The Association of College and Research Libraries awarded 92 scholarships for this conference worth $24,008. ACRL expresses its sincere appreciation to the groups and individuals that participated in this campaign. Their support enables ACRL to build the skills and capacities of the next generation to lead and serve our profession.
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Attending the ACRL 2021 virtual conference was extremely valuable for me in that I had the opportunity to substantially expand my breadth of professional knowledge in Libraries and Information. A few of my highlights were the opening keynote featuring Tressie McMillian Cottom, and many more informative presentations such as "From Slavery to College Loans" and "Asking for What You Need: Making Authentic Mentoring Connections." I was most impacted by the stream of content concerned with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a black librarian and information professional of color, I was pleased to know that I am a part of an industry and professional network that is concerned with meeting the challenges of a diverse and interconnected information world. As a result of attending ACRL, I am more engaged and connected to the possibilities that there are for my professional growth and development.
In the first place, the availability of scholarship enabled me to attend the conference. I wouldn’t have been able to afford paying for the registration fee without the scholarship. I want to thank the ACRL leadership for making the scholarship available. I appreciate the opportunity given to me to participate in the conference. Talking about the experiences gained, attending the conference gave me a unique opportunity to update my skills, knowledge and learnt some current issues and innovations in academic and research libraries. Specifically, I have been exposed to new ways of structuring research titles in academic and research librarianship. I was amazed listening to new areas of research I never thought of in academic and research librarianship fields. This innovation reaffirmed the fact that academic and research librarianship practices are changing. Learning about the ICT tools that could be deployed to provide fantastic and effective service delivery in academic and research libraries was an experience that has raised the need for academic and research libraries to embrace technology fully for the provision of modern library services. Learning about the faculty and students engagements in the areas of teaching information literacy skills and making library resources more open and accessible was equally a great experience. Sharing these experiences with my library and colleagues was enthusiastically received with a determination to restructure practice orientation.
I found attending ACRL 2021 to be an exceptionally valuable experience because it provided me with an unparalleled overview of the direction of the profession as a whole. As someone who is still very new to librarianship, I'm eager to learn as much about the profession as I can in order to identify as many ways to contribute to it as possible, and being able to participate in ACRL 2021 furnished me with an invaluable window into the way the field is moving. Plus, it was fun to hear from so many new people after a year of routine Zoom calls!
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference was a wonderful experience that not only allowed me to connect with librarians from a variety of backgrounds and locations but also enabled me to delve into the broad array of issues faced by librarians and their respective institutions. Each session I attended was thoroughly inviting and informative, offering interesting perspectives regarding various challenges as well as showcasing creative responses and solutions. I highly enjoyed the interactive nature of the conference as well as the options to attend synchronous and asynchronous sessions, while also networking with colleagues. I would strongly recommend this conference to my fellow librarians at any stage of their career.
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference as a Scholarship winner was a fantastic opportunity for me. I've been working in libraries for 10 years now, as support staff, support staff don't get many opportunities for professional development in my sector of libraries and now that I'm an MLIS student looking to move up into a librarian role getting to attend conferences has become very important. Without the ACRL scholarship, I would not have been able to attend, and that would have been a loss. As a queer library professional this was the first chance I had ever had to formally connect with other library professionals who have the same marginalized orientation that I do, getting to see not one, but two sessions devoted to asexuality and asexual library professionals was revelatory for me and has helped me in more deeply entrenching myself in this community than I already was. Representation matters. Getting the chance to fully engage in the virtual conference and meet other library professionals who are as fully engaged in and enthusiastic about the future of this profession as I am has given me renewed vigour to push for change and help me see that I can make a difference."
I would like to thank the ACRL 2021 Scholarship Committee for giving me the opportunity to attend the ACRL 2021 Conference. My institution, Yakima Valley College, is geographically isolated from the rest of the community college system in Washington State, so it’s difficult to remain connected with others. I cannot stress enough what the ACRL conference means to my professional development. This is my second time attending an ACRL conference and I ALWAYS come away with innovative practices that help increase my outreach and engagement to students and faculty. With donor contributions, librarians like myself, are given the opportunity to meet new peers, discover best practices and remain connected to the library profession at large. Thank you for believing and investing in me!
Attending ACRL has helped to inform me about similar challenges that I find myself facing at my library along with some methods to try to support students in various ways that are more accessible and inclusive. I particularly enjoyed the segments featuring AR, VR, and diversity challenges in the workplace. The closing Keynote Speaker was wonderful in literally illustrating a more accessible way to present information that will be able to reach a broader audience.
