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Kara Malenfant


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For Immediate Release

June 24, 2008

ARL/ACRL announce new regional Institute on Scholarly Communication

CHICAGO – The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce a new regional ARL/ ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication, hosted by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, December 1–3, 2008, in Portland, Ore.

This immersive learning experience prepares participants to be local experts within their libraries. Participants, who are encouraged to attend in teams, will become fluent in scholarly communication issues and trends and begin developing outreach plans for their campuses.

Acceptance to the Portland ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication is competitive; participation is limited to 100 to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Institutions from the Northwest will receive preferred consideration, and seats are reserved for a minimum 20 participants outside the region. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. Find complete details on the Orbis Cascade Alliance Web site at

Consortia or other institutions that may be interested in hosting the next regional Institute on Scholarly Communication should contact Julia Blixrud, assistant executive director, External Relations, ARL,


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at

The Association of College and Research Libraries (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. ACRL is on the Web at