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75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Jenay Solomon

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.

Jenay Solomon is a student at the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

“I would definitely say attending ACRL certainly did benefit my professional career and development as a librarian. First, I would say just mingling with other professionals and future professionals was a major contributor to my success in the conference. I really appreciated learning from the people I met and hearing their stories of their own development. Librarianship has evolved so much from even just ten years ago and I am confident in having a career in libraries, after attending the conference. I attended several sessions on technology development and the experiences of librarians of color in the academic field. As a fellow minority in librarianship, I was really pleased and excited to see so many faces there who were leaders in their field and advocated for the representation of a diverse workforce. I am an aspiring academic librarian who has recently just graduated with my MLS, so being able to attend the conference on a scholarship really meant a lot to me and encouraged me that much more with finding my dream library job.”