ACRL unveils theme for 12th National Conference

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan

Manager, Professional Development


For Immediate Release

August 29, 2003

ACRL unveils theme for 12th National Conference

“Collaboration and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change” will be the theme of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 12th National Conference.
The conference to be held in Minneapolis (April 7 – 10, 2005) will explore the changing nature and roles of academic and research librarianship.
Camila Alire, Dean of Library Services, University of New Mexico, will chair the conference committee.

Conference programs will emphasize the need for academic and research librarians to anticipate and prepare for transformations in the profession, and will encourage innovative ways to create and implement change.
Conference theme tracks include: Changing Environments and Cultures; Changing Political Realities; Redefining Traditions; Evolving Modes of Scholarly Communication; Managing Electronic and Digital Information; Teaching and Learning; and Converging and Collaborating.

Call for Participation will be issued in November, and will invite quality proposals for presentations including: contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, preconferences, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions.
Participation information will be included in the November issue of C&RL News and will be posted on ACRL’s national conference Web site

ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products, and services to meet the unique needs of academic librarians.
ACRL’s 11,000 members are comprised of individuals from a wide range of academic institutions, publishers, and vendors who sell in the academic marketplace.
ACRL enhances the effectiveness of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching and research in higher education.

For more information about ACRL’s programs and services please visit
For conference information please contact ACRL at 800-545-2433, ext. 2522; or e-mail:

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.