I just recently graduated this May from the University at Buffalo with my Masters of Science in Information and Library Science with a focus on academic librarianship. Up until now, I hadn't attended any conferences that were focused solely on academic and/or research libraries.This scholarship not only allowed me to attend ACRL for the first time, but also gave me a chance to see what the current topics of interest are within the field. I loved getting the chance to learn more about ways that academic and research libraries are innovating in order to provide users with the best service possible. This also provided me with the chance to think on what I want to do in my current and future careers to further innovations and accessibility in the field of information and library science. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to attend the ACRL 2021 virtual conference and look forward to applying what I have learned in my current and future positions.
As an MLIS student and following my fairly recent graduation, conferences have been difficult to attend do to limited personal and staff funding and travel time. I was so happy to be able to attend the ACRL 2021 virtual conference this year. Despite it being online, I think the board did a great job of still fostering a sense of community and I appreciated the opportunity to explore a range of topics, especially those in equity and diversity. At a time when it is easy to feel exhausted, this conference made me excited to explore new ideas and inspired me to pursue them in my own work this year and beyond.
As someone who recently started a new position in this uncertain time, I really enjoyed this year's ACRL conference, where I learned about innovative ideas and initiatives, connected with like-minded colleagues, and even had the opportunity to co-facilitate an event for a social session. The ACRL conference has been a highlight for me this year, and I look forward to the next conference. .
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference was exactly what I needed after a year of navigating remote learning and zoom meetings due to COVID. Participating in the conference re-energized me and gave me much to look forward to in the field of librarianship. The wealth of information and networking with colleagues have provided me opportunities to better serve my library and my community. I am sincerely grateful that I was able to attend ACRL with the help of a scholarship. Thank you!
Being an ACRL Scholarship Recipient opened new doors for me as an early-career professional! I was able to connect with past colleagues and interact with others who share similar interests. The conference pushed me to think deeply about my profession and growth while simoultaneously giving me actionable learning to take home to my own library. I know my attendance at the first all-virtual ACRL will impact how I teach, assess, and practice librarianship for years to come.”
Attendance to this seminar opened up my mind to the best library practices of the world. I felt very privileged to be part of this amazing conference. At the same time, this conference made me realize how I lack the skills and competencies in terms of the new trends in librarianship. And so, motivated me to strive harder to be able to at least get some of what these experts have. Keep on learning though it is hard because of the lack of facilities and infrastructure in my workplace. I gained so much from this conference. I will include those learnings in our Operational Plan for the year 2021-2022. In fact, I am drafting a concept paper for new library services at Batangas State University. The challenge really is the support of the University in terms of facilities, infrastructure, collections, and manpower.
This opportunity helped me to know how other Academic Libraries Works, their structures and how lead and motivate their employees, I also had a big opportunity to practice my second language and to knew new colleagues.
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference “Ascending into An Open Future” presented me with the opportunity to network and learn from academic librarians across the United States. The conference had a direct impact on my own efforts with outreach to K-12 and how to support students learning in the online environment using instructional strategies and library resources. I was able to attend several presentations from April 13-16, 2021 and revisit some of the recorded sessions for the three weeks following the end of the conference. The knowledge and experiences gained from attending this virtual conference will help to shape my professional practice in academic librarianship for many years to come. It also imparted upon me the importance of collaboration among academic librarians when it comes to research, scholarship, and service. Many of the conference sessions that I attended featured librarians that worked at different institutions presenting their research or projects and sharing their unique experiences. Following the presentations, I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the presenters during the allocated time for questions and answers. It was truly inspiring to see how the presenters addressed issues of Open Access, adapting work due to COVID-19, and diversity among others in academic librarianship today. At the academic library where I work, I am collaborating with my colleagues on projects which are having an impact on our university community and the K-12 community in the northern New Jersey region. I have seen firsthand the power of collaboration and external partnerships in academic libraries. Looking into the future, it is my hope to present and share my research and professional practice at a future ACRL conference. In closing, I would like to thank all of the donors to the ACRL conference scholarship fund that made my attendance to the ACRL 2021 virtual conference possible. Your contribution has enabled an early career academic librarian to grow both personally and professionally. I will carry my experiences and the knowledge I gained from the conference with me throughout the rest of my career in academic librarianship.
Attending 2021 ACRL Conference was my first national library conference. Participating in sessions helped me connect with librarians from all over the country. I was able to bring back ideas to my own institution and share with colleagues. In addition, I was also able to reach out and network with one of the presenters to pick their brain on their initiative to see how we can apply it to our institution. This was an invaluable opportunity. I would not have been able to attend ACRL 2021 with this scholarship.
