75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Alix Norton

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.

Norton, AlixAlix Norton is a University Library Associate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“I recently earned my master’s degree in library and information science, and I have been working in academic libraries for six years. As I begin my professional career this fall, I am reflecting on the ways in which I have grown over the last six years, in my academic study as well as in my practical experience in academic libraries. Attending the ACRL conference this past March was a definite turning point in my growth, since I am about to start my first professional position this fall and ACRL was one of my first national-level conferences.

I made important connections with new colleagues from all over the country, and I was positively inspired by all three keynote speakers. Instruction in libraries is a skill that I have been honing during the last couple of years, and I am seeing now that most librarians and archivists learn these skills on the job, rather than in library school. To me, attending ACRL was integral in my continued development of new ideas and skills for teaching in academic libraries, and I now have more tools to continue to hone my skills on the job. Since I work mostly in special collections and archives settings, the sessions focusing on teaching with primary sources were most helpful to me.

I know that attending this conference made me more marketable as a new professional in libraries and archives, and I look forward to attending the next ACRL meeting in 2017!”