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.
Julia Eisenstein is an associate librarian at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI.
“I received a mid-career scholarship to attend ACRL 2017. Without it, it would have been very difficult for me to attend. For that I am very grateful.
As a mid-career librarian, I am looking back at a reasonably successful career and wondering where do I go from here. At ACRL 2017 I was able to attend sessions and a round table exploring the possibilities. I attended sessions on leadership and making the jump to administrative positions, on continuing education, and what to be prepared for when moving from one institution to another.
My library is benefiting from my attendance because there are issues we are faced with that were addressed at ACRL. Included among them are news literacy. Teaching faculty and students about how to identify “fake news” is front and center right now. ACRL had a really good session that addressed it and I have brought that information back to my librarian coworkers. There is a continuing debate that will need to be resolved soon about whether it makes sense for us to continue having a reference desk manned with librarians during the library’s open hours. Again, there was an excellent presentation on the topic that offered pros and cons that I am now bringing to the discussion.
Networking with my colleagues from all over the country is one of the best parts of attending ACRL 2017. Meeting new colleagues and catching up with those I have established relationships with is a huge part of the conference.
Visiting with exhibitors is also essential. My library is interested in services provided by Kanopy and Credo and I was able to evaluate their resources and bring that information back to the library.
Finally, I had the opportunity to have some of the best crab cakes and crab chowder I’ve had in a very long time.
So that’s it in a nutshell though it doesn’t seem to scratch the surface of the benefits of attending ACRL 2017.”