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.
Kristy Padrón is a reference and instruction librarian at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
“Thank you for awarding me the ACRL Mid-Career Librarian Scholarship in 2017. I was able to attend the ACRL conference in Baltimore this year, which afforded me many opportunities for continuing education, networking, and recharging my commitment to the profession.
I attended presentations highly relevant to my duties as instruction coordinator (“Gendered Labor and Librarian Instruction Coordinators,” by Veronica Douglas and Joanna Gadsby) as well as being a person of color in this profession (“Should I stay or should I go?” by Antonia Olivas). Presentations on topics such as assessment, instruction, and tutorials also helped me create a more concrete vision and plan for these projects that are in my charge. The various workshops provided a richer environment for continuing education than what I experienced with webinars.
My attendance to the conference allowed me to reconnect with colleagues who began their career at the same time as I had. We were able to reflect on and discuss the trajectory of our careers, and also imagine other directions it could take. It also reignited our sense of support for each other and its importance for the second half of our careers.
I attended ACRL conferences since the Seattle conference in 2009, and I find them to be extremely rewarding in terms of career and skill development as well as my professional identity. Being an ACRL member and attending its events have been instrumental in my ability to keep up with trends in the profession and also for me to communicate these with my colleagues. I strongly encourage ACRL to sponsor conference attendance for other people so they can have opportunities to grow and develop.”