For immediate release | February 10, 2021

ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference registration opens

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference, “Ascending into An Open Future.” The conference will be held April 13-16, 2021.

“Today’s higher education environment calls for continually innovative ways to advance student, faculty, and institution success,” said ACRL 2021 Conference Chair Beth McNeil of Purdue University. “The content of the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference was selected with this emphasis in mind, and we are excited to connect with our colleagues and continue working together for an open future.”

ACRL 2021 features a mix of more than 300 live and on-demand programs, interactive discussion groups, eye-popping posters, a social wall, fun connections and prizes, and content on demand for 30 days. The conference also features author Tressie McMillan Cottom and journalist Mona Chalabi as keynote speakers along with invited presentations from Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and We Here administrators Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, and Charlotte Roh.

“This event is for everyone in the academic and research library community who values sustainable, open scholarship and education; embraces equity, diversity and inclusion; and wants to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to set students on the road to success and researchers on the road to results,” added ACRL Interim Executive Director Kara Malenfant.

The conference’s high-end virtual event platform offers multiple ways to connect with colleagues from around the world, including 1:1 text/video chat, chat rooms, sentiment features (applaud/like/heart) polling, Q&A with upvoting, gamification, and of course, cat pics. The ACRL 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall highlights the best services and tools in the profession, featuring live demos and prizes from exhibitors and sponsors.

Register by the March 12 early bird deadline and save. With ACRL 2021 taking place 100% virtually, there are no prohibitive flight, hotel, or travel expenses. Just register online and you’re ready to go! Group discounts are also available for 10 or more attendees from same institution.

As an added bonus, register by February 19 to be entered to win a complimentary stay at the Westin Pittsburgh during ACRL 2023, including free breakfast each morning.

Complete details on ACRL 2021, including registration information, are available on the conference website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Tory Ondrla

Conference Manager