ACRL Professional Development Committee


To advise ACRL staff on matters related to professional development needs assessment, program development and evaluation, and elearning. Responsible for selecting and allocating funding to annual conference programs, selecting Midwinter workshops and institutes and Annual Conference preconferences, and awarding scholarships.


Rachel Besara (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Mr. Brian Cain (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Michael Courtney (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Elizabeth Kline (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Alexis D. Linoski (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Anne Marie Casey (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Patricia A. Kreitz (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2016. Last retrieved on 02/10/2016. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


  • A minimum of five members (i.e. a chair, vice-chair, and three members). Suggested 8-10 members (including chair, vice-chair).
  • Past-Chair serves as ex-officio representative to ALA Conference Program Coordinating Team and the ALA Library Education Assembly.
  • Additional appointments at the discretion of the Vice-President/President-Elect and Appointments Committee


At the ALA Annual Conference in 2005, the Professional Development Committee was transitioned into the Professional Development Coordinating Committee, an umbrella committee charged with coordinating the efforts of ACRL's professional development activities. In 2009, the committee charge was revised and new component committees established, including the Annual Conference Programs Committee, Midwinter Workshops and Annual Preconferences Committee, Scholarships Committee, and Virtual Institutes Committee. The Board also ended the Effective Practices Review Committee.  As of June 30, 2012, the Board dissolved the component committee umbrella structure and changed the name to the Professional Development Committee.

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Volunteer applications for ACRL division-level committees are accepted through February 15 for service the following committee term, which begins July 1. Visit for more information and a link to the volunteer form.

Staff Liaison

Margot Sutton Conahan
Manager of Professional Development
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL  60611-2788
Work: 312-280-2522