Conferences & Events

ACRL offers a variety of professional development events, from conferences and in-depth institutes, to licensed workshops you can bring to your institution or region, and affordable online learning.  Check out our upcoming events.


ACRL 2017, At the Helm: Leading Transformation
March 22-25, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland
The ACRL 2017 conference will feature more than 300 carefully curated conference programs to help you stay at the forefront of the profession. Registration is now available!

The 57th Annual RBMS Conference, Opening Doors to Collaboration, Outreach and Diversity
June 21 - 24, 2016, Coral Gables, Florida
The conference seeks to explore and demonstrate the myriad ways special collections and archives can engage and interact with multiple constituencies. Join us to learn, discuss, share, and contemplate.

ACRL 2016 Annual Conference Presentations
June 23-28, 2016, Orlando, FL
Links to Annual Conference program and preconference information.

ALA Annual Conference Programs FAQ 
The ACRL Board approved a new process for managing the ACRL Annual Conference programs.  Visit the FAQ for complete details.

Upcoming Events

ACRL Preconferences at ALA Annual Conference
Friday, June 24, 2016 - Orlando, Florida

Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy
This half-day, hands-on workshop will build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve elements of scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (i.e., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts: Redesigning a Library Instruction Lesson Plan
The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education offers a more conceptual approach to information literacy instruction by providing a set of “interconnected core concepts” rather than standards. In this full-day preconference, participants will learn and put into practice strategies to incorporate these threshold concepts into lesson design.

Teaching Data Information Literacy: A Hands-on Introduction
This interactive preconference, presented by the ACRL Instruction Section, consists of two parts. First, presenters will share their experiences in developing instruction around data information literacy. Part two will be conducted through hands-on exercises, in which participants will have the opportunity to formulate what they see as the most important skills for their target audience to acquire.

2016 Immersion Program - Teacher and Program Tracks
July 24-29, 2016, Burlington,
Notifications for the Immersion '16 Program - Teacher and Program Tracks will be issued in February 2016.

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians
July 31-August 5, 2016, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians provides the tools and insight needed to improve your leadership effectiveness and help your library respond to a rapidly shifting competitive landscape. It is designed for those who must think strategically about emerging institutional and informational needs, changing expectations of library leaders, new technologies, and long-range plans for the library.

IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite Preconference - Information and Artifactual Literacies: Engaging Minds in Libraries and Museums
August 11-12, 2016, Chicago, Illinois

The IFLA World Congress will be in the US this year, and you have the opportunity to participate in one of the IFLA pre-conferences in Chicago.  Register now for the IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite, co-sponsored by ACRL and DePaul University.  This preconference will feature the myriad and innovative ways in which primary sources, special collections, and museum resources can be integrated into instructional programs. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this international experience.

2016 Women's Leadership Institute
December 6-9, 2016, Dana Point, California

Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders in higher education administration. Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards.  Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment and develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture.

2017 Immersion Program - Teaching with Technology Track
March 21-22, 2017 - Baltimore, Maryland
March 29-April 26, 2017 - Online

As teaching librarians develop instructional tools and experiences in increasingly technology-enhanced academic environments, there is a growing need in the profession to cultivate design-minded and outcomes-oriented pedagogies. The Immersion Teaching with Technology program will provide a practical framework for evaluating instructional technology in order to integrate it more effectively into face to face and/or online teaching.

Licensed Workshops

Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work
Bring this one-day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia.  The workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country upon request. 

Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action
Ongoing, upon request
Bring this one-day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia.  The workshop is led by one or two expert presenters at locations across the country upon request.

Regional Immersion Program
Ongoing, upon request

Bring the Immersion Program to your campus, chapter, or consortia.  Regional hosts can customize the program from the existing Immersion Program tracks.

Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement
Ongoing, upon request
Bring this one-day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Additionally, ACRL offers a partial subsidy on a competitive basis for five hosts each year. Full details are available each year in October; applications due in November.

Online Events

ACRL's online courses and Webcasts of conference programs, designed to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.  Check out the calendar of ACRL's e-learning events!

Future ACRL Conferences

Mark you calendar for the best professional development event in academic and research librarianship!

ACRL 2017
March 22 - 25, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

ACRL 2019
April 10-13, 2019
Cleveland, Ohio

ACRL 2021
April 14-17, 2021
Seattle, Washington

Past Events

Details about ACRL's past professional developments events including previous ALA Annual Conference presentations, ACRL Conferences, and Springboard Events.