November 24, 2017

Final Numbers in, ACRL Official Say 14th National Conference Was a Record-Breaker

By Andrew Albanese

The The 4,321 library staff, exhibitors, speakers, and guests who gathered in March 12-15 in downtown Seattle for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 14th National Conference was a bit shy of the 4,784 who attended Baltimore—but in terms of “participation,” which included some 350 “virtual conference” attendees, it was a record-breaking show ACRL officials confirmed.  Whether or not you want to asterisk that “participation” record, there is no question the overall attendance, even though down slightly from 2007, was flat-out impressive considering the economy.

Perhaps doubly impressive given budget woes, ACRL officials said the exhibit hall also set a record, featuring more than 225 exhibiting companies, the highest number of exhibiting companies in the history of ACRL National Conference. The next meeting, themed "A Declaration of Interdependence," will be held in 2011 in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 2.

For more, check out LJ’s coverage of the conference here, as well as LJAN contributor Steven Bell’s take here.

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