ACRL accepting proposals for 2009 National Conference

Contact: Margot Conahan
(312) 280-2522

For Immediate Release,
February 5, 2008

ACRL accepting proposals for 2009 National Conference

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference Executive Committee invites proposal submissions for its 14th National Conference, which will be held March 12-15, 2009 in Seattle.

The conference offers a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, "Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend," reflects the promise and the challenge of the Northwest. The ACRL National Conference Executive Committee invites applicants to send their edgiest, most "out-there" proposals, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Proposals are sought for a variety of formats, including contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, workshops, poster sessions and roundtable discussions. Descriptions of session formats are online at

Applicants are encouraged to investigate the issues and topics described as part of the conference themes. Conference theme descriptions are available at

Deadlines for proposal submissions are as follows:

  • May 12, 2008 - Contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops
  • October 20, 2008 - Poster sessions
  • November 23, 2008 - Roundtable discussions

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at (Click "Proposals"). Proposals must be submitted via the online proposal form, available at

Complete details about the conference are online at Direct questions about the call for presentation and the 14th ACRL National Conference to Margot Conahan at, or by phone at (312) 280-2522.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.