Category Archives: Conferences

57th Annual RBMS Conference Registration Open

rbms-2016conference-headerlogo-xsRegistration is now open for the 57th Annual ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Conference. Themed Opening Doors to Collaboration, Outreach and Diversity, the conference will be held June 21 – 24, 2016, in Coral Gables, FL.

Opening Doors to Collaboration, Outreach and Diversity seeks to explore and demonstrate the myriad ways special collections and archives can engage and interact with multiple constituencies. The boundaries of special collections and archives are fluid; they not only document our shared cultural heritage, they are integrally shaped by the cultural circumstances in which they exist. Join us as we open our doors and our minds to find ways to continually engage in productive conversation.

Conference is limited to 400 registrants. Register by May 20, 2016, and save $50!


Free ACRL Webcast – Tips for ACRL 2017 Proposal Submissions (3/3)

acrl_2017_4colorAre you interested in submitting a proposal for the ACRL 2017 Conference? Join members of the ACRL 2017 Conference Committee for a free hour-long webcast at 1:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 3, 2016. During this live webcast, committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on submitting your best ACRL 2017 conference proposal. Learn about the overall process, see examples of successful proposals, and discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission.

Jim Neal, ACRL 2017 Conference Chair; Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, ACRL 2017 Panel Sessions Co-Chair, University of Michigan; Rhonda Huisman, ACRL 2017 Contributed Papers Co-Chair, Marian University; Cindy Steinhoff, ACRL 2017 Workshops Co-Chair, Anne Arundel Community College.

How to register
Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Wednesday, March 2. Webcast log-in details will be sent out the afternoon prior to the live event. The session will be recorded and the recording will be available on the ACRL 2017 website shortly after the live event.

For more information
Check out the complete ACRL 2017 Call for Participation to learn more. Contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail with questions.

ACRL in Boston

MW16_logo_RGB150x179Join ACRL for the wide array of association events at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 8-12, 2016, in Boston. Make sure to visit the conference scheduler to plan your Midwinter Meeting experience.

Framework for Information Literacy Update
How has the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education grown and developed over the last year? Join ACRL for the update session Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: Examples and Ideas to learn more about the Framework. The session will explore examples and themes in Framework dialogue and practice. Attendees will also learn about the Framework Advisory Board Action Plan for providing resources to support and encourage librarians in their use and understanding of the Framework. Copies of the new print Framework booklet will be available for attendees. The session will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on January 10, 2016, in room 153AB of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Value of Academic Libraries Update
Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee for an update session on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative on Sunday, January 10. Learn about a proposed new objective for ACRL’s strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, to demonstrate how libraries advance issues of equity, access, institutional diversity, and inclusion. Four librarians will present examples of library programs that advance these issues and add value by contributing to university or college goals specifically regarding equity, access to college, and inclusion. The update will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in 253C of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

SPARC/ ACRL Forum Covers Public Access Policies
Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively. The SPARC-ACRL Forum, Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work, will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. The forum will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, in room 253C of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

ACRL Metrics Workshop and User Group Meeting
Providing data and statistics is a growing part of the academic library assessment process. ACRL and Counting Opinions invite you to attend a demonstration of ACRLMetrics on Saturday, January 9. The free demo and user group meeting will highlight key capabilities including peer group comparisons, built-in report templates, and export capabilities. The session will be held from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. in room 105 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information, please visit the ACRL Metrics website.

ACRL, Choice Booth Giveaways
Visit the ACRL booth (#1461) in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and register to win free registration to ACRL 2017! Themed At the Helm – leading Transformation, ACRL 2017 will be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore. The conference call for participation is now available on the conference website.

Also make sure to stop by the Choice booth (#1465) to see a demonstration of Choice Reviews Online 3, and enter a drawing for a chance to win an iPad Mini. All booth visitors also receive a free Choice coin purse while supplies last.

ACRL/ Harvard LIAL Alumni Activities

The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) is holding two events for ACRL/ Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) alumni and others interested in the program. The ACRL/LIAL Alumni Information Session will be held from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Otis Room. An alumni reception will follow from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Commonwealth C Room. RSVP online by Monday, January 4. More information on LIAL is available on the program website.


Present Your Ideas at ACRL 2017- Call for Participation Available!

acrl_2017_4colorACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2017, At the Helm: Leading Transformation.  Submit your proposal via the Call for Participation available on the conference website.

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 Program Proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference Due September 1

AC16_LOGO_RGB150x150As a reminder, ACRL program proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando are due September 1, 2015.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2016 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2015.  ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals.

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.

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