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.
Andrew Taylor is the emerging technologies librarian at Chesapeake College in Mills, MD.
“I feel like the conference contributed to my professional growth in several ways. First, I was able to meet several other experienced professionals doing exciting things in areas I’m exploring or just getting started in. As an example, our college is in the beginning stages of a campus-wide move to OER. I was able to attend presentations from several institutions that are doing exciting things in this area and leading the charge at their respective campuses. Second, I was exposed to new ideas that broadened my approach to my job and gained a new tool in my toolbox. An example of this was a librarian’s presentation on developing an online information literacy basics course that awarded students badges for completion and information on Maker/Creator Spaces which we are investigating at my institution. I also had the great opportunity to sit at the table with ACRL leadership at a networking breakfast and learn more about the conference itself, the organization, serving on committees, as well as make valuable professional contacts.”