75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Michelle Oh

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.

Oh, MichelleMichelle Oh is the Reference Librarian at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.

“Thank you and everyone else who contributed to the scholarship fund and made my conference experience possible. I had such a great time meeting the other scholarship recipients and catching up with old colleagues and friends. I’ve been to three ACRL conferences and I feel refreshed every time I attend.

ACRL in Portland was exemplary! I sat in on great discussions about E-book usage and discovery tools. I’m grateful to hear from colleagues how their students are using (or not using) these tools, which helps us to save time and money when we decide on various subscriptions. On a personal note, as a Korean American librarian I often look forward to some discussion about diversity in the profession and this conference really delivered! I felt supported by the association and profession and was impressed to hear a presented paper discussing Asian American leadership. Also, I’m a huge RadioLab fan and Jad Abumrad’s encouragement to embrace ‘gut churn’ got me thinking of different ways to reframe my own discomfort with uncertainty. The keynotes are always so good at ACRL, it’s a big part of why I choose to go conference over others.”