2011 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Yasmeen Shorish

Yasmeen Shorish
Science Librarian
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Receiving the travel scholarship to attend the ACRL 2011 Conference in Philadelphia enabled me to experience one of the most productive conferences that I have ever attended. At the time, I was concluding my last semester of graduate school and was knee-deep in job application submissions. Attending the conference resulted in several things: It solidified ACRL’s place in my mind as a focused and productive organization for academic libraries, it exposed me to some of the exciting projects taking place at libraries across the country, and it gave me the opportunity to network with professionals in areas of interest to me – forming relationships that have led to professional collaborations. The information that I gained at the conference seminars and round tables helped make me, I think, a stronger job applicant and expanded my information base.

I was in my final semester of graduate school and I would not have been able to afford to travel to Philadelphia without this scholarship. I was exposed to so many relevant and interesting programs that now I cannot imagine not attending ACRL conferences in the future! I am so thankful to the ACRL Friends Fund for recognizing the value of the ACRL Conference and the financial need of new librarians. This was truly a fantastic, informative experience and I am so grateful to have been a recipient of the Friends’ generous support.


Chella Vaidyanathan

Chella Vaidyanathan
History Librarian/Curator of 19th-21st Century Books & Manuscripts
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

I was thrilled to learn that I received a scholarship to attend the ACRL 2011 conference. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to network with colleagues from other institutions. Particularly, I was able to attend the "Not Just History Anymore" workshop which provided several helpful suggestions on how to teach with primary sources. There were many other interesting sessions that offered information on how to teach information literacy skills using electronic resources, freely available digital collections and web 2.0 tools. Overall, it would not be possible for me to attend the conference without the scholarship and I am very grateful for that opportunity.