75th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient: Lisa K. Hopkins

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.

Hopkins, LisaLisa K. Hopkins is the Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian at Texas A&M University – Central Texas in Killeen, Texas.

“I was one of the many mid-career scholarship recipients for the 2015 ACRL in Portland, Oregon.  Though I received my MLS in 2006, I had never been able to attend ACRL due to tight budgets.  I started working at Texas A&M University – Central Texas in early 2014 as the Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, and I was anxious to attend an academic conference and meet others grappling with some of the issues I was newly facing.  I applied for and was awarded a mid-career scholarship and was ecstatic!   I truly had NO idea how influential the conference would be!

Though I’ve attended many TLA (Texas Library Association) conferences—which are impressive in the number of folks attending—and I’ve attended the ALA conference in DC, I was unprepared for the impact ACRL would make—it was so exciting and inspiring to attend a conference with ALL academic librarians!

I was delighted to discover that nearly every session touched on some part of my job, whether the big picture of education and the library’s role in it, or providing insight and tools to tackle my day-to-day duties with innovative ideas.  I met librarians from all over the country with whom I have stayed in touch, asking them about situations in their library and how they handled them to inform my own decisions.  I even ended up rooming with a librarian I met at ACRL when I attended a copyright conference in Colorado Springs this summer!  Not only that, but I got my very first professional photo done!  I continue to be grateful for the scholarship donors that made my ACRL attendance possible, and I am committed to becoming a donor myself for the 2017 ACRL Baltimore conference!”