ACRL’s Virtual National Conference

Mar 28, 2005 by

For those who cannot get away for the Minneapolis ACRL conference, an online conference will be available, held completely via the Internet, that will include live, interactive webcasts of select speakers, as well as text-based discussion boards, blogs, speaker materials and more.

More details from Margot Sutton Conahan, Manager, Professional Development, ACRL, in the full entry.

Can’t make it to Minneapolis? You can still participate in the 12th National Conference online! The ACRL Virtual National Conference, held completely via the Internet, will include live, interactive webcasts of select speakers, as well as text-based discussion boards, blogs, speaker materials and more.

The following live, interactive Webcasts will be held on Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9 (archives of Webcasts will be available following the live events):

  • 12th National Conference Keynote Speaker William Mitchell on the topic of new communications and information technology
  • AACR3: Redefining a Standard for the 21st Century (John Attig, Pennsylvania State University; Matthew Beacom, Yale University Library; Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester)
  • Collaboration or Chaos? How to Develop, Staff and Promote a Successful Collaborative Virtual Reference Service (Jennifer Duvernay, Arizona State University; Shelle Witten, Paradise Valley Community College Jennifer)
  • “Dramatically Underrepresented:” Librarians and the First-year Experience (Jane Carlin, University of Cincinnati; Larry Hardesty, Barbara Macke, University of Cincinnati; Loanne Snavely, Pennsylvania State University; Lisa Stillwell, Franklin & Marshall College)
  • Googleization, Visualization, Metasearch, Mapping, and other Disruptive Technologies (Mignon Adams, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Suzanne Bedell, ProQuest; Steven Bell, Philadelphia University; Judy Luther, Informed Strategies LLC)
  • Menage à Trois: The Essential Computing, Library and Instructional Technology Partnership to Advance New Media Learning (Frank Moretti, James Neal, and Patricia Renfro, Columbia University)

The archive of ACRL’s kick-off Webcast (held March 10) will also be available. This event featured a conversation between Clifford Lynch, executive director of CNI, and Michael Keller, university librarian, director of academic information resources, publisher of HighWire Press and publisher of the Stanford University Press, at Stanford University, on the topics of Googlelization, digital repositories, distance education, and privacy.

Other highlights of the conference community include:

  • Daily blogs from roving conference correspondents to keep you posted with information on the activities and pulse of the live conference
  • Speaker materials, including text of contributed and invited papers, PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and more
  • Discussion boards, including both targeted discussions related to presentations and discussion on general conference topics
  • Live virtual meeting rooms to gather with colleagues and network with new friends
  • Access to the community for one-year after the event

The virtual conference, sponsored by ProQuest and hosted by LearningTimes, will take place in a dedicated online conference community that will also serve participants attending the event in Minneapolis, April 7-10, 2005. This will afford unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking among all conference participants – both live and online, only you won’t ever have to leave your desk.

Technical requirements: You need a system that allows for e-mail and Web browsing. Visit for requirements.

How to Register:
Registration for the ACRL Virtual National Conference is available at:

Online National Conference registration fees:

  • ACRL member – $165
  • ALA member – $205
  • Nonmember – $235
  • Student – $75

Registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event. (Note: Face-to-face conference participants receive access to the conference community as part of their conference registration.)

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