ACRL E-mail Updates and Discussion Lists

ACRL offers e-mail update services and discussion lists to keep you informed about important issues within the association and the academic and research librarianship arena.

First-time users should go to the  ALA Mailing Lists Service Web page and click on the "Send me a password" link near the bottom of the page.  Once the password has arrived, return to the interface and and log-in.  Click "view all lists" to view all public lists.

To subscribe to a list, click on the "view all lists" link in the center-left of the main ALA Mailing Lists Service Web page.   All the lists that are available for subscription will be displayed.  After clicking on the name of the list you wish to join, click the red "subscribe" link on the left hand side of the page.  That's it!  You'll receive confirmation of the subscription via email. 

Manage your subscriptions by logging in to the  ALA Mailing Lists Service Web page and clicking the "Your subscriptions" link in the top-right of the page.  From here, click on the name of the list you wish to administer.

Discussion List Guidelines
Due to ALA's tax exemption as a 501(c)(3), ALA resources cannot be used to support or oppose any candidate for public office. Nor can they be used to link to other sites that contain such support or opposition. Neither can ALA's resources be used to suggest or support boycotts or to make defamatory remarks.

AASL/ACRL Information Literacy Discussion List
The INFOLIT discussion list is an initiative of the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy. It is a forum for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.

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Academic PR
Academic PR is an e-mail discussion list created to assist academic and research librarians in sharing ideas and best practices in marketing and public relations. This resource has been developed for the Academic and Research Library Campaign, an initiative cosponsored by ACRL and ALA as part of @ your library, The Campaign for America’s Libraries.

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ACRL Forum
ACRL Forum is an open, unmoderated discussion list for issues pertinent to ACRL, academic and research librarianship, and higher education. The list provides a great opportunity to share your insight into the world of academic and research libraries and librarians, keep abreast of the big issues, and network with colleagues.

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ACRL Sections
Each of ACRL's seventeen sections hosts an e-mail discussion list on relevant topics.  Most of the sections use the Sympa interface, but some maintain a separate system.   Click here for subscription information.

ACRL Update
ACRL Update is an e-mail notification service designed to keep you informed about ACRL initiatives, professional development opportunities, publications, and other items of interest in the academic and higher education community.

To receive ACRL Update, visit the subscription page.

Legislative Update
The activities relevant to the Legislative Update list are now being handled through ALA's Legislative Action Center at

Scholarly Communication
The scholarly communication discussion list is a forum for the examination and analysis of topics such as open access to scholarly information, new models of scholarly publishing, increasing journal prices, copyright law and policy, related technologies, and federal information law and policies that impact the access of scholars, students, and the general public to scholarly information.

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