New ACRL Title: Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist

(312) 280-2529


For Immediate Release

June 17, 2008

New ACRL Title:
Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a new occasional series, ACRL Active Guides. ACRL Active Guides provide theory-based practical tools dealing with workplace issues. The inaugural title in the series, “Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance,” written by Melanie Hawks, is now available.

Are you living and working the way you want to? Or are you counting on cloning technology to eventually save you from a frantic schedule and a “to do” list as long as the Oxford English Dictionary? “Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance” will give you a chance to reflect on your priorities and honestly assess the choices you are making about your time and energy.

Simply reading this book won’t lighten your workload, alter other people’s expectations or make stress disappear. However, if you apply the concepts and tools you learn here and commit to following through, you will discover new ways of both thinking and acting that will help you make decisions that support who you want to be and what you want to achieve. These decisions will often be difficult and may challenge organizational norms, other people’s value systems or even your own assumptions. But defining what balance looks like for you, recognizing what you can change and creating an action plan will bring you closer to achieving your personal and professional goals. You can begin by trying out a few of the simple but powerful ideas and exercises outlined in the book.

“Life-Work Balance” is available for purchasethrough the ALA Online Store ( and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. The title will also be available for purchase in the ALA Bookstore at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,500 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.