I am taking advantage of the virtual conference after ACRL, since it was impossible to get to all the great presentations while I was there. Thanks!
john meier
Penn State University
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Virtual Conference

The ACRL 2015 Virtual Conference, offered March 25-27, 2015, will provide academic and research librarians unable to make the trip to Portland an affordable opportunity to participate in the conference. For those librarians with reduced support for professional development and or travel, the Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities.

Like its face-to-face counterpart, the ACRL 2015 Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The online conference features twelve live webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities such as slidecasts and virtual poster sessions, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. The Virtual Conference archive is available for one year and will include more than 150 slidecasts (PowerPoint or other presentations synced with audio of the speaker) from every contributed paper, invited paper, panel session, and TechConnect presentation offered at the face-to-face conference in Portland.

Presentation Formats

Webcasts (Synchronous): Interactive webcasts are offered in real-time, while presenter show visuals such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications.  Participants will have the opportunity to interactive with the presenters in real time.  Webcasts will be offered on March 25-27, 2015.  The webcast schedule and descriptions will be available online shortly.

Slidecasts (Asynchronous): Slidecasts are asynchronous recordings of PowerPoint presentations synched with real-time audio for sessions presented at the face-to-face conference in Portland.  Every contributed paper, invited paper, panel session, and TechConnect presentation offered at ACRL 2015 will be recorded as a slidecast.  These slidecasts, more than 150 total, will be available online as part of the Virtual Conference a week or two after ACRL 2015.  This feature gives you the opportunity to see and hear every paper and panel presented in Portland. 

Virtual Poster Sessions (Asynchronous):In addition, asynchronous poster sessions selected only for virtual presentation will be available when the Virtual Conference launches.

Technology Requirements

All tools used as part of the Virtual Conference are designed to work with both PC and Macintosh computers with an Internet connection.  Live webcasts will take place on the Adobe Connect platform.  Headphones or speakers are needed to hear the live session audio.

How to Register

Virtual Conference registration will be available in mid-Feburary 2015.

Registration Fees

Member Type: Registration Rate:
ACRL Personal Member $185
ALA Member $225
Nonmember $295
Full-time Library School Student $85
Retired $125
Nonsalaried/unemployed ALA member $125
*Group (up to 3 attendees) $325
*Group (4-9 attendees) $625
*Group (10+ attendees) $995
Group registration, additional site license $25

Each registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event. (Note: Face-to-face ACRL 2015 conference registrants receive complimentary access to the virtual conference as part of their conference registration.

About Group Registration

*Group registration for the live Virtual Conference is for a single log-in per institution (the group participates in the live events from the same location).  Additional site licenses can be purchased for $25 if your institution needs multiple log-ins.  After the live event, the archive information will be sent to the group's main contact and the contact can share the archive link with the other individuals in the group.  This allows members of the group to access the archived materials on their own schedule.