Interest Groups

Designed to address emerging needs quickly, interest groups address areas of interest in academic librarianship. These short-term groups gather together to discuss the issues and provide members with the always-important informal networks for exchanging ideas and problem-solving.

Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group
A forum to discuss issues related to library service for graduate students, including instruction, outreach, reference, collections, and programming.

Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group
A forum for academic librarians to discuss issues related to all types of library service to international patrons.

Access Services Interest Group
Provides a broad framework for discussing topics and exploring areas of development in the field of Access Services.

African-American Studies Librarians Interest Group
Provides the resources—ideas, programs, discussion forums and networking opportunities—to support the development of African American Studies librarianship and resources in academic and research libraries.

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Interest Group
Represents librarians and specialists in the field of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern area studies and advises ACRL, in cooperation with other professional groups, in those areas of library service that require knowledge of Asian, African and Middle eastern languages and cultures.

Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group
Explores the concept of contemplative pedagogy in librarianship through demonstrating modes of integrating contemplative practices into library instruction and research life.

Digital Badges Interest Group
A forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas related to digital badges, particularly as they relate to libraries (of all types) and information literacy.

Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group
Open to all who want to share knowledge about the development of services and space in digital scholarship centers (e.g., scholars commons, research commons, etc.).

Health Sciences Interest Group
An opportunity for academic librarians with health sciences responsibilities to have a place in ACRL to network, share information, ask questions, and work on special projects relevant to the academic health sciences.

History Librarians Interest Group
A forum to discuss issues common to subject librarians in academic or research libraries, who are working with collections and researchers in the discipline of history.

Image Resources Interest Group
A forum for ongoing discussion of the unique issues presented by the development and support of interdisciplinary image resources in academic libraries.

Institutional Research Interest Group
A forum for discussing the use of data in decision-making at the institutional level, the role of librarians in data stewardship on their campuses, and the ways in which library data are included in data tools consulted by senior academic leaders in operational and strategic decisions at the campus level.

Librarianship in For-Profit Educational Institutions Interest Group
A forum for librarians in for-profit educational institutions to network, share knowledge, and collaborate on tasks, direction, and issues specific to their roles within the for-profit education industry.

Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Interest Group
Promotes discussion, programming, and projects that enhance the collaboration between LIS educators and academic librarians.

Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group
A forum for discussion regarding effective digital and print methods to disseminate information about the value of their respective academic and research libraries in the United States and around the globe, and the services and events they offer.

Readers' Advisory Interest Group
A forum for academic librarians who are interested in recreational reading promotion and reading scholarship.

Research Assessment and Metrics Interest Group
To provide a forum for discussion of trends and developments in the field of research metrics and scholarly impact and the many ways academic librarians can support their faculty, administrators and students to understand and measure.

Residency Interest Group
Supports the creation, implementation, management, and promotion of library residency programs.

Technical Services Interest Group
Provides a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services

Universal Accessibility Interest Group
Offers librarians, support staff, students, and other advocates networking and collaboration opportunities, information sharing and programming to promote accessibility in academic libraries, including web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities and captioning processes.

Virtual Worlds Interest Group
An opportunity for academic librarians with virtual world interests and responsibilities to have a place in ACRL to network, share information, ask questions, and work on special projects and programs relevant to academic libraries.