For immediate release | March 17, 2014

College & Research Libraries 75th anniversary issue voting now open

CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming celebration of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) is asking the journal’s readers to help identify seven “landmark” articles from C&RL history to be included in a special issue of the journal to be published in March 2015 and discussed at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Ore. Voting for the crowdsourced issue is now open and will close at the end of April 2014.

“College & Research Libraries has been the leading venue for scholarly study and thoughtful discussions of issues of critical importance to academic and research libraries for the better part of a century,” said C&RL Editor-in-chief Scott Walter of DePaul University. “The 75th anniversary of the journal and the association provides us with a rare opportunity to consider the importance of scholarship to our data-informed profession, and to reflect upon the inspiration and guidance that generations of leading researchers and scholarly practitioners have given to each of us in our work.”

A list of 30 finalists identified by the editorial board and a group of past C&RL editors, along with a voting link, is now available on the ACRL website. The editorial board will also include one “people’s choice” article in the 75th anniversary special issue. Once the articles selected for inclusion in the C&RL 75th anniversary issue have been identified, the editorial board will solicit authors for companion essays aimed at illuminating the contemporary, and ongoing, significance of these works. These companion essays will be published alongside the original articles in this special issue of the journal.

Voting is now open and will close on April 30, 2014. Complete details are available on the ACRL website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


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