Registration is open for ACRL's first completely online conference

Contact: Margot Conahan


For Immediate Release

February 21, 2006

Registration is open for ACRL's first completely online conference

CHICAGO – Register now for “Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries,” the first-ever Virtual Conference offered jointly by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE. The Joint Virtual Conference will be held completely online and will offer a forum for an energizing exchange of ideas focusing on technology and academic librarianship.

April 6, 2006, is the registration deadline
. Registration for the Joint Virtual Conference is available at

Like its face-to-face counterpart, the Joint Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The conference will feature synchronous activities, such as live web casts, that begin and end at a certain time. Other synchronous and asynchronous activities will be offered as part of the conference, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. The conference will take place in a LearningTimes Online Conference Community, which will provide an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate, and network.

The Joint Virtual Conference will feature:

  • Live, interactive web casts of keynote speakers, featured presentations, and concurrent sessions
  • Synchronous online roundtable discussions
  • Text-based discussion boards
  • Asynchronous online poster sessions
  • Speaker materials including PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and biographies
  • Unlimited access to the online conference community of ALL conference programs for one-year after the event

Complete descriptions of the conference programs, including speaker information and learning outcomes, are online at

Technical requirements: Minimum technical requirements include an Internet-ready computer with Java Runtime Environment/Web Start, and speakers. A microphone is strongly recommended.

Registration fees are: ACRL member - $195; CNI member - $195; EDUCAUSE member - $195; ALA member - $245; Nonmember - $285; Student - $95.

Registration includes: access to all conference programs including live, interactive web casts; online roundtable discussions; threaded discussion boards, online poster sessions; speaker handouts and biographies; and unlimited access to the online conference community for one year.

Questions about the ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference should be directed to, 312-280-2522.

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.

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.