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.
John Martin is a scholarly communication librarian at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
“This was my first ACRL event, and my first major conference as a professional librarian. Although I’ve attended many academic conferences in my previous career as an English professor, I found the atmosphere and collegiality of this conference much more inviting and mutually supportive than most. It was also a great learning experience for me. I attended sessions that expanded my knowledge of those new professional areas that are integral to my current position—scholarly communication and information literacy—as well as a few that are just long-time personal interests, like the use of comics and board games for teaching and outreach. The range of topics was impressive, and I came away not only with new knowledge and resources, but maybe more importantly, new professional contacts and potential collaborators from across the country. One experience that had a direct impact on my library was the opportunity to preview one of the new ACRL licensed workshops, “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” Inspired by that workshop, I have since gone on to submit a grant proposal to bring the workshop to our campus and to develop follow-up programming to support the kinds of learning experiences that we hope to develop from the workshop. It’s given a new impetus and energy to our own efforts to bring these two areas together and to provide new services and outreach to our campus. I look forward to future ACRL events, and I’m grateful for the opportunity I received to get introduced to the organization and the professional community.”