ACRL Springboard Event free for members

Contact: Margot Conahan


(312) 280-2522


For Immediate Release

May 22, 2009

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering its second annual Springboard Event from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. CDT, June 3, 2009. The ACRL Springboard Event is a live, interactive Webcast offered to ACRL members free of charge. Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will be the featured presenter. Lynch will share "some things that keep me awake at night," including cultural memory in the age of economic instability and the implications of the migration of vast amounts of personal history and activity to the digital environment. There will be ample time for audience Q and A to discuss these issues and foster ongoing dialogue.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but ACRL members should register online at by May 29 to confirm their space in the Webcast.

Clifford Lynch has been the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes around 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as director of library automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California (UC)-Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley's School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

By providing the Springboard Event free of charge for members, the ACRL Board of Directors is responding to feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. The archived recording of the Webcast will be made available on the ACRL Web site shortly after the live event. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.


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