The most educational 72 hours of my library career!
kevin seeber
Colorado State University-Pueblo
ACRL was the conference I've been looking for! I have tried others, but none were as fun or as thought-provoking as ACRL.              
julia hause
Touro University

The ACRL Conference is a consistently outstanding opportunity to network and learn. If you're working in, or interested in, academic library work, this conference is not to be missed!

jennifer bartlett
university of kentucky
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Call for Participation 

Submit your proposal for ACRL 2015

Libraries are living ecosystems that adapt, change and innovate to remain relevant to our users, our institutions, and the broader environment of higher education. Many of our successes and challenges come from shifts within our system: financial, human and other resources interact to generate services, collections and facilities, and these resources must be continuously renewed in order to ensure our future viability. Beyond our borders, however, academic libraries must also interact productively with other interrelated systems including publishers, public policy makers, information technology experts, and more. Academic librarians actively engage with these systems and increasingly challenge them to build a sustainable world that fosters a creative, robust community of information generators and consumers.

Knowledge creation and discovery is vital to the health and dynamism of our library ecosystem. To that end, the ACRL 2015 conference planning committee invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues on the theme Creating Sustainable Community on March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Portland, known for environmental awareness, innovation, and active involvement in creating and nurturing forward-looking communities, serves as the perfect backdrop for exploring and advancing libraries’ own sustainability. The conference will also celebrate the Association of College and Research Libraries' 75th anniversary, a testament to our longevity and value!

The ACRL Conference offers a variety of options for participation. In addition, the 2015 committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate your thinking and to empower you to position your proposal within the conference theme. When submitting a proposal, include up to three tags. The tags will serve to create our own conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

Conference Tags

75th Anniversary
Leadership & management
Professional/staff development
Public services
Scholarly communication
Teaching & learning
Technical services




Campus-wide initiatives
Community/civic engagement
Data curation/management
Data services
Digital collections
Digital humanities
Distance learning
Electronic resources
First-year experience
Fiscal planning
Information literacy

Instructional design
Intellectual freedom
Intellectual property & copyright
LIS educationMarketing
Metadata & cataloging
Mobile technologies
Organizational change
Public policy/government relations
Special collections
Student success
Trends & forecasting
Type of library (university, community college, college, special)
User experience

Contributed Papers
60 minutes for three paired papers
(20 min. per paper including Q+A)
200-400 people
2,500 word completed paper due 2/6/2015. Provide electronic handouts
Panel Sessions
60 minutes
200-400 people
Provide electronic handouts
Poster Sessions
60 minute presentation repeated multiple times during time block
Flow in exhibit hall
Provide physical poster, electronic handouts
Three to six hours
30-65 people
Provide electronic handouts
Roundtable Discussions
60 minutes
10 people, including facilitator(s)
Provide electronic handouts
TechConnect Presentations 20 minutes 250 people Provide electronic handouts
Virtual Conference Webcasts
60 minutes
100-200 people
Attended presenter orientation. Provide electronic handouts
Workshops Three hours 60 people Provide electronic handouts

∞ Preconferences have separate registration fees; contact Margot Conahan (312-280-2522; during the development of your proposal to develop a budget for your session.

Important resources

Please carefully read the Program Proposal Instructions before you begin.  We also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community created for individuals who want to find like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

How to submit proposals

Proposals must be submitted via the Proposal Submission Form


May 9, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time) - Proposals due for contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconferences

November 3, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time) - Proposals due for poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts


  • Proposal selection for ACRL 2015 is a blind, peer-review process. If you identify yourself, your institution, your grant name, etc. in the descriptions, you proposal will not be considered.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your proposal is fully completed. Proposals with significant incomplete information on the submission deadline date will not be considered.
  • Proposals should be for original work that has not been previously published.


ACRL 2015 presenters will be required to:

  • register for and attend the conference (complimentary registration may be requested for non-librarian presenters);
  • grant permission for possible recording (slidecasts) and broadcast of their presentation;
  • assign ACRL first publication rights, as contributed papers will be published as part of the ACRL conference proceedings; and
  • contributed paper presenters must provide completed papers in both hard copy and electronic versions by the deadline date.

Selection criteria

The ACRL 2015 Conference committees will evaluate the content of your proposal for relevance to the conference theme, clarity, originality, and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals that:

  • demonstrate innovative thinking;
  • generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries;
  • contribute ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus;
  • present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology; and
  • encourage active learning among conference attendees.


August 2014 - Notifications issued for contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconferences

January 2015 - Notifications issued for poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts