75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Derrick Jefferson

Jefferson, DerrickAs 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.

Derrick Jefferson is the Communication Librarian at American University in Washington, D.C.

“I graduated library school in 2012 and moved to Washington, D.C., in 2013 to work in research and instruction at American University primarily with the School of Communication as their liaison. I was already interested in and had worked a bit in instruction but not to the degree that I do in this current role. Being able to network and connect with librarians with a little more mileage under their belts was great, but I was also surprised by what I learned from others who were in similar positions, also new(ish) to the profession, as well as others finishing up their degrees. Similarly, I was also able to share that despite feeling that I might not have much to contribute, was able to share lots with other librarians and that learning went in both directions.

I have been an ALA and ACRL member since beginning my library program in 2010 and am thankful to have been successful in fostering relationships that really focus on the experience of others that work in academic libraries, the tenure process, scholarly communication, assessment, learning styles, and what the life of a college student is like and how we can take advantage in order to best help them learn how to navigate the research waters, especially as how we research continues to change almost exponentially.

Being a scholarship recipient was a true gift and I’m thankful for the opportunity to engage with the community of librarians who are active in the organization. I know I’ll continue to speak the praises of ACRL and further my involvement as I grow into my job and career in librarianship.”