Call for Poster Session Proposals:

We welcome poster proposals that relate to the conference theme (see below) and are visually engaging.

Presenters will be encouraged to bring their own computer and projector for digital poster display. Tables will be provided for equipment, and/or to display print posters.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Value: Valuing Academic Libraries in a New Era

CARL Biennial Conference | March 31-April 2, 2016

In 2010, ACRL launched its Value of Academic Libraries initiative, the purpose of which is primarily to advance a “research agenda” that encourages the library profession to answer the question, “How does the library advance the missions of the institution?” Methods used by academic libraries to demonstrate value within and without their institutions have included assessment, metrics, user experience studies, citation studies, and other data-driven methods.  Concurrently academic librarians have been concerned with articulating and demonstrating the less-quantifiable values of the profession such as diversity and inclusion, love of learning, serving the public good, social responsibility, and preserving confidentiality and privacy.

We have an exciting program including keynote speaker Safiya Noble, and invited talks from Cynthia Mari Orozco and Will Breitbach.

How are you:

♦ demonstrating the value of your library to your institution and communities;

♦ cultivating the value of your library and/or values of librarianship;

♦ putting the values of librarianship into practice in your library, your institution, your community;

♦ reframing the focus on value (as in return on investment) to one of valuing (people, social justice, democratic spaces, etc.)?


Submit Your Proposal


The deadline for submission is Friday, October 2, 2015.

Accepted posters will be notified by Friday, October 30, 2015.


We look forward to your submissions!


Please feel free to contact the Program Planning Committee with questions:

Lee Adams, Program Proposal Coordinator, at and

Shana Higgins, Program Planning Chair, at​