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.
Martha Stuit is a user information services specialist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
“ACRL 2017 was transformative. As a new librarian with two part-time jobs at a research university and community college, I would not have been able to fund my trip without the scholarship. Receiving the scholarship gave me the funds to attend, as well as demonstrated my commitment to my employers and provided credibility to get the rest of my costs covered by my libraries.
Aside from funding, the 2017 ACRL Conference made a difference in several ways. It gave me a network of new colleagues from around the country. By meeting librarians at the Scholarship Breakfast and in sessions, I made invaluable connections and heard their unique perspectives, and we have since been in touch about our projects, which has been inspiring. Speaking with colleagues and sharing ideas has given me ideas to apply to instruction and research guides at my libraries. Also, attending the conference taught me about trends in librarianship. While I just was graduated from library school a year ago, this professional development opportunity gave me a chance to learn from my new perspective of being a librarian, not a student. I attended sessions that applied directly to my job responsibilities, such as fake news, web design, and information literacy, and then took those ideas back to my library, such as instruction activity ideas and best practices for building online research guides. Finally, attending the conference revealed to me that ACRL is my wonderful professional home and network. Professionally, I plan to seek out opportunities in ACRL, both for professional development, professional writing/presenting, and leadership. It’s great to know this and pursue opportunities with ACRL as I continue in my career. Many thanks.”