ACRL to Sponsor Learning Times Library Online Conference

Contact: John Walber

CEO, Learning Times


For Immediate Release

September 26, 2003

ACRL to Sponsor LearningTimes Library Online Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and LearningTimes, LLC, announced today that the ACRL is the lead sponsor of the LearningTimes Library Online Conference 2003: “Innovations by Information Professionals.”

We are very pleased to partner with the LearningTimes team on this unique event,” said ACRL president Tyrone H. Cannon.. “Sponsoring LTL
OC 2003 is another step in our mission to
enhance the effectiveness of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching, and research in higher education. The online conference will address the
role of the library in the academic enterprise; and the impact of information technology on library services. These crucial activities are a key part of the foundation for the partnerships and connections we must establish to ensure the success of learning communities and knowledge building.”

The conference will take place completely online October 20 – 24, 2003, and is the first online forum to address in depth the practical issues in today's libraries, historical societies, archives, and museums. A complete description of LTLOC 2003 can be found on the conference Web site at
. A $50 discount on the registration fee is available to ACRL members who register online at
Look for the LearningTimes link in the ‘Spotlight’ section.

“LTLOC 2003 responds to the pressing need for high-quality professional development and community building in the information services field,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, president and executive producer of LearningTimes.
“We’ve prepared five days of interactive and social learning opportunities online, with over 50 industry leaders delivering interactive webcasts, voice and text-based chat sessions, and moderated discussion boards. We are pleased to be supported by the ACRL in bringing these human networking and learning activities to life for professionals across the globe – live from their desktops.”

LTLOC Featured speakers include:


Steven W. Gilbert, founder of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group.
Steven directs the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) Program and the TLTR Collaborative Change Network, which helps colleges and universities plan for more effective uses of information technology and resources.


Nancy Becker, assistant professor in the Division of Library & Information Science at St. John’s University, will present “The Broader Pedagogy of Information Literacy.” Nancy’s research interests include information access and information seeking behavior with an emphasis on the Web searching behavior of undergraduate students.


Anne Lipow, founder and director of Library Solutions Institute and Press, will present “Redefining the ‘Professional’ in the Librarian.” Anne’s areas of expertise include the changing nature of library reference services and the continuing education of librarians.

LearningTimes is now soliciting nominations for
Innovations in Information Services Awards, recognizing individual and organizational contributions to the information services community. The awards will be presented during the conference.

For more information, registration or sponsorship opportunities please visit the conference Web site at, e-mail or call John Walber at 215-884-7321.

About ACRL

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 12,400 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 or
contact ACRL at 800-545-2433, ext. 2523; or e-mail:

ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association.

About LearningTimes, LLC

Learning Times, LLC is the leading producer of online communities and conferences in the education and library market. LearningTimes designs and manages learning programs and events, as well as the associated environments, applications and marketing strategies.

The LearningTimes Network, a coalition of 28, online learning communities, serves over 13,000 members and includes groups delivering educational programs, workshops and events in information literacy, poetry, museum education, professional development for college and K-12 educators, corporate training, continuing and professional education, and product user group support.