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Calling All Academic Librarians: Here’s why we’re excited for ACRL 2017.

Downtown Baltimore Harbor

Can you feel it? There’s a magic in the air that only comes once every two years. Academic librarians, you know what we’re talking about: it’s almost time for ACRL 2017, March 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland.Every two years, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) puts on the can’t-miss event for academic and research librarians. This year, the conference will feature more than 500 programs selected and presented by leaders in the field. Equal parts networking, learning, and innovating, we love this event for its commitment to things that are close to our hearts: inspiration, innovation, and transformation in academic libraries. Here are just a few reasons we can’t wait for ACRL 2017.


A Manguito checking out a library book.

Mango is bringing their A-game.

For Mangos, conferences like ACRL are our Super Bowl. What makes events like these so special? It gives us an excuse to load up on Mango swag to share (seriously, you have to see our t-shirts!), deck out our booth in our signature bright colors, and mix and mingle with some of the most exceptional academic librarians in the field.

We work hard to build a fresh, flexible language-learning resource that is a natural fit for innovative campus libraries, and we love introducing campus leaders to what Mango has to offer. Stop by Booth #1038 and take Mango for a spin - we promise to make it worth your while!


Students studying at a table in a library


Ideas and programs to inspire your profession.

With more than 500 programs handpicked by leaders in your field, your greatest challenge will be choosing which sessions to attend. Our advice? Sit down with your colleagues and make a list of the issues most pressing to your library right now. Then use the conference’s handy search tool to find the talks most relevant to your institution. Session topics run the gamut, bringing in experts on data literacy, critical cartography, campus partnerships, eBooks, and even academic library bathrooms. If you can dream it, there’s a conference presenter doing it.

In between sessions, enjoy plenty of informal and formal networking opportunities, keynote speakers, workshops (register early - space is limited!), and time to explore the many wonderful ACRL exhibitors who can help transform your library.


Roxane Gay reading from her book "Bad Feminist."


The Keynote speaker is Roxane Gay.

We repeat, Roxane Gay is one of ACRL’s keynote speakers. If you haven’t already read work by Roxane Gay, don’t worry - there is still a little time left to change that. Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is razor sharp, packed with joy and raw emotion, and incredibly thought-provoking. She writes on a wide range of relevant topics, covering everything from intersectional feminism to police brutality to the triumphs and pitfalls of Scrabble.

Along with Roxane Gay, attendees can also hear from David McCandless and Carla Hayden. McCandless is a British data-journalist, author, and information designer. Attend his talk and be wowed by his stunning infographics that discover new stories in data - something all academic librarians can admit to nerding out over.

Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, as well as the first woman and African-American to serve in the role. Prior to her swearing in, Hayden was the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say about the bright future of libraries and librarians in America.




Access to a year-long virtual conference.

Already getting anxiety about which sessions you’ll attend? With 300+ talks to choose from in only five days, it’s impossible to see it all. Luckily, ACRL has got you covered. All registrants will receive a year’s access to at least 200 recorded sessions from the conference. Revisit favorite talks, plan viewing parties with your colleagues, and keep the ACRL inspiration flowing all  year long.

If you can’t attend the conference in-person this year, register as a virtual attendee for access to highlights from this year’s conference, including select keynote speakers, sessions, and live webcasts.

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Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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