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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Laksamee Putnam

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.

Laksamee PutnamLaksamee Putnam is the Science Librarian at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

“ACRL 2015 was one of the most practical conferences I’ve ever attended. Many of my coworkers attended, each of us with an emphasis on a different aspect of academic librarianship, from instruction to user experience, to collection management.

I can’t tell you how many current projects are now happening because of sessions attended during this conference but here are a few examples: one poster about the use of Reddit to teach students about information evaluation has been adapted to the classrooms here. Another session which highlighted the use of ‘Work Like a Patron’ day to garner support for user experience initiatives has been implemented and is currently being used to gather data for our future library renovations. Another session on the culture bias in Google results and the need to hold larger internet entities responsible lead to a future webinar and further discussion on diversity and information.

Sessions, workshops, and simply networking are all a part of any conference, but when you can attend one that is so oriented toward what you do, when those sessions can lead to further discussion and practical applications, that makes the conference invaluable, and that is what I got out of ACRL 2015. I can’t wait for 2017!!”