Virtual Conference

The ACRL Virtual Conference enhances the conference experience for attendees onsite and also provides an important professional development opportunity to those unable to travel to ACRL 2017.  The Virtual Conference will be offered live March 22-24, 2017.

The Virtual Conference gives you more for your money and provides an opportunity for you to revisit sessions all year long.  Experience twelve live webcasts, more than 200 slidecasts, recordings of David McCandless and Carla Hayden’s keynotes, and more!

“I loved knowing that I can access the virtual conference for one year–really helped me decide what to focus on.”

ACRL 2015 Attendee


Features Slidecasts (PowerPoint presentations synced with real-time audio) from every contributed paper, invited paper, panel session, and TechConnect program presented at ACRL 2017.

Includes 12 live webcasts accepted exclusively for online-only presentation. These webcasts bring librarians together within the virtual community to interact in real time with participants and presenters.


Virtual Conference participants will be able to see and hear every paper and panel presented in Baltimore, and F2F participants can revisit more than 200 recorded sessions all year long.

How to register

Register online
Submit your Virtual Conference registration via the online registration form.  Please note, you will need to log in to your ALA account or create a new one if you don’t have an ALA profile.  Please expect to receive e-mail confirmation within 24 hours.

Register by mail or fax
Print off a copy of the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference Registration Form (PDF file) and mail or fax your completed form to 301-694-5124.  Please expect to receive an e-mail confirmation within three to five business days of receipt of your form.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

ACRL member $185
ALA Member $225
Nonmember $295
Full-time student $85
Retired $125
Nonsalaried/unemployed ALA member $125

Group: up to 3 attendees $325
Group: 4- 9 attendees $625
Group: 10 or more attendees $995
Group registration, additional site license $25 (allows for viewing at a separate location)

* Virtual Conference webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login for the group. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to your group’s participants in the same location.  If you select the group rate, one person must login and keyboard during the event.  All members of the group will receive access to the Virtual Conference archive. You can purchase an additional site license(s) for $25 for viewing at a separate location.

Each registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event. (Note: Face-to-face ACRL 2017 conference registrants receive complimentary access to the virtual conference as part of their conference registration.)

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before March 21, 2017, are entitled to a refund minus a $50 processing fee.  Cancellations received after March 21, 2017 will not receive a refund.

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.