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ACRL Appointments Committee: Committee Volunteer Information: Research Planning and Review Committee

Those interested in volunteering for an ACRL Division-Level Committee will find all the information they need to research committee options, including the work of each committee and the time commitments expected for volunteers.


Responsible for creating and updating a biennial environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment, e.g., economic, demographic, political, for release at the ACRL conference. Identifies the “ACRL Top 10 Trends" for release every two years in non-ACRL conference years.

Committee Information

What is the main work of the committee?

Writes reports, "top trends" and "environmental scan," in alternating years.

What are the busy times of year for the committee?

January, July, November, December

On average, what time commitment does being a member of the committee require?

2-4 hours per month

What skills or expertise would be valuable in a member of the committee?

Writing skills, research skills, interest in contemporary trends in libraries/archives & higher education.

Is there anything else someone thinking of volunteering for the committee should know?

This is a committee where you get things done. If you're interested in having a consistent project, this is a good committee.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of the committee’s work, from your perspective?

There is flexibility/creativity in what topics are tackled, so you have the opportunity to bring your ideas to the work.

Questions answered by 2021-2022 Chair/Co-Chair