Who are the Friends of ACRL?
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 ACRL RBMS 2014 Preconference scholarships ($3,915)
- Seventy-five scholarships to attend the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland ($57,869)
How do I become a Friend?
Please join today by going to http://www.ala.org/cfapps/donations_rsm/index.cfm. Click on the online credit card donation link, and after logging in, choose ALA Divisions and Offices from the menu on the left. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2523.
To participate, simply choose which funds you would like to support.
Professional Development Fund
This fund supports the continuing professional education of ACRL members at every stage of their careers by underwriting scholarships for promising students, supporting conference attendance for new ACRL members, and assisting all ACRL members, from the newest to the most experienced, in augmenting their knowledge and expertise.
Innovative Programming Fund
This fund supports the incubation of ground-breaking programs with the potential to enhance the ability of academic librarians to deliver excellent services, and rewards exemplary and innovative programs that have set new standards for library services.
This fund supports initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and on the research environment. The Advocacy Fund helps ACRL increase its influence with respect to recruitment and retention, academic and communication technology, public policy affecting higher education, major trends and issues in libraries, partnerships with other organizations, and accrediting entities.
Board Strategic Plan Initiative Fund
This fund provides the means by which the ACRL Board may strengthen any one of its priority goals and/or strategic objectives as the need arises.
William Moffett Memorial Fund
This fund honors the memory of former ACRL President William Moffett whose visionary leadership and dedication to excellence in all aspects of academic librarianship continues to instruct and inspire.
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:
- Special listing in C&RL News Annual Report
- Special listing on the Friends of ACRL web site
- Friend of ACRL ribbon
- Invitation to ACRL receptions
- Special seating at ACRL National Conference & President's programs