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. See the Call for Participation to submit your ideas and share your expertise.

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

Library Leadership in a Digital Age
March 17-19, 2016, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Library Leadership in a Digital Age brings together faculty experts, policymakers, and library leaders to consider the current state and future direction of the profession. Examine fundamental changes occurring in the field of knowledge management and consider their implications for libraries, information services, and library leadership.

ACRL Preconferences at ALA Annual Conference
Friday, June 26, 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 Call for Participation is now available for this preconference to be held in conjunction with the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Conference (Columbus, Ohio, USA, August 13-19, 2016).  The satellite preconference will be held at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 11-12, 2016.  The satellite is co-sponsored by ACRL and DePaul University Library.

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.

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.