ACRL Sections

ACRL has fifteen sections to help members individualize their ACRL experience through specialized programming, preconferences, discussion lists, recognition, and focused activities.

Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) Roster | Website
Supports the study of those aspects of library service that require knowledge in the areas of human and societal studies such as anthropology, sociology, criminal justice or criminology and other related fields.

Arts Section (Arts) Roster | Website
Provides an umbrella organization for the promotion of library service in the field of visual and performing arts through discussion of current issues, the exchange of information, and the carrying out of suitable projects.

College Libraries Section (CLS) Roster | Website
Advances college librarianship and encourages the development of library services in baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions.

Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) Roster | Website
Serves to share common areas of interest to enhance library services and librarianship in libraries and learning resource centers in two-year institutions and to support the educational programs of these institutions.

Digital Scholarship Section (DSS) Roster | Website (Coming soon)
The Digital Scholarship Section (DSS) provides a forum for ACRL members engaged in exploring, adapting, and implementing emerging digital scholarship services. This includes the topics of digital curation in support of the lifecycle management of research; digital humanities to cultivate a community of practice involved in digital humanities research and development; and connecting researchers with numeric and geospatial data that is compiled by others. This section will sponsor discussions or programs that share the ways in which libraries are working toward these topics using scalable, efficient, and sustainable methods. This section will inform and educate librarians on digital scholarship trends and new technologies and collaborate with other organizations within the library profession and academe on issues concerning digital scholarship.

Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS) Roster | Website
Supports and promotes library services to off campus and distance education students; provides a vehicle for the professional development and exchange of ideas among librarians working with off campus and distance education students.

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Roster | Website
Serves the common interests of education and behavioral sciences librarians, including communications studies, psychology, and social work librarians. Members explore a host of issues in the areas of information literacy, effective use of technology in the classroom, collection development, scholarly communication, research, and other concerns pertaining to education and behavioral sciences librarianship.

European Studies Section (ESS) Roster | Website
Represents librarians and specialists in European affairs from ancient times to the present, and promotes the improvement of library services supporting study and research.

Instruction Section (IS) Roster | Website
Enhances the ability of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching, and research with respect to information literacy in higher education.

Literatures in English Section (LES) Roster | Website
Represents members of ACRL who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the selection, acquisition, organization, and use of information resources related to literatures in English.

Politics, Policy and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Roster | Website
Serves as an educational forum and information exchange for librarians with an interest or subject expertise in politics, policy and international relations.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Roster | Website
Exercises leadership in the local, national, and international special collections communities to represent and promote concerns related to rare books, manuscripts, and other special collections.

Science and Technology Section (STS) Roster | Website
The Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries provides a forum through which librarians in scientific and technical subject fields can achieve and maintain awareness of the impact and range of information with which they work; and promotes improved accessibility to and active use of this information.

University Libraries Section (ULS) Roster | Website
Advances university librarianship, university library service, and the development of university libraries in institutions with graduate programs.

Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Roster | Website
The Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries was formed to discuss, promote, and support women's studies collections and services in academic and research libraries.


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