For immediate release | April 11, 2011

2011 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual, innovation contest

CHICAGO – Looking for ways to increase innovation in your library? Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Titled “From Idea to Innovation to Implementation: How Teams Make it Happen,” the program will feature Jason Young, author of the book “Culturetopia: The Ultimate High-Performance Workplace” and an expert on how workplace teams can obtain maximum productivity.

The program, hosted by ACRL President Lisa Hinchliffe of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will take place from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

In conjunction with the program, ACRL is currently accepting entries for a contest featuring exciting library innovation projects. Submit a short essay that describes an innovative library enhancement project that is currently in progress or has already been implemented. Programs or services can involve a new technology, a public outreach program or a new assessment initiative.

More information on the contest, including submission details and criteria, is available on the President’s Program website at Visit the site often to read and comment on submissions and view the winning projects. The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2011. Winners will be announced in late May.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,500 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. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.