop Series to Add Value to the Student Employee Experience: This preconference will provide participants with the framework and tools necessary to develop and implement a workshop program designed to supplement student employees’ learning experiences at their own institutions in order to contribute to student academic success.

New Leadership for New Times: Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency as Required Skills: This interactive preconference focuses on assisting leaders, managers, prospective leaders in becoming more proactive with diversity, culturally competency and the art of inclusion within their work environment and leadership situations.

Tutorials Toolkit: Creating Sustainable Library Instruction: Through a variety of interactive activities, attendees will develop the concepts, framework, and skills needed to create a cohesive and sustainable suite of online video tutorials. Attendees will leave the workshop with a toolkit to craft their own collection of information literacy tutorials.

Complete details on ACRL 2015 preconferences, including learning outcomes and registration materials, are available on the conference website.

For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Margot Conahan at

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