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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Elizabeth Lieutenant

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.

Lieutenant, ElizabethElizabeth Lieutenant is a student in the  School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

“I had the privilege of attending the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2015 conference thanks to the generosity of ACRL’s scholarship donors. Having never attended a conference focused specifically on academic librarianship, ACRL was a unique experience for me. At ACRL, I discovered a community of colleagues who share my commitment to improving student learning, supporting scholarly communications, and advancing their institutional mission and professional values.

My attendance at ACRL had a direct positive impact on my work as a library instruction practicum student at Georgetown University and a graduate assistant to the LIS Chair at The Catholic University of America. Sessions on critical information literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education enhanced my theoretical knowledge of teaching to facilitate individual and communal learning, which I applied through my practicum’s instruction and assessment projects. Sessions on rubric design, curriculum mapping, and building (and sustaining!) a culture of assessment helped legitimize my suggestions for Catholic’s LIS Department to clearly communicate its assessment criteria to students, undertake its first outcomes-based curriculum mapping project, and strengthen its commitment to evidence-based program planning and improvement.

As a current library school student, it can be difficult to find many opportunities for professional development. I am a Maryland resident and could not afford to attend ACRL 2015 in Portland, Oregon, without an ACRL 2015 student scholarship. ACRL 2017 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, a much more financially viable option for me. I plan on paying forward a portion of my saved costs to the ACRL 2017 scholarship fund. While I can never repay the generosity of the ACRL 2015 donors, I hope you’ll join me in supporting the next generation of academic librarian leaders by donating to the ACRL 2017 scholarship fund.”