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.
Jocelyn Ireland is an instructional design librarian at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY.
“This was my first time attending a national conference and it left me hungry for more. I cannot wait to attend another ACRL conference. The speakers were inspiring, the roundtables enlightening, and the opportunity to network in-person with librarians from around the world cannot be understated.
I left ACRL eager to share what I learned with my colleagues. Thanks to what I learned from ACRL, my community college library redesigned our LibGuides to be more visual and mobile friendly. We are implementing new assessment procedures for our library instruction program. My library is also piloting a mentorship program for two new librarians thanks to recommendations I gathered through the conference.
The most important part of attending ACRL was renewing my sense of pride of librarianship as a profession, and reminding me to actively advocate for libraries and literacy initiatives in the political process. Several speakers were inspiring and made me proud to be part of the same profession as them, but the most inspiring of all was the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. Her final keynote address brought tears to my eyes. She represented the best of librarianship: staying strong in the face of adversity; making history and education accessible to all; innovative programming; and not only preserving, but making America’s treasures within reach, even to the least among us. I was honored to hear Dr. Hayden speak, and it was awesome to get reserved seating as a scholarship recipient!
Many thanks to scholarship donors. I would not have been able to attend ACRL 2017 without the early-career scholarship. I saw first-hand what a huge difference attending a large scale conference can be on a librarian new to academic libraries. Your generosity inspires me to give back to the profession.”