75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Kenny Garcia

As part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary, we’ve asked the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship recipients to describe the impact of attending the ACRL 2015 Conference on their professional life and/or their library.

Kenny GarciaKenny Garcia is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at California State University – Monterey Bay in Seaside, California.

“I received a scholarship to attend my first ACRL conference in Portland. I work at a small, comprehensive, public university in California with limited funding for library resources, let alone travel funds. It’s also a Hispanic-serving institution with 36% of the student population identifying as Latina/o. As a first-generation college graduate and an entry-level librarian of color, I have used my experience at ACRL 2015 to further improve how I teach information literacy skills to all students, especially first-generation students of color. My attendance also gave me an opportunity to network and build relationships with other academic librarians from across the country who have similar interests in critical information literacy, diversity, and faculty and staff collaborations.

I want my work as an academic librarian to be inherently tied to supporting innovative projects that sustain student success on a local, state, and national level. My experience at ACRL 2015 did just that and will serve as a stepping stone in becoming a more engaged and experienced academic librarian in the years to come. I learned a lot from the conference and met so many wonderful, insightful, and compassionate librarians from across the United States.

The contributions from future donors will ensure that librarians like me will be able to engage with other conference participants, network with their peers on a national level, and build the skills needed to support student success. Your donation will make this happen.

Thank you for all that you do!”