Conferences and Preconferences


ACRL 2015
Portland, March 25-28, 2015
The ACRL 2015 conference will feature more than 300 carefully curated conference programs to help you stay at the forefront of the profession. The Call for Participation is now available.

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

Links to Annual Conference program and preconference information.

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.

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


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.