VLA-College and Research Libraries Chapter (VLACRL) 

VLACRL Executive Committee Nominations 

As part of the VLA Annual Conference, the VLACRL Conference-within-a-Conference is designed for academic librarians in Virginia. Peer-reviewed sessions will discuss a wide range of topics, including improving library instruction, collaborating with faculty, diversifying library collections, and leveraging survey data for impact and improvement.

Please click here for descriptions of the VLACRL Conference-within-a-Conference sessions and the VLACRL poster sessions.

The VLACRL dine-around is also an excellent opportunity to network with other college and university librarians in the Commonwealth. Please sign up for the VLACRL dine-around at the Brick Anchor here.

See you in Norfolk!


July 17, 2019: VLACRL Summer Program, Project Outcomes for Academic Libraries: Data for Impact and Improvement



Please join us in Richmond for the free VLACRL Summer Program, Project Outcomes for Academic Libraries: Data for Impact and Improvement. Project Outcome for Academic Libraries is a free online toolkit designed to help academic libraries assess and communicate the impact of essential library programs and services. Based on the model developed by the Public Library Association (PLA), Project Outcome provides simple surveys and tools for measuring and analyzing outcomes, including interactive data dashboards. Users also have access to the resources and training support needed to use their results and confidently assert the value of their academic library.


No registration fee, 50 participant cap


Location: 250 Multipurpose Room, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 – 11:30


Light refreshments provided courtesy of VCU Libraries


Lunch with the group afterward to carry on the discussion (pay your own way)


Parking: Broad Street Parking Deck (https://maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/broadstdeck/) and the Cary Street Parking Deck (https://maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/carystdeck/index.html). Each is about 3-4 blocks away.


Register Herehttps://forms.gle/CGHPZiZR3RMtc5ph7



Virginia ACRL Spring Program: May 1, 2019, Longwood University


Join your academic library colleagues in this timely program focused on Libraries, Analytics, and Student Privacy.


Register today


Cost: $40 for ACRL Members, $50 for non-ACRL Members 

Hannah Rainey, Lead Librarian for Academic Technology, NC State University 
As the privacy landscape grows and shifts around us, library professionals must re-examine our role as stewards, advocates, and educators. We must grapple with challenging questions, such as: Do our policies and daily practices live up to the standards of our profession? Do the standards of our profession meet the expectations of our users? 
For the last 3 years, Hannah Rainey has engaged with library colleagues and students in conversations and activities that highlight the importance and complexity of privacy and security in higher education and beyond. She will share her experiences with navigating this challenging problem space and discuss ideas for engaging students. 

Laura Gariepy, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Virginia Commonwealth University
Laura will provide an overview of what we currently know -- and don't know --about user perspectives on information privacy in the context of libraries. This is a critical area of understanding for librarians as student data plays an increasingly important role in universities' assessment practices. In addition, she will share preliminary findings from her dissertation research on undergraduate students' attitudes about search data privacy in academic libraries. The findings of her qualitative research will provide some of the first in-depth, exploratory information about student perspectives on this matter, and will begin to help answer the question of the extent to which librarians' long-held values about user privacy are aligned with student expectations.


Chapter Information

Purpose: To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas to promote service to the academic community.


  1. To provide continuing education annually for interested library personnel.
  2. To serve as the Virginia chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

VLACRL Officers 2019


See a list of the previous programs that the VLACRL has planned in the past by visiting our Continuing Education Archive. Are you interested in suggesting a program for us to plan? E-mail any member of the Executive Board.

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