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.
Keith Teeter is the operations manager for the William M. White Business Library at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, CO.
“First, this was my first time attending any national conference, not just ACRL. While I have worked in libraries for over 15 years, I have never been in a position to receive sufficient support from my organization, nor pay my own expenditures to attend. Having now had that experience due to an ACRL scholarship, I feel like my career has taken an even better turn. The ability to connect with so many peers from such a diversity of institutions and perspectives provided a much-needed impetus to grow intellectually and professionally. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity.
Additionally, I had the good fortune to have my paper submission accepted for ACRL 2017. While my supervisor (and co-researcher) had discussed options for me to present remotely should I not get adequate funding, I can’t express how important it was for me to speak directly to the room. As a non-faculty library staff member (who holds an MLIS), I often feel like a second-fiddle to our tenure-track librarians. Speaking at ACRL and handing questions from attendees, however, has given me much more confidence in the value of my contributions. Since attending the conference, I have presented at our internal symposium of all of the campus libraries and applied for a faculty-level position. Without the chance to present my research at ACRL 2017, I believe my self-confidence would not have been high enough to take either of these career-improving opportunities. Plus, it brought a smile to my face to add my first presentations and publication to my CV.
I can’t thank the scholarship donors enough for allowing me to kick my career into a new gear.”