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ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Get Involved

Information and resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

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ACRL 2021 Conference

Call for Participation

ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2021.

Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Submit your ideas for presentation at ACRL 2021 in Seattle, where we will explore the theme Ascending into An Open Future in the hometown of the iconic, soaring Space Needle.

Through the work of talented library workers like you, and ACRL’s commitments to equitable and open scholarship as well as equity, diversity and inclusion, today’s academic and research libraries are providing more open and inclusive collections and services. Share your ideas with your colleagues in Seattle as we work together for an open future. Find colleagues and join the conversation on #acrl2021.

The deadline for Lightning Talk, Poster, Roundtable, TechConnect, Webcast submissions has been extended to Monday, November 9. As a reminder of the new Participation Limitsall submitters (even those that already submitted in the spring) are eligible to be included as a presenter or co-presenter on a maximum of two additional proposals for the revised fall submission deadline, and can ultimately present a maximum of two times during the ACRL Conference.​

Learn more and submit a proposal!

Get Involved with ACRL!


Advance the profession by serving on one of ACRL's many committees, task forces, and editorial boards. Learn more here.

Find Your Niche
ACRL's numerous discussion groups (DGs) and interest groups (IGs) serve as in-person and virtual forums for members to explore emerging issues. Many DGs and IGs meet virtually throughout the year or on-site at ALA Annual Conferences, and you can further connect with members and colleagues through ALA Connect.

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Share Your Expertise

ACRL invites proposal submissions for e-Learning programs. Share your expertise as an ACRL e-Learning presenter. Submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your knowledge and innovative developments with your colleagues. October 23, 2020 is the submission deadline.

Share your expertise and experience with your colleagues by writing an article, book, or blog post through ACRL's publication program. Opportunities are also available to translate ACRL's various standards, guidelines, and frameworks into other languages.

Mentor (or Be Mentored)
Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Many mentoring and coaching programs are available through ACRL's sections, as well as the Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, to help you get the most from this important relationship. Learn more here.


ACRL Awards Program

ACRL's awards recognize and honor the professional contributions and achievements of your peers. This special recognition by the Association of College and Research Libraries enhances the sense of personal growth and accomplishment of our members, provides our membership with role models, and strengthens the image of our membership in the eyes of employers, leadership, and the academic community as a whole.

Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of our prestigious awards and grants to these deserving individuals and institutions enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship.

ACRL is now accepting nominations for 2021 awards! Nominations for most 2021 awards are due December 4, 2020. Award committees will meet and make their selections following the deadline, and recipients will be announced in January/February 2021. Learn more and submit a nominee today!

Residency Programs

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ACRL Diversity Alliance

The ACRL Diversity Alliance unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. By working together and thinking more broadly, ACRL Diversity Alliance institutions will help diversify and thereby enrich the profession. Contact ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Iniativies Allison Payne at if you'd like to join or learn more. 

ACRL Residency Interest Group

The ACRL Residency Interest Group supports resident librarians, former resident librarians, and any interested parties to network, share their expertise, and promote resident librarian groups. To learn more, view their website and mailing list.