Annual Meetings

The AACRL annual meeting and business dinner is held annually in conjunction with the Alabama Library Association’s annual convention. Attendees enjoy dinner and a guest speaker.

AACRL also partners with the College, University, and Special Libraries Division to put on Best Practices Programs at ALLA annual convention.

2019 Annual Business Meeting & Dinner

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Wash House Restaurant
17111 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 35620

The menu will consist of the following courses:

    • 1st course: Choice of Wash House salad or seafood gumbo
    • 2nd course: Choice of 8oz. filet mignon, fresh grilled catch, pork tenderloin, or vegetarian option
    • 3rd course: Choice of key lime bread pudding, Godiva chocolate pecan pie, or Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake
    • Non-alcoholic beverage

This year’s speaker will be Ron Leonard, Director of Special Initiatives, Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Toward a Statewide Approach to Open our Educational Resources

One of the contributing factors to the increasing cost of higher education is the cost of print textbooks from commercial publishers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of textbooks increased 88% in a ten year period. One alternative to print textbooks is Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are a wide variety of educational resources created with a type of license that encourages their free use via the Web. Because they make higher education both more affordable and accessible, they are getting significant attention and use across the country. To raise awareness and adoption of them in Alabama, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Alabama Community College System collaborated to provide statewide training and a grant program. As a result of the grant program, numerous projects were launched across the state, which will impact 18,000 students and save over $2,000,000. During this session, we will review the status of this statewide initiative, discuss its potential next steps, and explore what, if any, role the academic can play in supporting their use.

Please register by March 31st. Contact Kathy Wheeler ( with any questions.

2019 Business Meeting & Dinner Registration

Registration form  for check payment (PDF)

Past AACRL Annual Meetings

      • April 11, 2017, Florence, AL. Networking dinner.
      • April 19, 2017, Montgomery, AL.
        Digital Humanities: How Students Become Curators
        Speaker: Dr. Lauren Cardon, University of Alabama Digital Humanities Center
        Presentation (PowerPoint file)
      • April 25, 2012, Hoover, AL
        Disrupted Higher Learning: Leading from the Library
        Speaker: Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services, Temple University
      • April 20, 2011, Orange Beach, AL
        K-16 Information Literacy Efforts in Georgia
        Speaker: Nadine Cohen, University of Georgia Libraries
      • April 23, 2008, Homewood, AL
        Speaker: Dr. Julie Todaro, ACRL President
      • April 18, 2007, Mobile, AL
        Emerging Ideas: The Academic Library of the Future
        Speaker: Kate Nevins, Executive Director of SOLINET
      • April 26, 2006, Florence, AL
        Current ACRL Events and Initiatives
        Speaker: Frances Maloy, Emory University Library, ACRL Past-President
      • April 20, 2005, Birmingham, AL
        How Should Academic Libraries Address the Requirements of the SACS Principles of Accreditation?
        Speaker: Dr. Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University
      • April 21, 2004, Montgomery, AL
        The Academic Library in a Digital World: Problems and Possibilities
        Speaker: Dr. Fred M. Heath, Vice-provost and Director of General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin

Past AACRL/CUS Best Practices Programs