Who are the Friends of ACRL?

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The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for ACRL to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL are responding to these "new challenges" by giving additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession.

Why become a Friend?

By becoming a Friend of ACRL, you will help supplement the funding of initiatives that will strengthen and assure the importance of our profession in this time of dramatic change. Specifically, you can help open new worlds to the academic librarian community and specifically to MLS students, entry-level and minority academic librarians. You can enrich our profession by supporting the development of cutting-edge seminars and workshops. You can promote excellence within our profession by supporting advocacy initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and on the research environment. You can support initiatives that strengthen any one of the ACRL priority goals and/or strategic plan.

To date, Friends Funds have provided support for:

  • ACRL 2003 National Conference scholarships ($6,825)
  • 2003 Best Practices Marketing Awards ($3,544) 
  • Nine Virtual National Conference scholarships for international members ($1,485)
  • Two CONPAB and CACUL National Conference attendees ($3,000)
  • Ten 2005 National Conference preconference scholarships ($5,000)
  • Three 2006 ACRL/ARL Scholarly Communications Institute Scholarships ($1,800)
  • 2007 RBMS Diversity Committee recruitment visits to Seattle universities ($1,000)
  • Five Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Grants to attend 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. ($3,000)
  • Fifteen ACRL 2009  National Conference Scholarships ($8,625)
  • Three ACRL RBMS 2009 Preconference scholarships ($2,315)
  • Ten ACRL 2011 Conference scholarships ($6,250)
  • Three grants to attend the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color ($2,702)
  • Ten ACRL 2013 Conference scholarships ($6,300)
  • Eleven ACRL RBMS 2013 Preconference scholarships ($3,335)
  • Support for the ALA Spectrum Scholar Program ($6,500)
  • Uploading College & Research Libraries back files ($10,000)
  • Support for the Library Copyright Alliance Project ($4,167)
  • Support for a Scholarly Communication workshop ($4,500)
  • Support for additional consulting and coaching of the “Assessment in Action” facilitation/design team ($7,800)
  • Fourteen 2014 RBMS 2014 Conference scholarships ($3,915)
  • Seventy-five scholarships to attend the ACRL 2015 Conference ($57,869)
  • Ten 2015 RBMS Conference scholarships ($3,960)
  • Seventy-three scholarships to attend the 2017 ACRL Conference ($61,500)
  • Scholarships to attend the 2017 RBMS Conference ($4,920)
  • Eighty-nine scholarships to attend the 2019 ACRL Conference ($64,750)
  • Twenty-six 2019 RBMS Conference scholarships ($11,655)
  • Matching funds to support the Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Office FY19 Giving Tuesday campaign ($6,500)

How do I become a Friend?

  • Please join today by going to https://ec.ala.org/donate. As you consider making a donation, please remember two things: the impact that your donation will have on the future of our profession and that your donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
  • If you would prefer to mail in your donation, you may print this form from the Friends of ACRL Web page and mail it to:
    The Friends of ACRL, Association of College & Research Libraries, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.
  • For more information, please contact Mary Jane Petrowski at  mpetrowski@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2523.

To participate, simply choose which funds you would like to support.

ACRL Advancement Fund
The ACRL Advancement Fund broadly supports the activities of ACRL with a focus on initiatives and programs that advance the priorities, goals, and core commitment of the division. This includes programs and initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and research and dedication to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries.

ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund
The ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund supports attendance at the biennial ACRL conference for promising students, early and mid-career librarians. It seeks to increase diversity and enhance access to knowledge and expertise for the next generation of academic and research librarians.
2015 ACRL Conference Scholarship Campaign Impact Report

RBMS Scholarships Fund
This fund supports attendance at the annual Preconference of the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section by new professionals, and qualified students and support staff, with some scholarships designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.

Become a Friend today!

When you join the Friends of ACRL family, you are making a commitment to the future of our profession. Your tax deductible donation (to the extent allowed by law) will advance the growth, change, and development of academic librarians by strengthening and expanding ACRL's programs and opportunities.

Receive Special Recognition
Friends of ACRL receive special recognition including:

Friends Fund Donation Form

Online Donation Form