Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship Recipients

ACRL is pleased to announce recipients of its second round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2018. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

The selection committee chose three proposals in this competitive round of applications. They are:

  • Rebecca A. Croxton (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) for a presentation titled “From Matriculation to Graduation: A University-Wide Assessment of Student Engagement and Success” at the IUPUI Assessment Institute.
  • Heidi Schroeder (Michigan State University) for a presentation titled “Leveraging Library Consortia to Improve Vendor E-Resource Accessibility in the Big Ten Academic Alliance” at the Accessing Higher Ground conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • Megan E. Welsh (University of Colorado Boulder) for a presentation titled “Whose House? Our House!: Academic Libraries as Sites for Transfer Student Engagement” at the American Educational Research Association conference.

“Academic librarians are engaging in meaningful research that aligns with institutional outcomes,” says Value of Academic Libraries Committee Chair Holly Mercer. “I’m pleased ACRL is able to support the recipients’ travel to share their work with stakeholders outside of libraries.”

These travel scholarships take up a recommendation from the 2017 ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

Applications for the next round of scholarships are due February 15, 2019. More information is available on the ACRL website.