We’ve asked the ACRL 2017 Conference scholarship recipients to describe the impact of attending the ACRL 2017 Conference on their professional life and/or their library.
Alex Willett is the academic outreach librarian for GIS and the social sciences at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
“My first time at an ACRL conference was back in 2015. I had the fortune of co-facilitating a roundtable discussion and had such a positive experience with the conference that I knew I wanted to go back. Thanks to my early-career librarian scholarship, I was able to defray enough of my travel costs to make this wish a reality.
While I attended a number of excellent panels at ACRL 2017, my favorite ones explored issues related to gendered labor in librarianship, the myth of resiliency, and expanding outreach with data services. After the data services panel, I was able to bring back new ideas to my colleagues about how we could more effectively market our data services to undergraduates. Throughout the conference, I networked with other information professionals interested in critical librarianship and pedagogy, which proved to be one of the most refreshing and sustaining elements of the conference for me.
Thanks again to all of the donors and to the scholarship committee for supporting the ACRL Scholarship program. I’m truly grateful for the ways that ACRL has helped to support my professional growth and I look forward to ACRL 2019.”