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

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Get the ACRL Conference App

Available now on all your devices.

The official conference app, “ACRL Conference” has everything you need for conference; an easy-to-use personalized schedule 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!
Sponsored by Modern Language Association

Career Counseling

FREE in the Placement Center

Meet with a professional career counselor who can help strategize for the next phase of your career, solve a problem in your current  situation, define goals, and/or rejuvenate your career. Each one-on-one session is 20 minutes, and is completely confidential. If you have never experienced career counseling, or just haven’t used this type of service in a long time, this is the perfect opportunity. Sign up for an appointment.

Headshot Studio

FREE Professional Headshots

Back by popular demand, this is a first-come, first-served executive portrait-taking experience in the exhibit hall. If desired, makeup professionals will quickly make sure you are looking your best, then you will be 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!

Makeup Artist

ACRL Consulting Services

Discuss your library’s most pressing challenges

Learn how the ACRL Consulting Services team of experienced consultant-practitioners and facilitators can assist your library with an environmental scan, a program review that applies the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, an organization redesign, or a staff retreat. Sign up for a 20-minute meetup with Karen Brown, ACRL Consultant.

ACRL RoadShow Showcase

Local, Affordable In-person Training

Move your library forward by bringing one of ACRL’s popular RoadShows to your campus. Meet our expert presenters and learn how these affordable workshops can help your library tackle the greatest issues facing the profession in the areas of information literacy, scholarly communication, data management, and assessment. Add the Showcase to your conference schedule, Thursday, April 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

ACRL New Publications

Pitch the Editor!

ACRL’s Content Strategist, Erin Nevius, is available to discuss your idea for a book or webinar that will help academic libraries around the world improve their services and offerings, emerging trends you’re seeing, or your innovative research on the profession and its needs. Please prepare for a 5- to 10-minute discussion about your concept. Ideas are always welcome, but these slots are limited, sign up today!



Team Trivia Night

Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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. Classic trivia is a fun and easy way to get to know people, add it to your schedule in the conference app.

Trivia Night

Dinner with Colleagues

Thursday 6 – 9 p.m., Sigh up at Local Arrangements Desk

Join your colleagues at some of Cleveland’s best restaurants. There are several restaurants with a range of prices and types of cuisine to choose from. Everyone will be responsible for the cost of their own meal. Sign up on a first-come, first-served basis at the Local Arrangements Desk in the registration area – and be sure to note the time of your reservation and meetup location.

Think & Drink Sessions

Thursday and Friday, sign up in advance!

These new informal sessions are limited to 50 people each and invite you to discuss the conference theme and some of the hottest topics in academic librarianship today, complete with specialty beverage of your choice (alcohol-free options available). Topics include; Recasting the Narrative at Your Library, Institutional Changes?, Library Changes, and Info Lit: Too Much or Can’t Get Enough? Discuss. All conference registrants will be invited to sign up via email in late February. 

All-Conference Reception

Friday, 8 – 10:30 p.m., Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Join your colleagues among thousands of one-of-a-kind items–ranging from musical instruments and song lyrics to quirky stage props and colorful costumes. Whatever your musical tastes are, there’s a legend here for you. Casual attire is appropriate, consider wearing jeans and your favorite band/concert T-shirt. Shuttle service begins at 7:45 p.m. Come enjoy all the sights and sounds of a truly unique American landmark. Sponsored by EBSCO.

Speaker Ready Room

Stop by, feel ready.

Back by popular demand, the Speaker Ready Room is available during conference hours at the Convention Center in Room 10. Practice your slides, make those final tweaks and be ready for a great session. Thank you in advance for your hard work in preparation!

stack of books


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. The Yoga and Mediation room is also available for drop-in personal meditation/quiet anytime guided meditation or yoga is not in session.

Hotel Bar Soaps


Sign up for mat yoga Friday morning at the Hilton (mats are provided). All conference registrants will be invited to sign up via email in late February. Or, visit the Yoga and Meditation room at the convention center where we offer desk yoga and meditation sessions to help release stress during your regular work day. Each session is first come, first served for a limited number of students to ensure a relaxing environment. No special props or clothing required for the desk yoga or meditation sessions. Find dates and times in the conference schedule. Sponsored by Sage.

Rock n' Run/Walk

Keep your fitness goals, meet some new faces, and get some exercise at ACRL. Thursday morning at 6:30am, we’ll meet in the lobby of the Westin and split into running or walking groups, depending on participant’s preference.  What better way to start the day than with 30 minutes of movement and fresh air! Strictly for fun, this informal run/walk is about three miles along the lake. Limited to 50 participants, all conference registrants will be invited to sign up via email in late February. Sponsored by Project MUSE.

Lounges – Chillaxation for everyone.

Recharge: Recharge yourself and your devices! Check out the wired lounge in the Global Health Center entrance of the convention center 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. Relax in Room 17 with dim lighting and comfortable chairs arranged for privacy.

Art Lounge: Just inside the exhibit hall to the left you’ll find this crafty space equipped with tables, paper, coloring and other art supplies. Create your own piece of art or follow guided art projects. Find guided session times in the conference schedule. 

Mothers: For your convenience, the convention center features two Mamava Lactation pods. These lactation suites make the world a friendlier place for women to breast pump or breastfeed. Please see ACRL staff in the office Room 16, if you need refrigeration.

Conference Lounge

Virtual and Extended Reality Experience

Xtended Reality is changing the ways we learn and communicate in the 21st century. View and test the latest in XR headsets, applications and production tools in the exhibit hall. Examine best practices collected from University libraries throughout the world. Engage, be excited by, and more intelligently respond to the scientific, technological and environmental issues shaping our future. View and try 360 cameras and software production tools used for creating XR programming and Immersive Storytelling. Explore social frameworks for collaborative XR project engagement in virtual social worlds. See how XR technologies can enhance and transform higher education.



ACRL New Publications

Hotel Soap Donations

Be a bandit.

Bring your new, wrapped bars of unused hotel soap/shampoo/conditioner/body wash to support shelters that serve at-risk people in the Cleveland area. Drop off at the collection bins as you enter the convention center. Thank you in advance!