ACRL seeks presentations for 2009 professional development programs

Contact: Margot Conahan

(312) 280-2522

For Immediate Release,

February 11, 2008

ACRL seeks presentations for 2009 professional development programs

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day professional development programs to be held prior to the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting or the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Submissions will be accepted through April 7.

Professional development programs should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning through a variety of presentation styles. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged. Proposals should explicitly outline activities that will be incorporated during the session to enable attendees to achieve the session's learning outcomes. Programs can either be half-day or full-day sessions.

ACRL workshops at the 2009 ALA Midwinter meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Denver, Colo., and ACRL preconferences at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, in Chicago.

Proposals should be submitted via the online proposal form at: The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PST, Monday, April 7. Proposals must include the following:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the program organizer and the main contact for the presentation.
  • Presentation title.
  • Presentation description. The description should be approximately 500 words, should outline the main points of the program, including its relevance to attendees, and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Short presentation description. This description should be approximately 100 words. If your proposal is accepted, this description will be used in promotional materials.
  • Support of ACRL Strategic Plan. Outline how your program would support the ACRL Strategic Plan. The ACRL Strategic Plan is available online at
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether the program will be held at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.
  • Indicate whether the program has been offered before for ACRL.
  • Program length.
  • Maximum number of attendees.
  • Proposals will be evaluated for clarity,originality and timeliness.

Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking and/or new perspectives.
  • Contribute ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
  • Present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.
  • Incorporate at least one active learning exercise.
  • Explicitly include specific activities that will meet the learning style preferences of a variety of learners.
  • Demonstrate how learning outcomes would be achieved.
  • Support the ACRL strategic plan.

Notifications will be issued by May 2008. Visit for complete details. Direct questions about the call for presentations to Margot Conahan at, or by phone at (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.