Tip Sheet #1

How to Participate in ACRL
Information for New Members

Options for Engagement

There are many ways to connect with ACRL. Active membership helps not only you but also your institution. As your participation in ACRL grows, so too will the value of your membership. ACRL will help you connect, contribute, and stay current. Be sure to check out the ACRL New Member Wiki for additional information on programs and services for new members

Attend Conference Programs, ACRL Board Meetings, Committee Meetings, Preconferences, or National Conferences

ALA and ACRL conferences offer wonderful opportunities to form professional relationships with colleagues from across the country and around the world. They provide showcases for new ideas, products, and services. For information on times, places and general program content, check the ACRL Conferences and Events , C&RL News, American Libraries, and official conference programs and schedules. For additional information, contact the ACRL office (800-545-2433, x2523 or acrl@ala.org ).

Serve on ACRL Committees or Participate in ACRL Sections, Interest or Discussion Groups

Do you want to grow and develop your leadership skills? Consider volunteering. ACRL committees, sections, interest, and discussion groups work year round virtually as well as face to face. Start by familiarizing yourself with the work of the unit: check the ACRL Directory of Leadership to discover the unit's statement of responsibility, read about the work of the unit as reported in C&RL News, and attend the meetings of the unit during ALA conferences. Submit a completed  committee volunteer form (published in the October issue of C&RL News). Communicate your interest to the ACRL Appointments Committee, to any of the ACRL officers, to the chair of an ACRL unit whose work interests you, or to the ACRL office.

Become an ACRL Author or Blogger

ACRL is the academic librarian’s publisher of choice. Advance the profession by publishing with ACRL. For C&RL, see instructions for authors for complete details, or contact the ACRL office for more information. For C&RL News, send materials to David Free ( dfree@ala.org), editor-in-chief, at the ACRL office. Contact Kathryn Deiss ( kdeiss@ala.org) regarding book proposals and monographs ideas. Interest in blogging for ACRLog? Contact Steven Bell ( bells@temple.edu).

Get Informed

Most association information, including current programs, units, policy statements, and publications is accessible through the ACRL homepage. For officer information, consult the ALA Handbook of Organization. Other information can be obtained by reading College & Research Libraries News ( C&RL News). Additionally, the brochure: "ACRL: Your Education Connection," and other brochures and catalogs, including the Publications Catalog, are available through the ACRL office. To receive information, assistance or advice on professional problems, contact the ACRL office, any of the ACRL officers, or the chair of an ACRL unit whose work relates to the matter.

Keep Up with the Profession

Members receive free subscriptions to C&RL and C&RL News. For a subscription to C&RL, C&RL News, RBM, or CHOICE, write to: CHOICE/ACRL Subscriptions, P.O. Box 141, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0141. Please allow at least two months or processing.

ACRL also publishes a wide range of monographs, statistics, and white papers, as well as standards and guidelines for the profession.

Network, Network, Network

ACRL offers many ways to connect with and learn from colleagues across library and institutional boundaries. Subscribe to any of ACRL’s many discussion lists and join your colleagues in exploring the issues, trends, and challenge of the day.  ALA Connect provides ways to find and connect with other members around professional interests, issues, advocacy, your job, and the work of the Association. Access ALA Connect using your ALA member login and password. ACRL OnPoint Chats are a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.