2018 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/08/2018


Megan Griffin

Senior Program Officer



CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Hosted by ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 291-292.

Titled “Beyond Resilience: Crafting a Caring Organization,” the program will feature noted panelists Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, MIT; Fobazi M. Ettarh, Student Success Librarian, California State Dominguez Hills; Derrick Jefferson, Communication Librarian, American University; and Karen Schneider, Dean, University Library, Sonoma State University.  Eamon Tewell, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Long Island University Brooklyn, will moderate the program.

The ability to "bounce back" from crises, often known as resilience, is increasingly considered an essential skill in many different fields. A well-attended program at the ACRL 2017 Conference challenged academic librarians to think critically about how the term is used to shift responsibility for success and survival to individuals, while silencing conversations about structural inequalities. For some, this sparked overdue conversations and provided an opportunity to talk about something they had long understood. For others, it introduced a new way of understanding the term and how workplace resilience can have negative effects. For many, this led to another question: if asking employees to "be resilient" isn't enough, what can we do instead, as individuals or as organizations, to create caring and healthy workplaces in our libraries? In this program, these exciting panelists will share stories describing how they have dealt with major change and challenges and discuss how each of us can take steps to shape responsive and caring organizations.

The 2018 ACRL President’s Program is open to all conference attendees. Complete details about the 2018 ALA Annual Conference are online.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 10,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.