75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Marissa Saenz

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.

Saenz, MarissaMarissa Saenz is the Public Services Librarian at the J. M. Hodges Library, Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas.

“Attending the 2015 ACRL Conference eased my transition into a new job and a different state. The stress and anxiety accompanied by the move, which occurred one week prior to the conference, dissipated after attending my first session. I felt welcome and included being surrounded by such a diverse group of librarians eager to share their perspectives. I met a lot of wonderful people with similar experiences to my own and was pleased to discover that many were first-time conference attendees, career changers, and working in community/junior colleges. All were eager to get involved, to contribute to the profession. Returning to my new library and role I felt ready to face the challenges that will come, knowing that I am now a part of a professional support system that reaches beyond my institution. I look forward to future conversations, collaborations and events.”