75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Amber D’Ambrosio

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.

Amber D’Ambrosio is the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at Dixie State University LibraryD’Ambrosio, Amber (640x800) in St. George, Utah.

“Since starting my path to a career as a library professional, I had been unable to afford to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries conferences due to limited personal funds as a student and limited professional funds as a new librarian. If not for the scholarships offered by ACRL to offset the cost of attending ACRL 2015 in Portland, I would not have been able to attend.

The dean of my library was impressed by my accomplishment in receiving the scholarship and willing to supplement my attendance at the conference with library funds. Without the scholarship, I would have missed yet another opportunity to experience this impressive conference and all of its opportunities to further my knowledge and meet other academic librarians from around the country.

I was able to attend a number of relevant, engaging sessions, and I met with friends from my Master’s program who live and work in different parts of the country. And I have never seen anything like that exhibit hall. I have been able to consider and move forward with many of the ideas I gained at ACRL 2015 in my small university library, and I hope that ACRL is able to continue its scholarship program into the future and help other librarians experience the many opportunities the conference has to offer. Thank you again.”