Category Archives: Conferences

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.


Registration Now Open for IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Pre-Conference

The IFLA World Congress will be in the U.S. this year, and you have the opportunity to participate in one of the IFLA pre-conferences in Chicago. Registration is now open for “Information and Artifactual Literacies: Engaging Minds in Libraries and Museums”, the IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite, co-sponsored by ACRL and DePaul University, on August 11-12, 2016. Visit the satellite pre-conference website to register and take advantage of early bird rates.

Curiosity and critical thinking skills are habits of mind that librarians, archivists, and museum educators strive to develop and exercise in their students, researchers, and visitors. The pre-conference will feature the myriad and innovative ways in which primary sources, special collections, and museum resources can be integrated into instructional programs. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this international experience.

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.


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