Conferences and Preconferences


ACRL 2017, At the Helm: Leading Transformation
March 22-25, 2017, Baltimore, MD
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 (website available soon)
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.

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


ACRL Preconferences at ALA Annual Conference (websites available soon)
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.). This workshop will provide participants with skills and ideas using the ACRL Framework and Intersections white paper by focusing on developing pedagogical strategies for effectively reaching students and faculty on a wide range of scholarly communication issues. The target audience for the workshop is academic librarians with responsibilities related to coordinating and teaching in the areas of scholarly communication and information literacy.

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. Participants will backwards plan to identify learning outcomes and teaching strategies to help students breach troublesome points in their learning, and explore assessment methods for these threshold concepts. The interactive format will model active learning strategies that participants can use and provide opportunities for structured peer feedback on draft lesson plans.

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. Participants will then develop a lesson plan addressing those needs. Learn how to define data information literacy and competencies, examine the differences between DIL and data, and create a draft lesson plan for a DIL instruction session.