For immediate release | December 9, 2013

ACRL President Trevor Dawes to host forum on financial literacy at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia for the forum “Financial Literacy: Why Students Need Librarians to Get Involved.” Hosted by ACRL President Trevor Dawes, associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, the forum will take place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in room 120A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Featured speaker Adi Redzic, co-founder and executive director of iOme Challenge (, will make a case for why young people need librarians and other library professionals to get involved in facilitating greater financial literacy in our communities. Redzic will introduce iOme’s various programs, including the data collected through iOme’s annual Measure of Millennials.

Attendees will also receive resources that they can utilize in their individual work. This forum will serve as an introduction to the topic of financial literacy and academic libraries, which will be the theme of the ACRL President’s Program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

More information about Dawes’ Financial Literacy Initiative can be found at the ACRL Financial Literacy Initiative website or by contacting ACRL President’s Program Committee Co-Chairs Debbie Malone at and Adi Redzic at


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Megan Griffin

Program Officer

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)