ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships Awarded

ACRL is pleased to announce recipients of its fourth round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2019-20. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

The selection committee chose four proposals in this competitive round of applications. They are:

  • Elizabeth Cheney (California State University-Northridge) for a presentation titled “Affordable Learning Solutions for Student Success at CSUN” at 2020 Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators.
  • Erin Durham (University of Maryland Baltimore County) for a presentation titled “Mission Not-Impossible – Open Educational Resources and Accessibility – Two Roadmaps for Strategic Collaboration to Support the Institutional Mission/Vision” at Online Learning Consortium: Accelerate.
  • Samantha Kennedy (Rowan University) for a workshop titled “Open Educational Resources Boot Camp: How to Leverage Interdisciplinary Connections to Create More Affordable, Inclusive Classroom Resources” at Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention.
  • Pamela Mann (St. Mary’s College of Maryland) for a workshop titled “Community Based Spanish and Critical Information Literacy” at AACU: Global Citizenship for Campus, Community and Careers: Crossing Borders and Boundaries.

The program was expanded for this round of applications so that proposed presentations could be related to any of ACRL’s four strategic goal areas or the Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as articulated in the ACRL Plan for Excellence.

These travel scholarships take up a recommendation from the 2017 ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions to institutional stakeholders and the higher education community.