Registration now open for ACRL/RBMS preconference on libraries, archives, and museums

Contact: Tory Ondrla


For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

Registration now open for ACRL/RBMS preconference on libraries, archives, and museums

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for "Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the 21st Century: Intersecting Missions, Converging Futures?," a national conference that will explore issues of mutual interest to libraries, archives, and museums. The conference will be held June 20-23, 2006, in Austin, Texas, preceding the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans June 22-28, 2006.

Program, registration, and scholarship application information is available from the conference web site at: Registration rates are $195 for members; $240 for non-members; $75 for current, full-time students; and $85 for one-day registration. A $50 surcharge will be added to registrations after May 17. A generous grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will provide funding for 30 new and aspiring professionals to attend the conference, including at least 10 from professionally underrepresented backgrounds. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 30.

The conference is organized by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), with the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin serving as the primary host.

The two-and-a-half-day conference program will include a series of plenary sessions that address a broad range of topics from comparative viewpoints, including collecting purposes and strategies, audiences and access, legal issues, and professional education and development. A variety of workshop and seminar sessions and facilitated discussion groups will complement the conference theme. Participants also will be able to enjoy evening receptions and special tours of the recently renovated Ransom Center and Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, and other local cultural facilities.

Lodging at the conference hotel, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental in downtown Austin, includes rates from $99 to $129 per night. Additional hotel and dormitory lodging options also are available.

Questions may be addressed to Tory Ondrla, Meeting and Special Events Planner (

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.