75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Jamie G. Hazlitt

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.

Hazlitt, JamieJamie G. Hazlitt  is the Librarian for Collection Development and Evaluation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

“I was in a unique professional situation shortly after ACRL, as I ended up switching jobs and focuses within my academic library. As such, the majority of the sessions that I attended (including the session at which I was a speaker) were focused on library outreach and programming as they aligned with my old job of Outreach and Communications Librarian. In June 2015 I switched to Librarian for Collection Development & Evaluation – a very different career path than the one I have been on for the past ten years. So while I was unable to directly apply many of the things I was inspired by at the conference to my new role, I was energized and inspired by much of what I experienced – particularly Jad Abumrad’s electrifying and entertaining keynote.

However, Emily Ford’s talk at the scholarship breakfast was the “stickiest” program I attended; it has had a lasting impression on me. Emily’s challenge to be an “embodied librarian” resonated with me as a librarian at a Jesuit institution, where we are expected to be men and women for others. Her challenge to those in attendance to prioritize human connections in our work is something I think of daily, and has lasting implications for my responsibilities in leading our librarian-faculty liaison program here at Loyola Marymount University.

I am hugely grateful to the scholarship committee for the opportunity to attend the ACRL conference in Portland.”