75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Terri Artemchik

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.

Artemchik, TerriTerri Artemchik is the Information Literacy Librarian at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

“The ACRL early career librarian scholarship allowed me to attend my very first ACRL conference. I had been waiting for the opportunity for many years. Working at a geographically isolated school in South Carolina, it’s often difficult to network with other librarians. It’s easy to feel like I’m working in a vacuum.

The incredible sessions and sense of community at ACRL revived me. I came back to my library inspired and filled with a sense of belonging. It was a relief to know that other early career librarians are dealing with similar issues and actively looking for solutions.

The most memorable aspect of attending ACRL was the connections I made. While participating in the Developing Research Questions Pre-Conference, I met potential collaborators and really felt like even though many of us were in different places in our careers, we were still struggling with the same issues. In other sessions, I had the opportunity to talk to colleagues and find a common ground. I’m in talks with someone right now to co-author a presentation based on a conversation at ACRL.

Another bright light from the conference was the incredible city where it took place. I will always have fond memories of walking the streets of Portland, eating incredible food, meeting locals, exploring all of the green spaces and feeling the energy of a vibrant downtown.

Attending ACRL fortified my career decision and reminded me that I am not alone in my work. I have an incredible community of fellow librarians to learn from and rely on. It’s easy to get bogged down in the everyday details of the job. Attending ACRL reminded me that I get to work with incredible colleagues working together to take our profession to the next level. I look forward to future ACRL conferences where I can stretch my mind and contribute in a meaningful way.”