When I got the news that I was a recipient of the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference Scholarship, I was thrilled. The world of libraries is vast and vibrant, and to be welcomed in with open arms was truly an honor. Attending the conference has helped me network with other librarians to learn about the critical work being done in different parts of the world. At my own library, the experience has elevated my commitment to libraries and enabled me to be involved in interdepartmental projects I didn’t think possible as a staff member. Attending the conference helped me, a queer person of color, bridge the hierarchal divide and engage the community in ways I hadn’t had the opportunity to before.”
First of all, I would have loved to attend the ACRL Conference in person, but even with the virtual environment the conference was very well organized and structured to align our professional interests to meet, grow, and learn together. It was very welcoming, engaging, and supportive professionally throughout the conference. Many of the topics covered during the sessions were most relevant in research and current work-related issues, such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, and technology. By attending the ACRL I have enriched my understanding of how comprehensive and diverse the field of librarianship and research can be. I wish there were more sessions on metadata and cataloging, but nonetheless, I have learned so much from this scholarship opportunity of attending the ACRL conference. Thank you for an eye-opening experience into the vast comprehensive of ACRL.
Attending ACRL 2021 made a huge difference in my professional life. As a graduating MLIS student, I felt more equipped to discuss current trends in academic librarianship during job interviews because of what I learned at the virtual conference. Attending ACRL 2021 also allowed me to participate in the national academic librarian dialogue for the first time by presenting a poster! I left the conference feeling inspired and excited to return again in 2023. Without the scholarship, none of these experiences would have been possible for me as a graduate student.
I greatly appreciated the scholarship that allowed me to attend ACRL 2021. As much as I missed the in-person aspects of the conference, I actually found it easier to "visit" the posters and see more lightning talks because they were available on demand. One of my primary areas is scholarly communications and there was a nice selection of posters, presentations, and panels on open access. Although it remains disheartening that open access still isn't the default for all publishing, I learned a lot from my colleagues about their outreach successes (and failures).
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference made a difference in my professional life and at my library because I learned about the innovative work and perspectives of academic librarians aspiring to serve their diverse campus communities. I am deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and insert universal ideals and ideas in my library projects, but my library can consider other ways to approach and execute DEI initiatives. Seeing the panel discussions, lightning talks, and posters allowed me to not only note what we could scale at my library but also affirm what we are doing well that I could share with fellow librarians. The conference was extremely impactful, and I was grateful for the grant award so I could attend and take away invaluable information to share with my colleagues.
Attending ACRL 2021 was transformative. I made several connections, particularly with other student success librarians, and enjoyed a range of live and on-demand sessions.
Really, the experience of ACRL meeting was a great personal and profesional satisfaction. That meeteng is a oporunity for know, hear and learn about the news perspectives of academic and reserach libraries. I was in several conferences and I was very impressed by the diversity of topics on inclusion. In aour libraries that focus is a menor demand in services but the diversity people need more atention of the academic and research libraries in my country.
Thank you so much for reaching out. I'm tremendously grateful to have received a scholarship to attend ACRL 2021. Between austerity measures at Prairie State College, and the fact that I am nursing my infant daughter, a virtual conference with a scholarship was the only way that I could attend. I am a newer librarian, coming from a different field and have a lot to learn. Luckily, I feel glad to have chosen a profession that values lifelong learning. To receive tenure in my position at Prairie State College I need to grow in my role as a professional. One way to do this is by attending conferences and as an academic librarian, ACRL is the conference to attend. Not only that, I can take back ideas to PSC. I want to talk with my colleagues about creating a data privacy code of rights after hearing keynote Tressie McMillan Cottom speak. After hearing two different panels on hiring practices, I think it is critical that we use a rubric, set interview questions (that are shared with the candidate ahead of time), and avoid taking candidates out to eat. Kynita Stringer-Stanback's talk, "From Slavery to College Loans" reminded me that PSC should look to see how its history could still be harming our current students. Finally, Mona Chalabi's closing keynote gave me some wonderful ideas to help students visualize their data in ways that are both beautiful and clear.
I was beyond pleased to receive a scholarship to attend the 2021 ACRL Conference! The theme -- Ascending into an Open Future -- is so relevant to my work as my campus’ Open Education Librarian, and I would not have been able to attend the conference without the scholarship. Roles like mine can be a little isolating at times because there is usually no one else doing the same work one’s organization, and the ability to connect with and learn from others engaged in open education at other institutions is critical to success in the mission to advance awareness and adoption of open educational resources (OER). With this scholarship, I was able to attend sessions that related directly to my practical work as well as to my aspirations for connecting that work with the values of equity and inclusion on my campus. Thank you to ACRL and the generous donors who made this possible for me!
