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                          Minneapolis Convention Center
                                   1301 Second Avenue South
                                          Minneapolis, Minn.

                                                PRESS KIT

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will hold its biennial National Conference, "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change" at the Minneapolis Convention Center, April 7 - 10


More than 2,500 librarians, leaders in higher education, and best-selling authors will discuss issues such as new technology; open access to research; digitization of library collections; Google and its effect on librarianship; recruitment; and the USA PATRIOT Act and its impact on academic library user


Keynote sessions include presentations from educators William J. Mitchell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA; as well as a discussion with best-selling mystery authors Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, J.A. Jance and Valerie Wilson Wesley, moderated by National Public Radio (NPR) host Liane Hansen.  More than 160 exhibitors will feature state-of-the-art products and services for academic and research librarian


This year marks the first in which ACRL is offering a virtual component to its National Conference.  The online conference community will include live, interactive Web casts, discussion boards, listservs, chat rooms and more.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL's 12,000 members are comprised of individuals from a wide range of academic institutions, publishers and vendors who sell in the academic marketplace. The core purpose of the Association of College & Research Libraries is to lead academic and research librarians and libraries in advancing learning and scholarship.

Press Contacts:

Margot Sutton Conahan, ACRL, 312-280-2522,

Larra Clark, ALA, 312-280-5043,

Press Room Location/Hours:

The conference press room will be located in the Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level,
Room M101C.

Press room phone:


Press room hours:

Wednesday, April 6, 2005
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 7, 2005
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, April 8, 2005
7:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 9, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 10, 2005
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Press Releases:

Academic librarians discuss Googlelization, PATRIOT Act, access to research at conference in Minneapolis, April 7-10

Conference Highlights

ACRL announces speakers for invited papers at 12th National Conference


ACRL announces pre-conferences


ACRL announces keynote speakers for 12th National Conference


ACRL offers more than $55,000 in scholarships to 12th National Conference


ACRL announces speakers for invited papers at 12th National Conference

Fact Sheets:

ACRL Fact Sheet

About ALA

Helpful Web sites:

ACRL Conference Web Site

ACRL Web site

College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News)


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