ACRL 2011 Registration Now Open

ACRL 2011 LogoACRL announces the opening of registration for the ACRL 2011 National Conference, “A Declaration of Interdependence,” to be held March 30 — April 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. Registration materials are now available online. Register by the early-bird deadline of February 4, 2011, and save more than 20 percent on conference registration. Special group registration prices, reduced airfares, hotel discounts, and scholarships are also available.

Offered biennially, the ACRL National Conference is the premier event for academic libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff and library vendors from across the country and around the world.  The ACRL 2011 National Conference will feature more than 300 peer-reviewed sessions specific to the needs of academic and research librarians and staff.

Register today and:

  • Keep pace with emerging technologies
  • Exchange ideas with your colleagues and discuss hot topics
  • Return to your library with practical tools and tips you can use
  • Explore over 200 exhibits with cutting edge products and services
  • Receive one year of the Virtual Conference with over 130 sessions free!

ACRL’s Celebrated Line-Up Of Keynote Speakers
Tiffany ShlainTiffany Shlain – Wednesday, March 30, 2011: Tiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, Internet pioneer, and activist. Founder of The Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, she was honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Her films have been selected at more than 100 film festivals and have won 20 awards, including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes. Shlain’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and known for their whimsical yet provocative approach to unraveling complicated subjects. She is currently working on a feature-length film and Internet project, “Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence,” set for completion in winter 2010.

Raj PatelRaj Patel – Thursday, March 31, 2011: Activist, academic, and much-in-demand speaker Raj Patel is an authority on the world economic system and the international food crisis. Patel brings the idea of interdependence to his writings about sustainability, the food crisis and democracy. He is an award-winning author of five books, including Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us?, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and his 2010 New York Times bestseller, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. He has written more than a dozen articles, all of which are open access and freely available on his Website along with a link to his blog and several thought-provoking videos.

Clinton KellyClinton Kelly – Saturday, April 2, 2011: What happens when a renowned fashion expert with an international following comes to ACRL? Find out when Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, delivers the closing keynote at ACRL 2011. A renowned fashion expert and author who specializes in helping individuals achieve personal and professional transformations, Kelly will discuss why we are often averse to change and how to turn this fear into positive action. Kelly achieved his own transformation to television stardom from the world of fashion journalism, where he worked for such publications as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, and DNR. You’ll want to be there when Kelly delivers the closing keynote address and sends thousands of academic and research librarians home with inspiration and ideas for a better self and a better library.

ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference
ACRL is offering conference registrants more for their money by providing one year of access to the ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference free with conference registration. The Virtual Conference will feature slidecasts and PowerPoint presentations synched with program audio for every contributed paper, panel session and Cyber Zed Shed presentation (more than 100 total sessions), so attendees can view sessions they missed in person after the conference. The Virtual Conference will also include live Webcasts, blogs, speaker handouts, and more.

More Than 80 Scholarships Available!
ACRL is offering more than 80 scholarships exceeding $40,000 in value to support participation in the conference for librarians, students, Spectrum scholars, and support staff. There are five scholarship categories, and all applications must be received by November 9, 2010. Visit the scholarships section of the conference Web site for more details.

ACRL 2011 Online
Learn more about ACRL 2011 and follow conference news through the conference Website. Connect with fellow attendees on Facebook and follow breaking conference news and conversations on Twitter through the official conference hashtag #acrl2011. And make sure to tag your ACRL National Conference online content, including images and blog posts, with the official conference tag acrl2011.

Join Us In Philadelphia
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore new ideas and consider the interdependency that exists in our academic and research library community. Join us in Philadelphia to make ACRL 2011 a truly revolutionary conference!

For more information about ACRL 2011, contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522.