75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Carolyn Schubert

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.

Carolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

“Attending ACRL for the first time was a great experience. Working at a Masters’-level, comprehensive university, I have to address issues in librarianship across a wide-array of topics, not just my subject specialization in health.  Meeting the other Health Sciences Interest Group members helped me connect with other librarians in similar institutions.  Updates on major trends or methods in scholarly communications, instruction, and outreach were valuable professional development areas specifically addressed at the ACRL conference.  With ALA and ACRL planning multiple meetings all on the West Coast, our organization’s travel funds were severely depleted, as others had to attend ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference for service obligations.  Unofficially these funds were even able to help support the professional development of other librarians around the state, as I could put some of the scholarship funds towards shared housing.  I would urge ACRL to continue to consider scholarships of this nature.”