What’s new?

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

Step into a Portal

Walk through the internet.

Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live and full-body, as if in the same room. The Portal will be open during exhibit hours for meaningful conversations. Sign up for time in the portal and talk to colleagues and students in Mexico, Afghanistan, Germany, Jordan or Rwanda. We are happy to provide easy conversation starters and you can bring a friend if you like. Share your Portal experiences on social media with #acrl2017portal.

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Lightning Talks – chosen by YOU!

Now available in the conference schedule.

The top 30 proposals out of 100 were chosen by the Innovations Committee, but the 15 winners were chosen by YOU! Thank you to everyone who applied and voted in the conference app. The winners now appear in the conference schedule (search for “Lightning” in the title field). Each five-minute Lightning Talk will consist of a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Make sure to check out these inspiring sessions onsite as they provide quick glimpses of the latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies and services.

Get the ACRL 2017 App!

Available now on all your devices.

The official conference app has 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! It’s all free.

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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!

Team Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 – 9:30 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 registration area.

Do Stuff (Fun with kids):

Join your colleagues at House of Ruth which provides services and support for the victims of intimate partner violence and their children. We will spend a couple of hours brightening the day of local Baltimore kids by reading stories and making fun bug-related crafts. Sign up in March, space is limited!


Chillaxation for everyone.

Recharge 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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Starving the Beast

Movie Screening

Starving the Beast examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a ‘public good’ for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.




Keep up your step count or try something new.

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 Zen Room is also available for drop-in personal meditation/quiet anytime guided meditation or yoga is not in session.

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.

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!




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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.