For immediate release | April 20, 2012

ACRL establishes four new discussion groups

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the establishment of four new discussion groups, which were approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The new discussion groups and their charges are as follows:

The Digital Humanities Discussion Group provides a venue for ACRL members to meet and share ideas related to digital humanities and the role of librarians in this emerging discipline.

The International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group serves to promote awareness and discussion of the international, transnational and global dimensions of issues critical to the future of academic and research libraries, to promote comparative study of academic library trends, issues and operations and to promote collaboration between academic and research librarians on issues benefiting from an international perspective.

The Leadership Discussion Group provides a forum for conversation, communication and collaboration about leadership and management issues important to academic librarians.

The Student Retention Discussion Group serves as a forum to discuss methods, best practices and assessment for developing case-by-case and programmatic efforts related to student retention.

Complete details on ACRL discussion group meetings at the upcoming 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim will be available in the Annual Conference Scheduler in early May. Fully registered attendees can create a personalized agenda and search for meeting, program and event times and locations.

Complete details on ACRL discussion groups are available on the ACRL website.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

1-800-545-2433 ext.2517