75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Ian McCullough

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.

Ian McCullough is the Physical Sciences Librarian at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

“ACRL 2015 was, for me, a watershed moment in my young career. I am a new, tenure-track physical sciences librarian at the University of Akron. Akron has a huge budget deficit, and travel money is getting scarce. I have committee requirements for theMcCullough, Ian ACRL Science and Technology Section that required me to go to ALA Annual and I just didn’t have the personal money to attend ACRL and ALA annual (where I moderated a panel) without financial assistance. My poster, my first professional presentation, was accepted to ACRL 2015 and being able to go and present has been huge for my career. After the conference, I was contacted by a journal editor who wanted my ACRL poster to be transformed into a journal article – which was accepted in later July.

Sadly, I got a bad cold at ACRL so I wasn’t as active networking or going to sessions. But the scholarship gave me a wonderful opportunity to present, leading to publication, and to feel for the first time like I had arrived as a professional librarian. The financial support I had was hugely important to me and my institution by freeing some travel money for my colleagues, who face the same dilemma of needing to present and having limit funds to do so.

Please extend my sincere thanks to all those who made my attendance possible.”