Get Involved with ACRL

ACRL provides members with meaningful opportunities to become active in the profession. Our members give back to the association and gain essential experience in return. By getting involved with ACRL, you'll form social and professional relationships that last a career, and a lifetime. Not a member?

Join ACRL today!


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Advance the profession by serving on one of ACRL's many committees, task forces, and editorial boards. Visit our volunteer site for additional details.

Find Your Niche
ACRL's numerous discussion groups (DGs) and interest groups (IGs) serve as in-person and virtual forums for members to explore emerging issues. Many DGs and IGs meet virtually throughout the year or on-site at ALA Annual Conferences, and you can further connect with members and colleagues through ALA Connect.

Find Us on Social Media
ACRL is alive and well on social media, where we feature news, updates, and photos of our amazing membership community! Find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads, and YouTube.

Member of the Week
Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!


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Attend the ACRL Conference
Discover and explore cutting-edge issues in the field while interacting with the best and brightest in the community at the biennial ACRL Conference.

Tune In Online
Become a better librarian on your own schedule and budget. ACRL’s Online Learning program provides a unique opportunity to participate in professional development events that are focused on practical, tangible topics. Check out our upcoming webcasts and online courses!

Stay up to date with the latest trends and scholarship with ACRL's open access journals and magazines, including College & Research Libraries, C&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. And be sure to subscribe to ACRL's other online publications, including ACRLog - a blog by and for academic and research librarians, as well as ACRL Update and ACRL Insider for news about important association activities, opportunities, and issues.

Advance Your Knowledge
ACRL offers a wide variety of in-person educational opportunities covering information literacy, assessment, leadership, special collections, and more.

Every year, ACRL offers a number of conference programs, institutes, and events in locations around the country. See where ACRL will be next!

Want to bring in-person training directly to you? Consider hosting an ACRL RoadShow at your campus, chapter, or consortium! Led by expert presenters, these one-day workshops give academic librarians the opportunity to interact with colleagues at the local level to tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today. Learn more here.

Share Your Expertise

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Share your expertise and experience with your colleagues by writing an article, book, or blog post through ACRL's publication program. Opportunities are also available to translate ACRL's various standards, guidelines, and frameworks into other languages.

Stand Up
ACRL's prestigious awards program honors the brightest stars in the profession. These awards enhance professional growth, set benchmarks for achievement and strengthen ACRL’s image in the eyes of employers, leaders, and the higher education community. Nominate yourself or a deserving colleague today!

Mentor (or Be Mentored)
Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Many mentoring and coaching programs are available through ACRL's sections, as well as the Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, to help you get the most from this important relationship. Learn more here.

Support ACRL

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Become a Friend!

Friends of ACRL enable the association to support the future of our profession. Donations provide scholarships, seed innovative new programs, support exemplary programs and best practices, and advance the ACRL Plan for Excellence. Friends of ACRL receive premier seats at Conference events and recognition on the website and in the ACRL Annual Report.

Consider making a donation today.