2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Katie Lavoice
Kelly Lavoice

I was very honored to be selected as a scholarship recipient of an ACRL student scholarship to attend the ACRL 2013 Conference in Indianapolis.  As a full-time MLIS student completing an unpaid internship, I would have never been able to afford to travel to Indianapolis and take part in this amazing learning opportunity without the help of an ACRL scholarship. ACRL also provided me with an opportunity to be matched with a mentor, who greeted me as I arrived to the conference center and introduced me to conference protocols and fellow librarians.

I particularly enjoyed the instructional workshops I was able to attend, which allowed me to work with groups of academic librarians to experiment with new ways of teaching and learning. My library school program did not offer an information literacy instruction course, so this was an extremely valuable experience that allowed me gain critical new skills and competencies I was not able to gain in the classroom. 

Most importantly, I was able to meet a variety of seasoned and kind academic librarians who provided helpful guidance and career advice. I left the conference feeling energized and excited to implement new ideas for reference and instructional services at my internship and to share what I had learned with my fellow MLIS students interested in academic librarianship. As a newly employed librarian, I look forward to continuing to attend future ACRL conferences to collaborate with and learn from peers and colleagues.

Brianna Marshall
Brianna Marshall
MLS/MIS Candidate

School of Library & Information Science
Indiana University-Bloomington


At the time I received a scholarship from ACRL, I was a full-time library school student working 40 hours per week in order to support myself and chipping away at my student loans. Without receiving a scholarship to attend the 2013 ACRL Conference, I probably would not have attended. Having money to cover my travel and lodging was an incredible help, and one of the highlights of my conference experience was attending the scholarship breakfast and meeting other scholarship recipients. Overall, attending ACRL was an incredible learning experience. I met colleagues and learned much more about current topics in the field. Thank you ACRL!


Sarah Naumann
Sarah Naumann
Reference Librarian

Mills College
El Cerrito, CA 

I am greatly indebted to ACRL and the ACRL Friends Fund for awarding me the scholarship that enabled me to attend the ACRL 2013 Conference in Indianapolis. My work as an academic librarian was enhanced by attending the ACRL conference. As a new librarian with a focus on instruction I was able to attend a number of workshops that addressed projects and research interests that had recently come up for me. Everything was so timely! For example, I attended a couple of sessions on curriculum mapping--the workshops gave me the confidence to present ideas to my library on how we might begin working toward mapping our instruction program. I met many other librarians and took the opportunity to ask them for advice. I have a much larger community of librarian-mentors because of this.

I left the conference feeling as if I were on a completely new professional level of librarianship!

My institution did not have the funds to send me to the conference and because of ACRL friends I was able to participate and attend the conference. Thank you so much for offering this important scholarship.


Kim Read
Kim Read
Instruction Librarian

Marylhurst University

Receiving a scholarship and attending ACRL 2013 was a very valuable experience.  Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend the conference. This is a financial reality for many librarians who are either in adjunct and part-time positions or who work at smaller libraries that lack adequate professional development funding.

This was my first ACRL conference, and while I regularly attend my state ACRL chapter events, participating in the ACRL 2013 Conference allowed me to experience extensive professional development and networking that is not possible at the local level. Not only did the scholarships allow this participation on a financial level, but the events scheduled specifically for scholarship recipients were a great way to experience the conference. For example, the breakfast for scholarship recipients was perfect for networking with other scholarship winners as well as library-world superstars (Steven Bell! Alison Head!).

I was the only librarian from my institution able to attend the conference. When I returned back to work, I had an incredible amount of information to share with my colleagues. In fact, I had learned so much and had so much to share that I spaced it out with bi-weekly installments of ACRL goodness. I am very grateful for the scholarship I received and the opportunity to attend ACRL.

Melody Royster
Melody Royster
Assistant University Librarian

Marston Science Library
University of Florida - Gainesville

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous contributions. Early career librarians like myself, are gaining valuable experiences through participating in ACRL. Being present here and actively engaging with colleagues ignites creativity and innovative thinking. I am confident that all scholarship recipients will take the skills learned during this conference to create transformative environments, back home and throughout our profession. Thank you for your continuing support. 


Christina Thompson Shutt
Christina Thompson Shutt
College Archivist & Public Services Librarian

Olin C. Bailey Library
Hendrix College

Thanks to generous funding from the ACRL Friends Fund, I was able to attend the 2013 ACRL Conference.  This was my first ACRL conference, but it definitely won’t be my last!  I enjoyed learning from colleagues through excellent programming and sessions about the future of academic libraries.  I am grateful not only for the personal professional development I was afforded by attending the conference, but the impact that it has had on my institution.  The conversations with fellow conference attendees inspired me to implement many of the best practices at Olin C. Bailey Library, Hendrix College where I work.  I am sincerely appreciative for the opportunities to network and discuss collaborative projects and look forward to the next ACRL conference!