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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Erin Gallagher

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.

Gallagher, ErinErin Gallagher is the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

“Though I’ve attended several regional and national conferences in the past few years, 2015 was the first year I attended ACRL.  I recently transitioned from working for an academic book vendor (the ‘corporate side’) to becoming the e-resources librarian at Rollins College.  This has been a terrific career transition, but one that requires me to shift my way of thinking about academic libraries and the challenges we face.

The opportunity to attend the ACRL conference in Portland could not have come at a better time.  It was so encouraging to meet and network with other academic librarians who are early in their career, or others who have also transitioned from the vendor world to the library.  The sessions were very relevant to the kinds of programs and initiatives my own library is either considering or already maintaining (digital humanities, big data management, use-driven acquisitions, open educational resources, etc.), and I was able to return to Rollins College with a deeper knowledge of how we can make progress or explore new opportunities.

I also had the pleasure of presenting an immersive workshop on use-driven acquisitions to a fantastic group of librarians; it was a positive shared learning environment that could only be possible at ACRL.  I am more confident in my new role because of the connections I made and the energy I brought back from Portland.  Because my library is located in the exact opposite corner of the U.S. from Portland, Oregon, the scholarship I received was crucial in my ability to attend.  I hope others will be able to enjoy this opportunity at future ACRL conferences.”