75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Allison M. George

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.

George, AllisonAllison M. George is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

“I would not have been able to attend ACRL 2015 in Portland had it not been for the Early Career Librarian Scholarship that I received. This was my first time ever at ACRL and I cannot thank all of the scholarship donors enough for making it possible for me to attend such a rewarding event. I have wanted to attend ACRL for many years now and was thrilled to finally be able to make it!

This year’s theme, Creating Sustainable Community, grabbed my attention because many of the current goals of my library and university incorporate ideals that specifically pertain to creating a sustainable community for all of our patrons. As a reference and instruction librarian at a joint-use facility, I am always thinking about ways that I can better serve my students and public patrons through creative information literacy strategies, effective programming, and collaboration between departments within the library as well as throughout the entire university. ACRL 2015 had so many awesome sessions and panel discussions that were right up my alley.

I really enjoyed learning from other academic librarians like myself and soaked up as much information as possible to bring back and share with my colleagues. I attended the First Time Attendee Orientation and Scholarship Recipient breakfast where I met so many wonderful librarians just like me. The breakfast was also a great way to meet many of the scholarship fund donors and thank them personally for all that they do.

I truly believe that attending the ACRL 2015 Conference was a great place for me to start working towards some of my long-term goals of future ACRL committee membership and conference attendance. Through my continued participation in professional development activities and conferences, I will be able to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to create my own path to a successful leadership role in the library field.”