75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Krista White

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.

White, KristaKrista White is the Digital Humanities Librarian, Head Media Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Newark.

“Going to ACRL 2015 has made an immense difference in my professional development. As a tenure-track librarian in a large library system, I always appreciate the ability to learn from my colleagues at other institutions as well as share my own knowledge in the hopes that it will benefit others. At the 2015 conference, I was able to present in three different venues and attend a number of very important panels directly related to my work in digital library and media services.

The importance of networking opportunities at ACRL 2015 can’t be overstated. I met professionals from all over and was able to forge relationships that will help me develop as a librarian. I was able to engage more deeply with committees in my areas of specialization, as well as become more involved in ACRL itself.

All academic libraries are facing tight budgets and having to make difficult choices. Receiving an Early Career scholarship enabled me to participate in opportunities I can’t always find at the local level, and meet colleagues with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas.”