Last fall when I was writing my e-Portfolio for graduation from my School of Library and Information Science, I was asked to define how as a professional I would “contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities”. As part of my multi-pronged answer, I explained that I would seek to contribute to relevant professional organizations because I believe “it is important for librarians and archivists to support each other intellectually, share our ideas, and promote our organizations together, even as our resources and tools change with each technological advancement.” To me, one of the communities to which a librarian belongs is his or her profession, and we are beholden to helping each other.
I feel fortunate that I am now able to turn those promises into concrete action.
I am very proud and excited to announce that I have been nominated to join the Ilene F. Rockman Scholarship Committee on behalf of the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL) association. CARL is the California chapter of the ACRL, which in turn is the division of the ALA (American Library Association) that focuses on the needs of academic and research librarians. I will be one of five committee members who promotes the scholarships, reviews applications and helps select winners (current Master’s Students in Library and Information Science). The scholarship is given to two recipients in even numbered years to help fund the recipients’ participation in the biennial CARL conference, and in odd numbered years it sponsors one student’s trip to the national ACRL conference. The hope is that budding professionals will have the opportunity to participate in conferences and thereby learn themselves how to become active in their profession.
This opportunity is due entirely to the great Penny Scott, outgoing chairperson of the Rockman Scholarship Committee, a fantastic mentor who has provided me a sterling example of how to give back to the profession, and whose path I feel honored to follow.