What’s new?

The ACRL Conference is always trying different things to enhance your experience. Give something new a whirl and expand your possibilities.

Get the App!

Available soon on all your devices.

The official conference app will have everything you need for conference; a truly easy-to-use personalized schedule, maps, and fun networking features. Create your profile or simply sync your LinkedIn profile (and/or Twitter account) and you’re ready to go. Check out the activity feed, post your thoughts, join a topic channel, earn points and have fun!

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Lightning Bolt

Lightning Talks – now accepting proposals!

Apply before Jan 30 and vote for your faves in Feb!

Fire up colleagues in five-minute “Lightning” Sessions. Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies and services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your proposal before Jan 30, it’s quick and easy!  The top 30 proposals will be chosen by the innovations committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote in the conference app this February.

Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 22, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Classic team trivia, with a bit of library-related trivia to boot! Join your friends and make new ones at this battle of the minds Wednesday night.  Teams are made up of 8 people each, so bring a full team, partial team, or join one when you get here. Seating is limited to about 200 people who are ready to compete for ACRL glory and fame.

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Volunteer Opportunities

So easy. You can do this!

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Bring Stuff (Books):

ACRL is collecting books for The Book Thing of Baltimore, an organization that gives away books for free to teachers, organizations, and readers in Baltimore community.  Consider packing a couple of extra books in your suitcase and after you donate them there’ll be extra room for all the swag you’ll be taking home!

Hotel Bar Soaps

Be a Bandit! (Unused Hotel Soap):

Bring your new, wrapped bars of unused hotel soap to support Clean the World’s hygiene efforts that benefit, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, veterans groups and at-risk people in developing regions. Drop off at the collection bin in the ACRL booth.


Chillaxation for everyone.

Wired Lounge, sponsored by Taylor and Francis: Recharge yourself and your devices! Check out the wired lounge in the exhibit hall with seating to rest your feet and built in juice for all your devices.

Quiet Lounge: We know it’s hard being “on” all day, and busy conference goers need downtime to pause, reflect and recharge in more ways than one. Come relax in this recovery space where you can enjoy some quiet “you time.” The quiet lounge will have comfortable chairs and outlets so that your mobile device can plug in even when you’d prefer to unplug for a while.

Art Lounge: Equipped with tables, paper, coloring books and various art supplies, create your own piece of art or follow guided art projects. You can keep your creation, pin it up on the cumulative display and submit your image to a shared online exhibit.

Momma Lounge: Every Momma is a working Momma. We support you. Enjoy our Momma Lounge where you can plug in, relax, recharge, and/or refrigerate your precious goods.

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Makeup Artist

Headshot Studio

FREE Professional Headshots

Back by popular demand, this an executive photo portrait-taking experience. You will be greeted by makeup and hair professionals who will quickly make sure you are looking your best, then photographed by a professional photographer. At the iPad kiosk you will be able to email your photo to yourself and/or immediately upload it to your social media accounts. You will also receive a free print. ACRL makes you look good!


Keep up your step count or try something new.

Run or Walk: Keep your fitness goals, meet some new faces, and get some exercise at ACRL. Friday morning at 6:30am, we’ll meet in the lobby of the Hilton (headquarters hotel) and split into running or walking groups, depending on participant’s preference. No need to sign up.  What better way to start the day than with 30 minutes of movement and fresh air!

Desk Yoga: Learn some yoga moves that you can do at work in your office chair that will keep you alert during the workday and help release stress before you head home. Each session is first come, first served for a limited number of students to ensure a relaxing environment. No special props or clothing required.  Find dates and times in the conference schedule.  Don’t have time to make a session? Find a few example yoga stretches in the ACRL app that you can do on your own between sessions.

Meditate: Conference Brain too full? Need to clear some space in that noggin? Enjoy a brief meditation session led by a zen master and experience the peace and tranquility of mindful meditation.  Find dates and times in the conference schedule.  Good for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. This room is also available for drop-in personal meditation/quiet anytime led meditation is not in session.


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Makeup Artist

National Aquarium Discount

$5 off General Admission Price

At the National Aquarium you can journey from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the rain forest and beyond!  Located right in the heart of Baltimore’s vibrant Inner Harbor, this aquarium features more than 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. The National Aquarium is delighted to offer $5 off general admission price to all ACRL attendees who show their conference badge at the ticket window.