Time Is Running Out to #GiveACRL in 2019

Our generous donors have extended their Giving Tuesday matching gifts up to $7,750 through the end of the year, so there’s still time to support the Friends of ACRL.

Please consider a gift to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund in support of the ACRL 2021 Conference Scholarship Campaign by December 31. There is no better value for the money and no better way to make a double difference as we close out 2019.

Your gift will . . .

Spread Joy

Twenty-nine library school students received scholarships to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland. Your gift can help future students connect with the larger community of academic librarians and forge relationships that will help them develop as future colleagues. Your gift is guaranteed to inspire gratitude and deep appreciation.

True story: “Attending ACRL was such a rewarding experience! I was able to delve into many research communities of practice within the organization and reflect on how I can become an effective advocate within the profession. ACRL provided me with the opportunity to further cultivate and sustain connections with other librarians and develop my skillset to better serve the diverse needs of my research community.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Alexa Carter, North Carolina State University

Pay It Forward

Seventy-two early-career academic and research librarians received scholarships to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference. Help your new colleagues to further improve their skills, expertise, and confidence. Join past scholarship recipients in supporting the next generation of academic librarian leaders by donating to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund.

True story: “Receiving an early-career scholarship to attend ACRL 2019 was a highlight of my 2018-2019 academic year.  As an Instruction Services Librarian at a rural, regional campus in Pennsylvania, I wear many hats and am fortunate, as well as challenged, to provide information literacy services of great impact to undergraduate students from very diverse backgrounds.  As I develop my expertise as a teaching librarian, I am truly grateful for access to opportunities which help me to grow professionally. The scholarship I received provided me with access to not only the conference and networking, but also to online resources available throughout the following year.  Thank you to everyone who donates to the scholarship fund; I will be glad to support other librarians in their journey in the future!” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Catherine A. Baldwin, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus

Double in Value

Seventy-two mid-career academic and research librarians received scholarship support. Gifts to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund will be matched up to $7,750 until December 31, 2019, and will be instrumental in helping mid-career colleagues embrace new leadership roles and transform their libraries.

True story: “The 2019 ACRL conference recharged my professional batteries. Probably most valuable to me was the networking, and I have called on some of the people I met to get their perspective on various work situations since. I also took away concrete ideas, like creating a family study room, which I’m in the slow process of doing here. The keynote speakers spoke about things that matter deeply to librarianship and to society, and I’ve continued to think and talk about what I heard. That combination of meeting interesting and informed professionals, hearing about ideas and work that I can incorporate into my library’s work, and being fed and challenged intellectually made the 2019 ACRL conference useful and enjoyable for me.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Deb Barker, Manchester Community College

Give Two Holiday Gifts

Honor someone with a tribute gift and support scholarships for library support staff members who hope to attend the ACRL 2021 Conference. Your gift of appreciation will delight a colleague and help to make the ACRL Conference an inclusive experience for all who work in libraries.

True story: “Attending ACRL 2019 Conference was an amazing experience for me.  I learned so much from the experience and I was able to make new contacts and build linkages with other librarians and support staff.  The poster presentations were the highlight for me and I was able to absorb and see the displays, visit the booths and get wholesome feedback on some of the changes or new things implemented. Coming from the Caribbean, Jamaica in particular, we are faced with challenges but with best practices and adopting what works in our environment, we can help improve the service we offer and fulfill the needs of our varied customers as the technology around us changes rapidly.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Carron Edwards, The University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica

We sincerely appreciate your generosity this holiday season!