Ascending into an Open Future

Today’s higher education environment calls for continually innovative ways to advance student, faculty, and institution success.

If you are part of the academic and research library community; value sustainable, open scholarship and education; embrace equity, diversity and inclusion; and want to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills you need now—this event is for you.

With a mix of live and on-demand programs available through May 13, ACRL 2021 offers the programming you need to get ahead. The program features sortable tags and a variety of session types making it easy for you to plan your days and choose the programs most beneficial to your professional growth. Multiple formats fit every learning style, from five to 60 minutes, from large groups to one-on-one. Click on the applicable buttons below or use these screen readable versions: ACRL 2021 Live Schedule or ACRL 2021 OnDemand Schedule.

Live Schedule

All programs are listed in Central time. You can enter the virtual conference platform on April 6 to create your personal agenda by favoriting sessions, after which you can export your sessions to your Outlook or Google calendar. Live sessions will be recorded and available through May 13 in the virtual conference platform.


On-Demand programs will be available as recordings in the virtual conference platform. You will have access to the platform through May 13 and can engage with and ask questions of the On-Demand presenters via asyhcnronous chat.


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Invited Presentations

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Ferretti

Jennifer Ferretti

Charlotte Roh

Charlotte Roh

Working Together for an Open Future

Connect with your community and learn about how today’s academic and research libraries are cultivating more open and inclusive organizations, collections, and services.

Programs include:

  • Topical Contributed Papers exploring user collections for social justice; invisible disabilities; anti-racist praxis; qualitative data analysis; innovation and problem solving; information literacy; assessment; and more.
  • Interactive Panel Sessions examining universal design; equity, diversity, and inclusion; instructional collaborations; student success; OERs; learning analytics; copyright policies; mentoring; sustainability practices, and more.
  • Timely Micro-Presentations focusing on digital accessibility; first-generation students; information ethics; mentoring; remote learning; critinfolib; and more.
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Career Coaching

Recharge your career by meeting with a professional counselor.

The counselor can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or rejuvenating your career. Perhaps you have been laid-off or foresee a lay-off in the future. These sessions can also help you in determining your next move. Each session is completely confidential.

Career coaching sessions will be held Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central. Sign up confidentially online. Contact Beatrice Calvin at 800-545-2433 ext. 4280 or with questions.

Advance Your Career and Connect with Peers

300+ live and on-demand programs

Keynote and Invited Presentations

Virtual Exhibit Hall


Interactive Discussion Groups

Eye-popping Poster Sessions

Chat Rooms and Social Connections