ACRL announces the debut of its new weblog, ACRLog

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski


For Immediate Release

October 17, 2005

ACRL announces the debut of its new weblog, ACRLog

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the debut of its new weblog, ACRLog.

The ACRLog aims to discuss the issues of the day in the field of academic and research librarianship. It will strive to get you thinking about what you do, why you do it, and how it fits into this enterprise we call higher education. The team of bloggers will stimulate thinking about the professional issues that impact you, your library, your user community, and academic librarianship. The blog also will offer conference reports and news items.

ACRLog bloggers are no strangers to voicing their opinions, tackling controversial issues, and writing about the value academic and research librarians bring to their communities. In short, they are people passionate about the profession. The team approach ensures coverage of the issues from a diversified set of perspectives.

The new blog can be found at Unlike many blogs, ACRLog invites contributions from those interested in academic and research librarianship. Guest commentaries, contributed conference reports, perspectives from ACRL chapters, and opinions about the latest trends and issues can all be shared within this blogspace.

ACRLog was created as a response to an article by Scott McLemee, "Silence in the Stacks," published last June in
Inside HigherEd. McLemee wondered why there was no single blog geared to the interests of academic librarians that explored what he called "the issues of the day." The ACRL Board decided to fill the void, and ACRLog was born.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 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.