75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Garrison Libby

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.

Libby, GarrisonGarrison Libby is the public services librarian at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

“Attending ACRL was an incredible opportunity for me. Not only did I get the chance to attend several excellent presentations that gave me practical skills to apply in my daily work, but I also had the opportunity to meet and connect with a number of different librarians from a variety of settings. These experiences gave me the knowledge and tools to return to my library with exciting ideas on new projects, from improving the accessibility of our website for students with disabilities to new outreach initiatives to connect with our students and faculty.

In addition, the opportunity to meet with fellow librarians was an invaluable experience. I was able to discuss common issues with other librarians, share experiences, and build professional connections that have lasted far beyond the tenure of the conference. It serves as a helpful reminder that there is an incredible network of librarians working toward common goals and that by coming together, we can continually improve professionally.

I look forward to the opportunity to attend future ACRL conferences and continue to contribute my own experiences and ideas to promote the growth of academic libraries.”