ACRL Presents – “An Introduction to Academic Librarianship”

Join ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast, “An Introduction to Academic Librarianship,” sponsored by the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Convert additional time zones online.)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an academic librarian? Academic libraries are uniquely positioned within higher-education institutions. They serve multiple constituencies across the campus ecosystem, so these librarians contribute to an array of functions. This webcast will provide an overview of academic librarianship, so you can determine whether its nature appeals to you. We’ll discuss various academic library environments (tenure-track versus non-tenure track; community college versus liberal arts school versus research university; etc.) to help you focus the job search. And we’ll identify skills, credentials, and areas of knowledge commonly required of academic librarians, so you can find appropriate educational and experiential opportunities.


Jennie E. Callas is the Head of Reference and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library and the author of “What is Academic Librarianship,” a chapter in The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job (ACRL, 2019).

How to Register

Free registration is now available. The webcast will be recorded and posted on the ACRL website after the live event. Questions should be directed to Mary Jane Petrowski at

November 11 Update:

The session recording and slides are now available online.