ACRL programs at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference: A brief overview

ACRL Board of Directors

  • Board of Directors Meeting I: Saturday, June 28, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Board of Directors Meeting II: Monday, June 30, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

During Board I, there will be an open microphone period from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Note that this period cannot be used to request that the Board take an immediate action. All guests planning to address the Board during the open microphone session are asked to arrive by 4:00 p.m.

Sessions highlights

Saturday, June 28

Hearing on Framework for Information Literacy Competency in Higher Education, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

ACRL/SPARC Forum, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 29

  1. Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

ACRL special events at ALA Annual Conference

Friday, June 27

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section
  1. Social, no registration required, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Contact: Ericka Arvidson Raber, E-mail:
College Libraries Section

Friday Night Feast, pre-registration required, 6:30 p.m. Contact: Polly Boruff-Jones, E-mail:

Community & Junior College Libraries Section

Awards & Dinner Meeting, pre-registration is required, 7:00 p.m. Contact: Beth Lander, E-mail: and David Wright, E-mail:

Anthropology and Sociology Section

Social, pre-registration required, 7:30 p.m. Contact: Anne Larrivee, E-mail:

Saturday, June 28

Heath Sciences Interest Group

Happy Hour, no registration required, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Contact: Laura Friesen, E-mail:

University Libraries Section and Distance Learning Section

Social, no registration required, 5:30–7:00 p.m. Contact: Leslie Sult and Cynthia Porter

Instruction Section

Soiree, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Contact: Erin Rinto, E-mail: and Ernesto Hernandez, E-mail:

Women and Gender Studies Section

Social, no registration required, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Contact: Emily Asch, E-mail:

Sunday, June 29

Distance Learning Section

Award Luncheon, pre-registration required, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Contact: Mou Chakraborty, E-mail:

Law and Political Science Section

Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Luncheon, pre-registration is required, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Contact: Kelly Janousek, E-mail:

Western European Studies Section

Dinner, pre-registration is required, 6:00 p.m. Contact: Katie Gibson, E-mail:

Science and Technology Section

Dinner, pre-registration is required, 7:00 p.m. Contact: Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, E-mail:

Monday, June 30

Arts Section

Walking Tour of 18b Art District, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Contact: Diane Kachmar, E-mail:

Annual Conference information online

Find complete details on ACRL programs in Las Vegas on the ACRL at Annual Conference Web page. Go to, select “Conferences & Continuing Education,” and click on “ACRL 2014 Annual Conference Programs” for the latest details.

Locations for programs and a complete listing of ACRL meetings, along with discussion group and interest group information, will be available in the Annual Conference Scheduler. Fully registered attendees can create a personalized agenda and search for meetings, programs, and event times and locations.

The Annual Conference Scheduler will be available on the conference website at

ACRL President’s Program/Preconferences

ACRL President’s Program, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Financial Literacy at Your Library. The program will bring together leaders in financial advising and higher education to discuss ways in which college students especially can learn how to more effectively manage their finances. Featuring speakers Ferris State University President David Eisler and Washington Post columnist and financial educator Michelle Singletary, the program will highlight ways in which librarians and libraries can partner with others on and off campus to aid our students in these endeavors.

David Eisler

Michelle Singletary

Preconferences Note: Pre-registration is required for all preconferences. Visit (click on “Conferences & Continuing Education” for details).

Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:00–4:00 p.m. iPad, YouPad: Circulating iPad Collections in Academic Libraries. Learn how your academic library might employ a lending collection of iPads to empower faculty in the classroom to accomplish discipline-specific learning outcomes and prepare students for the workplace. Join a team of academic librarian presenters to learn how they planned, implemented, and assessed the use of a collection of iPads in their library. Be inspired by their example to seek funding, imagine opportunities to collaborate with campus and community partners, and pursue a circulating collection of your own.

Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Maximize Your Professional Time: Strategies to Cultivate a Habit of Scholarship. Many academic librarians hold appointments for which they are expected to conduct research and report their findings through presentation and/or publication. Unfortunately, some of us are challenged by a lack of time management skills and poor writing habits. During this interactive preconference, learn how a series of interrelated strategies and practices can help improve productivity and cultivate a habit of scholarship. Topics include setting goals, determining priorities, generating plans, mapping plans to a calendar, establishing a habit of daily writing, monitoring progress, creating and using effective daily to-do lists, making work social, saying no, and letting go.

ACRL Discussion Groups

Assessment: Saturday, June 28, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Topic: Join us for a lively expert-led discussion of two assessment topics: effective survey design and integrating assessment data from multiple projects and sources.

Balancing Baby and Book: Sunday, June 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Topic: Balancing Babies and Books is an informal discussion for parents, future parents, and other interested parties to share information about combining a career in librarianship with being a parent, including issues of maternity/paternity leave, childcare, tenure, etc. All are welcome.

Continuing Education/Professional Development: Saturday, June 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Topic: Nontraditional Training: Getting It and Sharing It. Come share ideas on alternatives to traditional training sources and ways to share training with colleagues.

Copyright: Saturday, June 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Topic: Recent developments in copyright law and policy-making.

First-Year Experience: Saturday, June 28, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Topic: Meeting of the First-Year Experience Discussion Group to discuss issues and topics of interest surrounding librarianship related to first-year students and students transitioning from high school to college.

Heads of Public Services: Saturday, June 28, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Topic: Discussion of recent changes in public services to meet evolving student and faculty demands.

Information Commons: Saturday, June 28, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Topic: Assessment and services in commons spaces.

International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries: Friday, June 27, Topic: The International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group serves to promote awareness and discussion of the international, transnational, and global dimensions of issues critical to the future of academic and research libraries, to promote comparative study of academic library trends, issues, and operations, and to promote collaboration between academic and research librarians on issues benefiting from an international perspective.

Leadership: Saturday, June 28, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Topic: Moving from leader to manager–how to make it happen, and how to succeed.

Library and Information Science Collections: Sunday, June 29, 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Topic: The LIS Collections Discussion Group meeting will include a discussion of current issues related to Library and Information Science Collections. Topics may include evolving issues with e-books as well as the impact of trends such as open access, library publishing, and data services on the work of those responsible for LIS collections.

Library Support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Saturday, June 28, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Topic: The ACRL Library Support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Discussion Group will address the variety of existing models of library support and engagement with MOOCs. Examples of models will be presented, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own to share.

Marketing: Saturday, June 28, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Topic: The Marking Discussion group will address strategies for harnessing the power of word-of-mouth marketing when many conversations take place online.

MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries: Saturday, June 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Topic: The Modern Language Association International Bibliography.

New Members: Saturday, June 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Topic: The ACRL New Members Discussion Group is for new (and aspiring) academic librarians. We meet twice a year —at both ALA conferences—to chat about whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL.

Personnel Administrators & Staff Development: Saturday, June 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m. and Sunday, June 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Philosophical, Religious, and Theological Studies: Sunday, June 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Topic: The ACRL PRT-DG will begin with a brief presentation about a librarian-led student tour of Germany that will provide a context for a larger discussion on developing and improving relationships between students and librarians.

Popular Cultures: Sunday, June 29, 8:30–10:00 a.m. Topic: The interconnections between libraries and museums, the transition from the closed special collections environment to the public sphere of the museum or the Web, and the integration of popular culture materials in the curriculum.

Scholarly Communication: Sunday, June 29, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Topic: The ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group will focus on new trends/models of post-publication peer-review systems (PubMed Commons, F1000Research, etc.) and consider intersections with Open Access, Altmetrics, and Open Education Resources.

Student Retention: Saturday, June 28, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Topic: Integrating Information Literacy Outcomes into General Education: Ideas, Innovation and Implementation. Join the Student Retention Discussion Group to share ideas with colleagues (with discussion on how to use the new ACRL framework).

Undergraduate Librarians: Monday, June 30, 8:30–10:00 a.m. Topic: Discussions of issues of concern to undergraduate librarians, including reference, collections, staffing, and programming.

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