For immediate release | November 5, 2013

Submit proposals for ACRL 2015 conference

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2015 conference to be held March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 9, 2014. Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due Nov. 3, 2014. Submit proposals via the online form on the conference website.

Libraries are living ecosystems that adapt, change and innovate to remain relevant to their users, institutions and the broader environment of higher education. To that end, academic librarians actively strive to build a sustainable world that fosters a creative, robust community of information generators and consumers. The ACRL 2015 Conference Committee invites proposals that contribute to the academic library ecosystem by sharing research and creative endeavors on the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”

“Portland, known for environmental awareness, innovation and active involvement in creating and nurturing forward-looking communities, serves as the perfect backdrop for exploring and advancing libraries’ own sustainability,” said ACRL 2015 Conference Chair Lori Goetsch of Kansas State University. “The conference will also celebrate ACRL’s 75th anniversary, a testament to our longevity and value!”

The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration. Tag and session format descriptions are available on the conference website.

View this video of submissions from the ACRL 2013 Inspire Idea Tree to kick start your best conference presentation ideas.

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Complete details about ACRL 2015, including the full Call for Participation, are online. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla, email or phone (312) 280-2515.


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.


Margot Conahan

Manager of Professional Development

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)