Registration for ACRL's Virtual National Conference now available

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan

For Immediate Release

March 17, 2005

Registration for ACRL's Virtual National Conference now available

CHICAGO – Register now for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Virtual National Conference. The virtual conference, held completely via the Internet, will include select ACRL 12th National Conference speakers in live Webcasts, as well as text-based discussion boards, audio blogs, speaker materials and more.

The virtual conference, sponsored by ProQuest and hosted by LearningTimes, will take place in a dedicated online conference community that also will serve participants attending the event in Minneapolis, April 7-10, 2005. This will afford unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking among all conference participants - both live and online, only participants won’t ever have to leave their desks.

Included in the online conference community:

  • Live interactive Webcasts offered on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Select Webcasts are listed below:

    • AACR3: Redefining a Standard for the 21st Century, John Attig, Pennsylvania State University; Matthew Beacom, Yale University Library; Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester

    • Collaboration or Chaos? How to Develop, Staff and Promote a Successful Collaborative Virtual Reference Service, Jennifer Duvernay, Arizona State University; Shelle Witten, Paradise Valley Community College

    • “Dramatically Underrepresented:” Librarians and the First-year Experience, Jane Carlin, University of Cincinnati; Larry Hardesty, Barbara Macke, University of Cincinnati; Loanne Snavely, Pennsylvania State University; Lisa Stillwell, Franklin & Marshall College

    • Googleization, Visualization, Metasearch, Mapping, and other Disruptive Technologies, Mignon Adams, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Suzanne Bedell, ProQuest; Steven Bell, Philadelphia University; Judy Luther, Informed Strategies LLC.

    • Menage à Trois: The Essential Computing, Library and Instructional Technology Partnership to Advance New Media Learning, Frank Moretti, Columbia University; James Neal, Columbia University; Patricia Renfro, Columbia University

The archive of ACRL's kick-off Webcast, held March 10, 2005, also will be available. This event featured a conversation between Clifford Lynch, executive director of CNI, and Michael Keller, university librarian, director of academic information resources, publisher of HighWire Press and publisher of the Stanford University Press, at Stanford University, on the topics of Googlelization, digital repositories, distance education, and privacy.

Other highlights of the conference community include:

  • Daily blogs from roving conference correspondents to keep you posted with information on the activities and pulse of the live conference

  • Speaker materials including text of contributed and invited papers

  • Discussion boards

  • Live virtual meeting rooms to gather with colleagues and network with new friends

  • Access to the community for one year after the event

Technical requirements: Participants will need a system that allows for e-mail and Web browsing. Visit for requirements.

Registration for the ACRL online National Conference is available at:

Online National Conference registration fees:

ACRL member - $165

ALA member - $205

Nonmember - $235

Student - $75

Registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event. (Note: Face-to-face conference participants receive access to the conference community as part of their conference registration.)

Complete details about the ACRL 12th National Conference are available at

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,800 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.