ACRL Liaisons Program

ACRL has a rich history of working with its membership to establish and cultivate relationships beyond ALA. Liaison relationships allow ACRL to systematically identify, develop, and maintain productive channels for formal and informal dialogue as well as partnerships for research, exchange of ideas, discussion of common standards and practice, joint publication, and pursuing common goals with other organizations interested in higher education. Liaisons are to help organizations understand the value-added asset libraries can bring to their respective missions and goals.

The ACRL External Liaisons Committee (ELC), formerly the Liaisons Coordinating Committee (LCC), oversees and coordinates the ACRL liaison relationship activities with external, non-library organizations across all levels of the association. In particular, the ELC is charged with creating and managing processes for establishing liaison relationships and providing common guidelines for appointing liaisons to the ACRL units managing liaison relationships. Further, the ELC assesses the effectiveness of the liaison program and makes recommendations for its improvement; communicates assessment findings and future direction recommendations with the ACRL Board of Directors. The ELC component committee includes the ACRL Liaisons Assembly Committee.

About the ACRL Liaisons Assembly

Info for ACRL Liaisons

Liaisons Resources/Orientation

Grants Info


Sample Outcomes

  • Libraries in Shaping the Future of Higher Education: This three-part webinar series delivered in partnership between the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ACRL SCUP Liaison, Danuta Nitecki, the Dean of Libraries at Drexel University and Professor in its College of Computing and Informatics, was instrumental in planning this webinar series. In these conversations, higher education administrators, planners, designers, and library stakeholders discuss the challenges to higher education in a changing world and how more deeply to engage libraries to enable institutional achievement. View the recordings for part one "Libraries’ Leadership in Transforming Student Success" (June 22, 2021), part two “Library Support for Equitable Access to Knowledge" (June 24, 2021), and part three "Libraries as Place in Institutional Transformation" (Sept 21, 2021).