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 2015
Portland, OR, March 25-28, 2015
The ACRL 2015 conference featured more than 300 carefully curated conference programs designed to help you stay at the forefront of the profession. The Virtual Conference is available to all face-to-face and virtual attendees.

ACRL 2015 Annual Conference Presentations
fSan Francisco, CA, June 25-30, 2015

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

The 56th Annual RBMS Conference, Preserve the Humanities! Special Collections as Liberal Arts Laboratory
Oakland, CA, June 23-26, 2015 

The conference will explore the role of special collections libraries in the context of larger trends in the humanities and higher education. Join us to learn, discuss, share, and contemplate.
Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to assess and improve your teaching practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection.  Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.
Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California

Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions.  
This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.
Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California

When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.
Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California

Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.
ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians
July 26-31, 2015, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Institute details important leadership concepts and applies them to the practical challenges of leading and managing the academic library. The curriculum addresses three areas—planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning—with an overarching goal of increasing your leadership and management capacity.

2015 Immersion Program - Teacher and Program Tracks
August 2-7, 2015, Seattle, Washington

The application deadline has passed for the Immersion '15 Program - Teacher and Program tracks. 

2015 Immersion Program - Assessment and Intentional Teacher Tracks
November 2015, Nashville, Tennessee
Application materials are now available for the Immersion '15 Program - Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks

Licensed Workshops

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.

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
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.