Category Archives: Conferences

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

AC16_LOGO_RGB150x150Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

The amount of time involved is up to you and your buddy. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 program from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25  in the Orange County Convention Center (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans) or at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can meet at the ACRL Membership Booth (#1143) and get your membership ribbons, register for free crab cakes, and more.

Interested? Sign up now. The deadline is Monday, June 15.

ACRL Program Proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

There will be a virtual meeting at 1:00 p.m. CST on April 28, 2016, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2017 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips. Please note that the Annual Conference program planning process spans fourteen months, lasting until June 2017.

RSVP online to attend the April 28 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2017 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2016. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2017 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2016.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

ACRL Preconferences @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference 2016ACRL is offering three preconferences in conjunction with the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Friday, June 24, 2016. Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are on the ACRL website.

Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information LiteracyThis half-day, hands-on preconference will build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve elements of scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (i.e., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts: Redesigning a Library Instruction Lesson PlanThe Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education offers a more conceptual approach to information literacy instruction by providing a set of “interconnected core concepts” rather than standards. In this full-day preconference, learn and put into practice strategies to incorporate these threshold concepts into lesson design.

Teaching Data Information Literacy: A Hands-on IntroductionThis interactive preconference, presented by the ACRL Instruction Section, consists of two parts. First, presenters will share their experiences in developing instruction around data information literacy. Part two will be conducted through hands-on exercises, in which participants will have the opportunity to formulate what they see as the most important skills for their target audience to acquire.

ACRL 2017 Proposal Submissions – May 6 Deadline

ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2017 logoACRL 2017, At the Helm: Leading Transformation. Submit your proposal via the Call for Participation available on the conference website. Mark your calendars!  Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 6, 2016.

Why Present at ACRL 2017?

  • Advocate for your research, project or initiative.
  • Expand your connections and get feedback from the best in the profession.
  • Boost your professional experience and confidence.
  • Invite new collaborations and opportunities into your life.
  • Inspire your colleagues by presenting on the most dynamic issues and ideas facing the profession.
  • Be published in the online ACRL 2017 Conference Proceedings (contributed papers).
  • Add your presentation to your CV and feel good about contributing to the profession.
  • Good work juju (it’s true, ACRL presenters receive good juju all year long).

A Format for Everyone

ACRL 2017 offers eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is a format best suited to your ideas.

Get Started

Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create a conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

Due Dates

Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 6, 2016. Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due October 14, 2016.

Mark Your Calendars!

ACRL 2017 will be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration opens May 2016. Check out the conference website for complete details. Questions should be directed to

ACRL Receives Travel Portland Twin Spire Award

acrl2015The Travel Portland Board of Directors and Travel Portland staff have chosen ACRL to be a recipient of a 2016 Twin Spires Award for the ACRL 2015 Conference. The Twin Spires Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations for significant contribution to the promotion of convention business in Portland during the current fiscal year. ACRL will receive the award at Travel Portland’s Annual Tourism and Hospitality Industry Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 5.

Travel Portland works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel.

The ACRL 2017 Conference will be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.


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