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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Yuimi Hlasten

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.

Hlasten, YuimiYuimi Hlasten is the Japanese Cataloger at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

“The year of 2015 has been absolutely great for me since I attended the 2015 ACRL Conference!

Attending the conference boosted my confidence in what I’m able to do now and capable of in the future. It also widened my knowledge in Library Science. Networking with other attendees gave me further insight into my career goals and aspirations.

Meeting up with my conference mentor was the most meaningful experience in the conference.  My mentor not only made me feel welcomed, but also shared a lot of professional knowledge in library metadata services. We still keep in touch on Facebook, and she continues to inspire me with her visions and leadership.

Since the conference, I have been appointed to three committees: the ACRL Conference Scholarships Committee, OSU Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and OSU Libraries Staff Advisory Council. I am so pleased that my employer and supervisor are confident in my ability to serve these respectful committees.

I am very grateful for the Scholarship donors’ generosity, and I cannot thank them enough. I have a two-year old son (who is quite a handful!) With the addition of my son, time and money are more difficult to come by. The opportunity to attend a professional conference like this is something I thought I would never have. The ACRL Conference was an absolute career-altering experience. Family will always come first for me, but the Conference helped me realize that I can still focus on my career and make a difference at work.”