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KNOXVILLE–University of Tennessee President John Shumaker will be a featured speaker at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on April 12. His topic is “The Higher Education Environment and the Role of the Academic Library.”

More than 2,000 librarians from academic and research libraries nationwide will convene in Charlotte during National Library Week (April 6-12) to discuss a host of pressing issues affecting higher education, including librarian recruitment, funding and technology issues. The conference theme is “Learning to Make a Difference,” and sessions will address student assessment, online privacy, how to help faculty address plagiarism and how to best teach students to find resources in print and on the Web.

ACRL also will launch the first-ever national marketing campaign highlighting the contributions of college and research libraries and librarians. The ACRL @ Your Library – Campaign seeks to promote awareness of the unique role of academic and research libraries, increase visibility and support for academic and research libraries and librarians, and to position librarianship as a desirable career option.