75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Lorena Mata

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.

Mata, LorenaLorena Mata is the Faculty Librarian at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for sponsoring me to attend the ACRL Conference in Portland, OR. I have worked at a community college for over seven years, and this was my first ACRL conference. I had wanted to attend an ACRL Conference as recommended to me by colleagues but was never able to realize it due to expenses and childcare (I have three small children). I am so glad I took the initiative to apply for the scholarship; otherwise, I would not have attended.

In those three days at ACRL, I gained a wealth of information from integrating information literacy into core curriculum to learning and understanding the threshold concepts of the Framework. The keynote speakers both inspired and renewed my passion for the work that I do.

I did not know anyone from the conference but was able to adapt very well and meet with like-minded librarians. I also had the great opportunity to visit and talk with community college librarians on a field trip to Portland Community College. The experience was amazing, and I didn’t feel alone with the issues I face at the college where I work. Several librarians extended their business cards and encouraged me to contact them should I have any questions regarding best practices.

I will say that the poster sessions were phenomenal! I was impressed and interested in the various studies that were relevant to my job. The presenters were happy to discuss their work and even provided tips for me when I get back.

Without a doubt I greatly benefited from this conference and plan to attend futures ones. I also plan to pay it forward and donate towards the scholarship. Again, thank you ACRL for making this opportunity possible for me.”