ACRL 2021 Call for Participation Now Available

ACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2021 Conference, “Ascending into an Open Future,” to be held April 14-17, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Through the efforts of talented library workers, today’s academic and research libraries are providing more open and inclusive collections and services.

ACRL 2021 offers a variety of options for participation and features nine session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 8, 2020. Lightning talk, digital poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and virtual conference webcast proposals are due October 9, 2020. Learn more about the impact of being an ACRL Conference presenter from Peter Hepburn and share your ideas with your colleagues in Seattle as we work together for an open future.

Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website. Conference tags will position proposals within the conference theme and will guide attendees to areas of interest during the conference.

Through its Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and dedication to open and equitable scholarship, ACRL strives to develop an inclusive conference program in Seattle that will reflect the library community’s diverse range of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, economic background, age, and/or ability. We also seek presenters and topics from all types of libraries, positions, and experiences, including nonlibrary faculty, staff, and administrators. Individuals are encouraged to address how their proposed sessions, along with their personal and professional experiences, will advance these goals and promote equity and inclusion.

Complete details about ACRL 2021, including the full Call for Participation, are available on the conference website. ACRL 2021 will feature more than 500 conference programs carefully selected and presented by leaders in the profession, a variety of formal and networking opportunities, exhibits from more than 200 companies, and more. Registration opens in May 2020. 

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or phone (312) 280-2522, or Tory Ondrla at or phone (312) 280-2515.