75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Sarah Shujah

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.

Shujah, SarahSarah Shujah is the Science Librarian at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario.

“Attending the ACRL Conference was highly important to me as ACRL is a governing body that makes decisions that impact my life as a librarian. Whether it is information literacy and the new Framework, or GIS data and open data sources, digital repositories, the standards are decided on by ACRL and its members, including myself. Thus, it is important to be part of pedagogical conversations among librarians, so I was pleased to attend the ACRL Conference and engage with colleagues on these issues.

Also, I participated in the buddy program. It was an excellent way to meet a seasoned librarian who is supportive and happy to answer questions about what it is to be a new librarian, and what it means to be part of the ACRL community. The scholarship is an opportunity to be involved in the community, listen to the conversations, provide feedback to decision makers, and learn about current trends in librarianship.

I met so many wonderful people and sometimes the relationships you form are ones that are close to home. I met several librarians from Ontario, where I am from, and we discussed ways to collaborate and further build a community of sharing. The keynote speakers were amazing. Lawrence Lessig is most memorable. The discussion made me feel that as a librarian we are political, we are a community of changers who challenge the hegemony. Listening to inspiring speakers drives me to organize events at my library such as, Open Access Week, Science Literacy Week, and hackathons. As a scholarship recipient, I am evidence that donors who provide financial assistance to attend ACRL validate new librarians as important and influential to conversations about librarianship.  I am very appreciative to the donors–thank you.”