Registration now open for ACRL Virtual Conference

Contact: Margot Conahan
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2007

Registration now open for ACRL Virtual Conference

CHICAGO - Can’t make it to Baltimore? You can still participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference! The ACRL Virtual Conference, held completely online, will include live, interactive Web casts of select speakers, as well as text-based discussion boards, blogs, speaker materials and more. Registration is now open.

Like its face-to-face (F2F) counterpart, ACRL Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The online conference, March 30-31, 2007, 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. You can participate fully in the conference without having to leave your desk. The ACRL Virtual Conference will feature:

* Live, interactive Web casts

* Text of the contributed and invited papers

* Supporting presentation materials, such as handouts, bibliographies, speaker biographies and more

* Exhibitor online poster sessions

* Recording of Michael Eric Dyson’s opening keynote session

* Discussion boards, including both targeted discussions related to presentations and discussion on general conference topics

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

* Archive of all live Web casts

* Access to the community for one year after the event

Live, interactive Web casts will be held on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, including:

* Collaborating with Campus IT and Faculty to Build the Institutional Repository of Tomorrow

* Faculty Attitudes about Scholarly Communication Trends and Issues: Tribal Differences at Columbia University

* Designing a Library Environment That Promotes Learning

* Inside the Academic Administrator's Mind: What They Really Think About Library Value and Support

* Academic Success: How Library Services Make a Difference

* They Didn't Teach That in Library School! Building a Digital Teaching Commons to Enhance Metadata Teaching, Learning and Research

* PennTags: Creating and Using an Academic Social Bookmarking Tool

March 12, 2007, is the advance registration deadline.

The complete list and descriptions of Webcasts are online at (click “Virtual Conference”).

Registration materials are online at: (click “Virtual Conference”).

Registration fees:

ACRL member - $195

ALA member - $255

Nonmember - $295

Student - $75

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

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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.