Past Events

ACRL Leaders' Reception

ACRL National Conference Baltimore
March 24, 2017


CritLib: Theory and Action  

Friday, November 11, 2016  

Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA

CritLib, or critical librarianship, is a movement to bring social justice principles into our work in libraries. CritLib aims to engage participants in discussion about critical perspectives on library practice. At this workshop we will explore the CritLib movement, investigate our own assumptions and their effect on  our work and our patrons, and learn from librarians who have tried to make libraries more inclusive.


Keynote: Veronica Arellano Douglas, Reference & Instruction Librarian, St. Mary’s College (Introduction Sarah Elichko)

CritLib in Practice: Panel and presentations from area libraries

Closing discussion: DeVon Jackson, Assistant Director of Leadership Programs & Cultural Development, Villanova University

Find the full program synopsis on our blog.



The Open Alternative: Open Access, Open Textbooks, Open Journals

 April 15, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940

Join us to hear perspectives from across the OER (Open Educational Resources) landscape. Colleagues involved in both nascent and ongoing initiatives will share their experiences, and we will learn about lobbying efforts to encourage the development of OER.


Bill Hemmig, Dean, Learning Resources and Online Learning, Bucks County Community College

Stacey Effrig, Assistant Professor, Arts, Communication, Bucks County Community College

Annie Johnson, Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist, Temple University

Ethan Senack, Higher Education Advocate, United States Public Interest Research Group


Building the Future - Fall 2015 Event

November 13, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

Eastern University 

Warner Memorial Library, Harold H. Howard Center
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA.

Shifting from the old-fashioned repository to a user-centric, “third place” community center, libraries are developing as both place and space. Meeting and reflecting the changing needs of today’s students, faculty and staff is a constant challenge. Developing a building framework that anticipates, to the degree possible, future needs is also a priority. For some libraries that has meant large-scale renovations or new buildings; for other libraries it has led to rethinking services to provide opportunities for creative and adaptive reconfiguration of spaces. Join us for presentations and conversations about space planning in our libraries.

We would also like to showcase photos of the renovations of attendees' libraries in a slideshow. Please e-mail your photos to Cathy Ogur at with a brief description of your project.



Elizabeth Evans, Point Park University
Don’t Touch the Marble! Working within an early 20th century bank building to move library services into the 21st century

Deborah Gaspar, Rowan University
Refreshing the Reference Reading Room

Joy Dlugosz, Eastern University
Transforming Library Space “for students sake” 

Business Meeting & Tours of Eastern's Renovations

Amanda Avery & Zhong Geng, Marywood University

Rayford Law, Project Designer & Rebecca Vargas, Project Architect
Light & Delight: from tradition to innovation in the new Library at the Princeton Theological Seminary

Open discussion of space planning & closing

Bridging Information Literacy Skills: School & Academic Librarians in Conversation 

April 16, 2015 9am-3pm

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Center for Business and Industry Building, Room C2-28

This is an opportunity to learn from information literacy leaders who bridge the gap from high school to the college experience.  

Presenters include:

  • Cathi Furman, Library Department Supervisor, Hempfield School District, Landisville, PA.
  • Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian, Kutztown Senior High School, Kutztown, PA.
  • Tim Siftar, Liaison Librarian for Education, Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
  • Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State-York 
  • Jeremiah Mercurio, Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College
  • Sharon Smith, Reading Specialist, Delaware County Community College

Doing Digital

November 6, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 

Dot Porter, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania
Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship: SIMS as an Object Lesson?

Panel Discussion:

  • Laurie Allen, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Research Services, Haverford College
  • Monica Mercado, Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College
  • Nabil Kashyup, Librarian for Digital Initiatives, Swarthmore College
  • Matt Shoemaker, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship Service Development, Temple University

Doing Digital:
An afternoon of discussion and Hands-on activity with digital scholarship librarians in the know!

Online Learning: How Libraries Go the Distance

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Penn State Great Valley
Malvern, PA

Event Flyer


One Step Further: The Benefits of Integrating your Library Tutorial in your LMS
Tracey Amey (PA College of Technology)

Service to Distance Learners: Drexel University Libraries eResource AccessIssue Reporting and Response System
Noelle Egan (Drexel University)

Guide on the Side: Better for Student Learning, Better for Library Budgets
Nancy Bellafante (Drexel University)

Synchronous Opportunities: Developing an Information Literacy Webinar Program
Michael LaMagna (Delaware County Community College)

Challenges, Communication, and Connections: Effectively Bridging Multiple Locations
Marietta Dooley and Sharon Neal (Alvernia University)

Using Blackboard Collaborate for Information Literacy Instruction Sessions inOnline Classes
Mary Buchanan and Marilyn Harhai (Clarion University)


Marketing Yourself...Mentoring Others

Friday, November 15, 2013

Paul Peck Alumni Center
Drexel University
3141 Chestnur Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Program Flyer

  • Welcome & Opening Activity
  • Keynote Presentation: Peggy Drexler, Weill Medical College, Cornell University: Five Ways We Hurt Our Careers - And How To Stop          
  • Tina Hertel, Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College: Purposeful Networking
  • Peggy Seiden, Swarthmore College Libraries: A Look Inside Swarthmore’s Mentoring Program
  • Unconference! Breakout sessions on resumes, ACRL/DVC mentoring, promotion/tenure.

Leading Academic Libraries to Excellence

April 19, 2013 - Temple University
Program Flyer 

Leading From Wherever You Are: Higher Ed Needs Grassroots Library Leaders 
Keynote Presentation by Steven Bell, ACRL President

 The health of higher education is not well. Recovery is a complex task that will require input from many voices. Grassroots leaders can help fix what’s broken about higher education. They can come from anywhere in the organization. They act to create change when they see an opportunity. They bring a bottom-up balance to top-down leadership. In this presentation Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services and ACRL, will identify the qualities of grassroots leaders and make a case that library staff can emerge as grassroots leaders in helping their institution to adapt to an uncertain future landscape for higher education.

  • Keynote Presentation: Steven Bell, 2012-2013 ACRL President, Associate University Librarian, Temple University   
  • Linda McCann, Director, Library Services, Jackie Fritz, Faculty Liaison, Learning Technologies, Liz Sette, Director, Technology Learning Center, Bucks County Community College
    • *2010 ACRL Academic Excellence Award* 
  • Joseph Lucia, University Librarian, Villanova University 
    • *2013 ACRL Academic Excellence Award*
  • Deborah Turner, Assistant Professor, iSchool, Drexel University
  • Panel Discussion 
  • Question and Answer Period

Globetrotting Librarians
...Exploring International Librarianship 

Program Flyer
Detailed Program 

  • Academic Librarianship in the United Arab Emirates: A Potpourri of Challenges and Opportunities
    Joanna Tillson (Zayed University, Abu Dhabi)
  •  Reinforcing Roots: Establishing a Branch Library in Stockholm
    Carroll Odhner & Carol Traveny (Bryn Athyn College)
  • Intensive English Study and Library Instruction: How Librarians Help Improve Academic Literacy Skills of ESL Students
    Andrea R. Malone (University of Houston)
  • VuFind and International Library-Initiated Open Source Software Development 
    Demian Katz (Villanova University)
  • IFLA’s Academic Activities with Global Librarianship
    Stephen Marvin (West Chester University)
  • Integrating the Library into the Global University 
    Larissa Gordon & Michelle Reale (Arcadia University)
  • “I Read; I Travel; I Become” : Reflections on Delivering Library Services to a Community at Sea
    Erin Stalberg (Mount Holyoke College)

Stepping Out and Stepping Up
... Making a Difference on Campus

April 20, 2012

Program Flyer
Detailed Program with Abstracts


This event is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, and would not have been possible without the help of the College and Research Division of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member - thank you!

Patron Driven Acquisitions
... Collaborative Collection Development?

November 18, 2011

Happy Hours and Annual Business Meeting
... at ACRL National Conference in Philadelphia

March 31, 2011

Fom DimDim to Boopsie
... Getting Serious about Technology in Libraries

November 12, 2010

Assess This!
... What, How and Who Cares?

April 16, 2010

  • Assessment and Three Questions: What? Why? How?
    Peter Hernon, Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.
  • Practical Library Assessment.
    Stephen Spohn, Senior Consultant, Planning and Assessment at LYRASIS, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.
  • The Rohrbach Library: Moving Toward Purposeful Assessment.
    Ruth Perkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian; Krista Prock, Information Literacy/Reference Librarian; and Karen Wanamaker, Education Librarian at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, have kindly granted permission to provide their PowerPoint presentation.
  • Assess This! What, How and Who Cares?
    Nonny Schlotzhauer, Social Sciences Librarian at Penn State University, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.

Meet & Greet
... at the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille in King of Prussia

October 29, 2009

Going Green
... Big Ideas, Small Steps

April 24, 2009

  • Green Libraries.
    Frederick Stoss, Associate Librarian of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University at Buffalo - SUNY, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.
  • The Little Green Library.
    Henry Pisciotta, Arts and Architecture Librarian at Penn State University Libraries, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.
  • Going Green at Penn State Wilkes-Barre: Abram Nesbitt III Academic Commons.
    Bruce Reid, Head Librarian at Penn State Wilkes Barre, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.
  • The Green Library Experience: Building One, Living in One.
    Ronald Servello, Associate Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at Penn State University Libraries, has kindly granted permission to provide his PowerPoint presentation.

Putting Librarians in Their Place
... A Fresh Look at Outreach

November 21, 2008

Wrestling with eReference Resources

May 9, 2008

Finders, Seekers, Info Keepers
... Connecting with Today's Students

November 2, 2007

Happy Hour and Annual Business Meeting
... at ACRL National Conference in Baltimore

March 30, 2007

The Future of the Catalog
... Deconstruction or Reinvention?

November 3, 2006

Open Access Publishing
... Trend or Transformation?

March 24, 2006

Dynamic Digitization
... Local Ideas, Global Applications

March 18, 2005

What's the Big IDeA? An Institutional Digital Repository at Your Library.
Emily and Kristi have kindly granted permission to make their PowerPoint Presentation available.