Conferences & Events

Together Wherever recordings now available! Watch what you missed, rewatch what you loved.

Thanks for joining us for ACRL Together Wherever! We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the presenters who shared their content and to everyone who attended this week of virtual programming and networking opportunities for the academic and research library community. You made it all possible!

Recordings of all sessions are now freely available. Watch what you missed, rewatch what you loved.

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Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Submit your ideas for presentation at ACRL 2021 in Seattle, April 14-17, 2021, where we will explore the theme Ascending into An Open Future in the hometown of the iconic, soaring Space Needle. Registration opens in July 2020!


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Scholarship applications open summer 2020.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Join ACRL in Seattle!

The Emerald City features the best of the northwest; artisans, indie boutiques, live music, natural beauty, fresh ingredients, wineries, breweries, and dedication to all things local and sustainable.

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Logo for 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with text: "ALA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference. Read More.

The American Library Association’s Executive Board has announced that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The ACRL Board of Directors is planning to hold a Spring Virtual Board Meeting on April 8, 2020, and will be discussing how ACRL can best support its membership groups, their work, and programming in light of the cancelation of the ALA Annual Conference. We will be updating the ACRL at 2020 ALA Annual Conference page as more information becomes available.

Immersion '20 logoACRL Immersion Program

August 2-7, 2020 | Chicago, IL

We regret to inform you that the 2020 Immersion Program has been cancelled.

We have been carefully monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local health authorities to make a good decision about whether to hold the program, given it is still more than four months away.  However, Loyola just notified us that they were no longer able to provide the campus facilities that are crucial for the program. Given this information, we are cancelling the 2020 Immersion Program. We realize that these are unprecedented times and that the health and safety of both Loyola’s campus community and our membership is of utmost importance.

We are grateful to those of you who have already registered and thank the Immersion Facilitators, who were planning what would have been an excellent program. 

Immersion '21 will be held at Loyola University, July 18-23, 2021. Details will be available fall 2020.

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2019 LIAL attendee pictureLeadership Institute for Academic Libraries

July 26-31, 2020 | Cambridge, MA

With equal measures of regret and acknowledgement of current world events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 offering of the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL).

Applications are now open for Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, offered July 26 – 31, 2020.

As technology redefines how we access information, library leaders are called upon to provide a new kind of leadership: They must guide their staffs and constituents to understand the fast-changing information landscape and work strategically to ensure that libraries remain a vital resource for campus communities.

The Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians helps college-level librarians and administrators deepen their management skills and prepare to become more effective leaders in a time of institutional change. The program focuses on three areas of leadership — planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning — with an overarching goal of increasing your leadership and management capacity.

  • Assess the preparedness of your organization to meet current and future challenges and opportunities
  • Identify your own leadership strength and weaknesses and create action steps for utilizing strengths and develop growth areas
  • Understand the role of today’s academic library in light of emerging technological growth

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