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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Natalie Burclaff

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.

Natalie Burclaff is the head of information literacy initiatives at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Attending the ACRL 2015 conference benefited me greatly. Not only was I able to present at my first panel session with colleagues, but I was also able to take ideas from other presentations, roundtables, and poster sessions back to my small, urban campus.

I teach a 3-credit information literacy course. I was happy to incorporate the research of Dr. Safiya Noble, who presented her invited paper on how Google searches shape identities. It especially resonated with one of my students, who when searching for himself, was presented with images of mug shots of people with the same common Hispanic name. Another specifically applicable session I attended was on the collaboration of librarians in two-year and four-year colleges. As president of the Maryland Chapter of ACRL, I’m working on our upcoming conference centered around the transfer student experience and creating information literacy standards across the state, inspired by that talk.

One personal highlight was the ability to connect with my fellow social media librarians at the Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group meet-up. We are active on our Facebook page, but very rarely get to meet in real life. This was a great way to share our outreach efforts and make connections across different institutions. Without the scholarship money, it would have made attending the conference, on the other side of the country, extremely difficult.”