ACRL Insider launches

Contact: David Free
(312) 280-2517

For Immediate Release,
January 8, 2008

ACRL Insider launches

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the debut of a new weblog, ACRL Insider. The blog is available online at

The mission of ACRL Insider is to keep ACRL members and other interested parties current and informed on the activities, services and programs of the association. ACRL Insider features information on publications, events, conferences and eLearning opportunities, along with podcasts and other media. With the launch of this new communication tool, ACRL hopes to foster openness and transparency by providing an outlet for connection between members and staff. In order to encourage a collaborative environment, all ACRL Insider posts allow for reader comments and suggestions.

"We are pleased to add another opportunity to dialogue with members and others interested in the business of ACRL. I encourage academic and research librarians to subscribe to ACRL Insider and to share your responses to our posts," said Mary Ellen K. Davis, Executive Director, ACRL.

ACRL Insider focuses on communicating information about the association to members and the wider academic library community, while the existing ACRLog weblog ( continues to address the issues of the day in the field of academic and research librarianship. The blogs work in tandem to provide a big picture view of the association and academic librarianship.

ACLR Insider is available for subscription by RSS at or through email by visiting

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.