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.
Stephanie Espinoza is an e-learning librarian at the College of Southern Nevada in Charleston, NV.
“I was so excited to receive an Early-Career Librarian Scholarship to attend the 2017 ACRL Conference this year. I learned I was one of 168 awardees, selected from a very competitive pool of nearly 400 applicants! But despite the prestige in being selected, I was just happy that I now had the opportunity to attend a conference I had never been able to attend before. As a librarian for just over five years now, I still feel new—especially since I transitioned to a specific role as an academic e-learning librarian at a community college. Yet the ACRL Conference provided professional development that addressed my areas. I went to roundtables on serving distance students online, sessions on technology tools and first-year experiences, and learned about assessment and learning analytics in a variety of college settings. When I returned from the conference, I shared the knowledge I gained with our team of librarians and began to apply new ideas to start innovative projects. This way we can all learn and grow.
I have great respect for the ACRL organization. I’ve described it as inclusive, vast, and inspiring. The conference was all these things and more. Thank you for providing this scholarship for the librarians in our field who want that experience, who need the help getting there, and who crave the education it brings.”