75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Mara M. Egherman

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.

Mara EghermanMara M. Egherman is the library services manager and adjunct instructor at Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, Iowa.  She received the ACRL Community and Junior College Library Section 2015 Conference scholarship.

“Receiving the ACRL scholarship did lots of things for me for which I am extremely grateful! It gave me leverage in my own institution to apply for additional or ‘matching’ professional development funding so that most of my conference expenses were covered.

It allowed me the opportunity to meet other community college librarians with whom I continue to correspond regarding the increased need for information literacy skills for our students in the current climate of tight budgets. As a solo librarian, that is invaluable.

In several conference sessions, discussions about how to keep data and what data to track were really helpful. We all work in an environment where we have to prove our library’s worth now, don’t we?

The best thing of all was seeing friends and serendipitously meeting more academic librarians, my favorite kind of people. I came home full of ideas and inspiration for my work at my library and how best to serve similar libraries in my state as a leader in our state library association.

Thank you again.”