75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Ariel K. Turner

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.

Ariel K. Turner is the Automation and Batch Cataloging Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Science at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

“My attendance at ACRL 2015 has made a tremendous impact on my professional life and has positively influenced my library. Professionally, my attendance enabled me to both present and be published in the ACRL Conference Proceedings, which was in itself an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience. Following my paper’s publication in the proceedings, I have been contacted by editors soliciting submissions for other publishing opportunities. One of these contacts has already led to my acceptance in a peer-reviewed, nationally-recognized journal! I was also able to network with other academic librarians from across the country, which has inspired me to pursue other research projects and new programs for our library.  Finally, I am grateful for something which is so difficult to capture in words but so important to remember – the feelings of optimism, excitement, and a renewed sense of purpose with which I left ACRL 2015. ”

I truly am grateful that I was able to attend this year’s conference. It has made a world of difference for me professionally.”