Conferences, Preconferences, and Institutes


RBMS 2018 Conference

June 19 - 22, 2018, New Orleans, LA

The theme for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2018 Conference is Convergence.  Join RBMS in New Orleans and consider our field’s preparedness for increasing environmental vulnerabilities on our facilities, our readiness for the inclusion of different people and cultures in what we collect, how we perform outreach and programming, who we select to staff and lead our repositories, and, finally, our willingness to democratize all of our materials, including but not limited to rare books, archival and digital records, films, maps, and photographs.

ACRL 2019 Conference

ACRL 2019 conference logo

April 10-13, 2019, Cleveland, OH
ACRL 2019 features more than 500 conference programs selected and presented by leaders in the profession. ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2019. The Call for Participation is now available!

ACRL @ ALA Midwinter Meeting

Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices (February 9, 2018)
The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.

Applying Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Manuscripts) (February 12, 2018)
Gain an introduction to DCRM(MSS) during this workshop held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting.  This interactive workshop will include a brief introduction to the manual's guiding principles, discussion of how manuscript cataloging differs from the cataloging of published materials, an introduction to the treatment of major elements of the catalog record in DCRM(MSS), and hands-on practice in applying DCRM(MSS), using provided examples.

ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

ACRL Programs at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans

Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success (June 22, 2018)
In this day-long preconference on strategic and sustainable assessment, participants will identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results.

Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library (June 22, 2018)
If you're a liaison librarian or functional specialist curious about how to translate your skills and approaches to reference interviews into strategies for consulting on digital scholarship topics, this hands-on preconference is for you!


ACRL Immersion Program
July 29-August 3, 2018, St. Paul, MN

The ACRL Information Literacy Program is an intensive, five day program designed for those who contribute to the educational role of libraries in higher education. The curriculum is built upon four cornerstones: critical reflective practice, design thinking, leadership, and information literacy. Registration is now available.

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians
July 29-August 3, 2018, Cambridge, MA

Applications are now open for Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. This institute will address three areas of direct relevance to college and university library leaders — planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning — with an overarching goal of increasing your leadership and management capabilities. A special tuition opportunity is available for ACRL members.