For immediate release | September 30, 2014

ACRL 2015 preconferences announced

CHICAGO — Registration is now available for preconferences to be held prior to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” in Portland, Ore. ACRL is offering six preconferences on Wednesday, March 25, 2015; separate registration is required.

Full-day Preconferences: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Developing Research Questions, Methods, and Habits of Mind: A Workshop for Innovative and Sustainable Research: Both experienced and new librarian researchers will gain new perspectives on their research as they practice developing and refining research questions, explore options for choosing research methods and discuss ways to develop the habits of mind of creative, productive researchers.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Practical Approaches for Developing Data Management Services: Through a sequence of modules, attendees will leave this session with knowledge of the diverse data management landscape, strategies to engage their campus communities and a plan for starting or enhancing data management services.

Half-day Preconferences : Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – noon)

Creating a Culture of Assessment: Norming Rubrics to Nurture IL Instructional Practice: Facilitators will lead participants through norming a sample IL rubric, rating student work, and critiquing sample rubrics. Examine the rubric creation process through the lens of our shared norming experience in order to provide essential hands-on practice for continued implementation.

If You Build It, They Will Come… and Succeed: Developing a Co-Curricular Workshop Series to Add Value to the Student Employee Experience: This preconference will provide participants with the framework and tools necessary to develop and implement a workshop program designed to supplement student employees’ learning experiences at their own institutions in order to contribute to student academic success.

New Leadership for New Times: Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency as Required Skills: This interactive preconference focuses on assisting leaders, managers, prospective leaders in becoming more proactive with diversity, culturally competency and the art of inclusion within their work environment and leadership situations.

Tutorials Toolkit: Creating Sustainable Library Instruction: Through a variety of interactive activities, attendees will develop the concepts, framework, and skills needed to create a cohesive and sustainable suite of online video tutorials. Attendees will leave the workshop with a toolkit to craft their own collection of information literacy tutorials.

Complete details on ACRL 2015 preconferences, including learning outcomes and registration materials, are available on the conference website.

For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Margot Conahan 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 and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Margot Conahan

Conference Supervisor

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)