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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Nimisha Bhat

As part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary, we’ve asked the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship recipients to describe the impact of attending the ACRL 2015 Conference on their professional life and/or their library.

Nimisha BhatNimisha Bhat is the non-Roman cataloging program coordinator at the Ohio State University in Columbus. She received a conference scholarship from the ACRL University Libraries Section.

“As an early-career librarian in a non-librarian role, it was difficult for me to feel like I really belonged in the field. My current position does not financially support attendance to conferences because I am not faculty, so I was having a hard time feeling inspired to consider myself an active participant in academic librarianship. It’s hard to feel like you’re making a difference when you aren’t jet-setting to far off destinations to join your peers at a big convention, or when you don’t have the occupational capacity to do scholarly research or publishing – or so I felt.

It was then that I discovered ACRL’s conference scholarships, and was lucky enough to be a recipient of an Early Career Librarian scholarship. It was a chance for me to learn what my field was all about, to meet new people and give me new ideas and inspiration to excel. Being at the conference this year was such a delight – from attending a plethora of panels and talks that challenged the way I thought to seeing familiar faces from library school, ACRL provided me with an amazing opportunity and above all empowered me. It is so important to me and to all young librarians like me who feel like they need a little professional direction that ACRL has the opportunity to continue to provide these scholarships in the future. With help from donors and ACRL, early career academic librarians have the chance to feel like they really belong in this inspiring field.”