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The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for ACRL to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL is a response to these "new challenges" and renders a means for academic librarians to give additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession.
The ACRL Advancement Fund broadly supports the activities of ACRL with a focus on initiatives and programs that advance the priorities, goals, and core commitment of the division. This includes programs and initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and research and dedication to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries.
Over the past several years, the Advancement Fund has awarded over $37,000 to support projects such as Project Outcome for Academic Libraries, digitizing the C&RL News archive, and the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program.Give to the Advancement Fund
Conference Scholarship Fund
The ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund supports attendance at the biennial ACRL conference for promising students, early and mid-career librarians, and library staff. It seeks to increase diversity and enhance access to knowledge and expertise for the next generation of academic and research librarians.
Since 2003, ACRL has awarded over 350 scholarships worth $234,000 from this fund. Read more about the ACRL 2021 recipients and how their scholarship made a difference in their professional lives.Give to the Conference Scholarship Fund
RBMS Scholarships Fund
This fund supports attendance at the annual Rare Book and Manuscripts Section Conference by new professionals, and qualified students and support staff, with some scholarships designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.
Since 2012, over 150 scholarships worth $32,000 have been awarded from this fund.Give to the RBMS Scholarships Fund
To give by check, please print and complete this form and mail it with your check to:
The Friends of ACRL
Association of College and Research Libraries
225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, ACRL has been able to provide over $400,000 to support projects across the association. ACRL acknowledges the generosity of our annual Friends Fund donors, as well as our founding donors and members of the ALA Legacy Society.
Giving has an impact.
Benefits of Giving
Friends of ACRL receive special recognition including:
- Special listing on the Friends of ACRL web site
- Friend of ACRL ribbon
- Invitation to ACRL receptions
- Special seating at ACRL Conference & President's programs
Other Ways to Support ACRL
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