Start Your Engines People

It’s official. The “Call for Participation” for the ACRL 13th National Conference, to be held in Baltimore from March 29th to April 1st, 2007, is now available. From the official site comes this description:

The ACRL National Conference offers a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, “Sailing into the Future – Charting our Destiny,” recognizes that coming together with other bright minds during the national conference gives many of us a chance to discuss, think, and dream about the future for our libraries. We believe that—as in past conferences—this forum serves as the compass and map to sail beyond our major challenges and truly chart our own destinies.

This call for conference proposals will also appear as an insert in the November 2006 issue of College & Research Library News. I’m looking forward to being there and blogging some sessions.

Come On In And Enjoy The Posts

I hope this visit will be your first of many to ACRLog. A team of dedicated individuals has been working hard the last few months to bring this blog to life. ACRLog is the latest addition to several ALA Divisional blogs. Both the ACRL Board and the members of the blog team are proud to offer a blog devoted to the interests, needs, and concerns of academic and research librarians. I have been blogging for almost two years over at Kept-Up Academic Librarian. Kept-Up helps academic librarians “keep up” with news and developments in higher education . I’m looking forward to this opportunity to share my thoughts about and insights into many of the issues covered at Kept-Up. I invite you to do five things.

1. Read “Why an ACRL Blog” on our page as it explains how this blog evolved, why we think it has value, and what we hope to accomplish here.
2. Read “About ACRLog” which provides the mission statement of this blog.
3. Read “Who We Are” to learn more about the blog team members.
4. Read the posts added by the blog team over the past few weeks – go back into the archives for September and October. I think you will like what you see. It will give you a feel for what you can expect in the future
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ACRLog is just in the crawl stage. We will be evolving and growing over the next months. The blog team invites you to join us in shaping our development. We hope to hear from you by way of comments to posts or contact the bloggers directly with your thoughts and suggestions. This is your blog. We hope you enjoy it.

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