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.
Emily Vickers is a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
“The ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore was a great experience for me as a young professional. I was still a student at the time of this year’s conference, and while conference attendance is vital at this stage to gaining an understanding of this multifaceted field, as well as developing a network, funding is always an immense challenge. I would not have been able to attend this conference without the ACRL Student Scholarship, and I am so very grateful for the generosity of scholarship fund donors.
ACRL is by far the largest library conference I’ve had the opportunity to attend. I left the conference with a new appreciation for the breadth and depth of topics within academic librarianship, as well as a better idea as to how I can become more involved. I was very excited to be able to reconnect with colleagues from all over the country, and to make new connections with many wonderful people! The keynote speakers this year were deeply inspirational and thought provoking. They were a strong reminder to me of the importance of librarianship in our society and the immense impact of our individual and collective efforts.
I will soon begin working in my first professional position as the music librarian for Eastern Washington University, and after this conference I feel energized and ready to hit the ground running. I look forward to incorporating the wealth of knowledge and connections I gained at this conference into my work as an academic music librarian, and I’m already excited for ACRL 2019 in Cleveland!”