Attending ACRL this year was immensely valuable for me as an early career information professional. This is the first conference I have been to with an academic library focus and it was amazing to attend sessions that tackled problems I see every day on the job, and that my colleagues and I constantly discuss. It was also incredibly inspiring to listen to and talk with other information professionals and librarians from similar backgrounds as me (I am Latina) who are able to provide insight and advice I would not encounter in my own workplace. This conference even helped me solidify my career goals: I now know I want to pursue a career as an Online Learning/Instructional Design Librarian. I even registered for a class towards the Learning Design Certificate with the School of Continuing Studies in order to work towards this. Thank you so much, ACRL!
As an academic arts librarian, I look to the ACRL/Arts Section to connect with colleagues within my specialized area of expertise. Receiving the ACRL Early Career Scholarship this year gave me a special opportunity to interact with and learn from these peers as well as so many other academic librarians. This recognition was even more impactful in light of our virtual conference, and being able to access new conversations and ideas both near and far. Thank you, ACRL, for investing in my professional development!
I had the honor of receiving a scholarship to attend the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference. For my first time attending this conference, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn from my peers and gain new perspectives, ideas, and techniques that I have already begun to apply to my current job duties as a Reference & Instruction Librarian. With the conference being virtual this year, I especially loved the convenience of watching the recorded sessions that I happened to miss because I was attending a live session at the same time. The platform for this conference was well put together and user-friendly, and I appreciate the ease of going back online to find materials that I could download and keep as a reference. Overall, I learned so much during this conference. This experience has afforded me the professional and personal growth I needed to continue making positive changes in higher education.
I am sincerely grateful to have been selected to receive an ACRL scholarship. The scholarship enabled me to attend the 2021 ACRL Virtual Conference, which was my very first ACRL conference. I actively participated in sessions, established new connections around the country, and increased my knowledge of a wide variety of library topics and issues. I wish to say “thank you” to ACRL and to the donors who support the ACRL Scholarship Funds. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated!
Thank you for reaching out. Attending ACRL 2021 was a great experience to see the work being done at how practices in other institutions intersect or may be implemented in my own library. It has generated great ideas as I work to build relationships that bridge Reference and Technical services work, and I am already working with colleagues to integrate certain themes in current projects as well as make technical services more visible to the public services community.
In March of 2020 I was working at my first academic librarian position since graduating with my MLIS in 2019. I planned to go to my first professional conference for the California Association of Research Libraries. Less than two weeks after I’d submitted my travel request, the state of California, was under a stay at home order due to COVID-19. Two weeks became several months, and while I was fortunate to be in a position where I could work remotely, I greatly missed the daily interaction with colleagues, exchanging ideas and collaborating on projects. The 2021 ACRL Conference scholarship gave me the opportunity to spend time outside of this professional bubble, to interact with colleagues from other institutions, to share ideas and explore the challenges facing libraries and librarians in the wake of the pandemic and the current racial justice movements. The UC Davis Library is currently engaged in the strategic planning process; as a member of the steering committee I found the sessions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion especially valuable. Sessions on the Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework, and on examining the hidden barriers faced by library employees with invisible illnesses and disabilities, provided valuable insights that have informed my contributions to the development of our strategic plan. The information and insights I gained during the conference, as well as the chance to re-center and refocus on professional development in the midst of the pandemic disruption of the pandemic, have been incredibly valuable. I am very grateful for the scholarship that allowed me the opportunity to attend the 2021 ACRL Conference.
Attending the 2021 ACRL Conference gave me a chance to connect with my academic library colleagues from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and locations. Through the sessions, lightning rounds, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and online networking opportunities, I discovered innovative suggestions for teaching information literacy, for providing better services and collections with diverse library users in mind, and handling challenges in budgets, staffing, and recognition of our work as librarians. As a librarian at a small college during a year marked by social distance from colleagues, I also felt a welcome sense of camaraderie. The experience helped me enormously by giving me fresh ideas and encouragement for my professional aspirations at a time both were lacking. I am grateful to ACRL for the opportunity to attend the 2021 Conference.
This was my first time attending ACRL and unfortunately due to budgeting may be my only opportunity to attend, which is why I was so excited and grateful to win the ACRL scholarship. The ACRL Conference had so much information, I didn’t know where to start. However, by the end of the conference I had so many resources to refer to later. I also came away with several new ideas for marketing and instruction that I plan to try out in the coming academic year. Being able to watch the sessions after the end of the conference was also helpful with so many great options, I didn’t have to choose just one.”