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The Association of Christian Librarians hosts an annual conference in order to inform attendees about contemporary trends in librarianship, stimulate professional development, encourage networking, and provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas.  The conference is also one way that ACL can bring our members into community to encourage one another as Christian librarians primarily serving in Christian higher education around the globe. Librarians should attend who are looking to advance in their profession, engage with like-minded professionals and be refreshed and encouraged for the upcoming year.


What attendees from the 2016 conferene had to say about their experience:

"Loved it! I have never felt more welcomed into a group of people whom I have never met. So many became instant friends that I feel will last throughout the years. The worship times were excellent and offered a good variety of styles and "expressions" that everyone could enjoy. Teaching sessions were very personal and passionate. I could tell the entire conference had been extremely well thought out and prepared."

"The networking opportunities, which were tremendous as I could connect with peers from all over the world who were not only about one continent issues but tackled issues affecting Librarianship across continents. Apart from the exposure to a wealth of knowledge, experience and making valuable contacts, the event opened the bigger picture to the ingenuity that Christian Librarians, researchers and those involved in eLearning in the fraternity have to offer to others."

2016 Pricing Information (To give ballpark pricing for 2017 budgets.)

  Double Occupancy* Single Occupancy* Hotel/Off Campus Single Day
ACL Member $395 $450 $275 $75
Non-Member $470 $525 $350 $110
Library School Student $320 $375 $200 $65
Retiree $320 $375 $200 $65

Conference Package with campus lodging* includes registration fee, lodging (sheets, towels, etc.), meals, reception, banquet, and breaks. Meals begin with dinner Monday evening and conclude with dinner Thursday evening.

Conference Package for off-campus lodging includes conference registration with lunches, dinners, breaks, reception, and banquet only. 

2016 Conference Presentation Materials (George Fox University)

The goals of the conference team, in support of the mission, are:

  1. Inform members of contemporary trends in librarianship;
  2. Provide professional information;
  3. Stimulate professional growth and networking;
  4. Promote a Christian philosophy and ethic of librarianship;
  5. Provide opportunities for exchange of ideas;
  6. Explore possible avenues of library cooperation;
  7. Promote service to the academic community worldwide;
  8. Share Christian fellowship; and
  9. Conduct the necessary business of the Association.

2017 Conference Coordinating Team

April VanPutten, ACL
Manager, Vendor Coordinator

April McKinion, ACL
Registrar, Outreach Coordinator

Fred Sweet, Cornerstone University
Host Librarian

Jamie Pitt, Indiana Wesleyan University
Presentations Coordinator

Tonya Fawcett, Grace College & Theological Seminary
Continuing Education Coordinator