For immediate release | March 12, 2013

ACRL and CHOICE launch new webinar program

Middletown, Conn. - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and CHOICE have teamed up to present a new sponsored webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market. This new program will kick off from 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern on April 23, 2013, with a webinar exploring multiple visions of the library of the future, featuring the University of Washington Information School’s Joe Janes, author of the forthcoming Rowman and Littlefield book, “Library 2020.” Next up, from 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern on May 22, 2013, will be a discussion of the state of libraries and e-books, featuring EBSCO Vice President for E-books and Audiobooks Scott Wasinger.

The new ACRL-CHOICE webinars present a unique opportunity for fostering discussion among vendors, publishers and authors and an unmatched academic library audience of 11,500 ACRL members and 15,000 CHOICE users and fans. Structured as 60-minute, live, interactive webinars, this new program offers an unprecedented way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

“We are happy to partner with our CHOICE colleagues to offer another venue for facilitating discussion and debate on topics of interest to the academic and research libraries community,” said Mary Ellen K. Davis, executive director of ACRL. “The sponsored webinar program expands the relevant, up-to-the-minute content we are able to provide to our members in an interactive and easily accessible format.”

“We are very excited to be working with our ACRL colleagues to bring more thought-provoking, high quality content to the world of academic libraries, and look forward to spreading the word about this new venture,” said Irv Rockwood, editor and publisher of CHOICE.

For further information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor or to register to attend a webinar, please contact Pam Marino at


About ACRL

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 11,500 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.


Choice ( is a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Founded in 1963, Choice has been the premier review journal for scholarly publications for nearly 50 years and is the leading North American source for reviews of new scholarly books and electronic resources.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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