Invest in the Future of Academic Libraries This Holiday Season With a Gift to ACRL

Brittini Ballard scholarship testimonial

Our generous donors have extended their Giving Tuesday matching gifts up to $8,750 through the end of the year, so there’s still time to support the Friends of ACRL.

Please consider a gift to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund in support of the ACRL 2021 Conference Scholarship Campaign by December 31, 2019. There is no better value for the money and no better way to make a double difference.

Your gift will . . .

Spread Joy

Twenty-nine library school students received scholarships to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland. Your gift can help future students connect with the larger community of academic librarians and forge relationships that will help them develop as future colleagues. Your gift is guaranteed to inspire gratitude and deep appreciation.

True story: “ACRL was the single most valuable conference I have ever attended. As a current MLIS student, it not only afforded me the ability to network with other MLIS students, but it also put me in contact with incredible librarians from all over the country doing work I didn’t even know other academic librarians were involved in. It gave me a clearer picture of the profession, and how I might fit within in. I was also accepted as a presenter, and it gave me the chance to really push into the professional realm and shine in front of my colleagues.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Donna Baluchi

Pay It Forward

Seventy-two early-career academic and research librarians received scholarships to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference. Help your new colleagues to further improve their skills, expertise, and confidence. Join past scholarship recipients in supporting the next generation of academic librarian leaders by donating to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund.

True story: “Attending ACRL allowed me to meet new people, create new connections, and reinforce connections with colleagues from all around the country. The long-time members of ACRL spoke fondly of the community they found in the organization throughout their careers. The presentations provided context for what I experienced working in an academic library. As an early career information professional, I can’t thank ACRL enough for the opportunity to attend the conference.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Stephanie Akau

Double in Value

Seventy-two mid-career academic and research librarians received scholarship support. Gifts to the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund will be matched up to $8,750 until December 31, 2019, and will be instrumental in helping mid-career colleagues embrace new leadership roles and transform their libraries.

True story: “While I have been an academic librarian for 10 years, tight budgets have meant that I was never able to attend the ACRL Conference. With the help of the Mid-Career Scholarship, I was able to attend the 2019 ACRL Conference in Cleveland. Being able to network with other academic librarians, see what they are doing in their libraries, and glean ideas and applications for my own library was invaluable. The summary of takeaways that I sent to my colleagues was eight pages long. Without the financial support provided by this scholarship, I would never have been able to learn about the wide variety of innovative practices and ideas at academic libraries across the country or to network with fellow academic librarians and discuss our common challenges and potential solutions. Thank you so much for allowing me to attend this conference.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Diana Matthews

Give Two Holiday Gifts

Honor someone with a tribute gift and support scholarships for library support staff members who hope to attend the ACRL 2021 Conference. Your gift of appreciation will delight a colleague and help to make the ACRL Conference an inclusive experience for all who work in libraries.

True story: “The ACRL Conference Scholarship program is much more than just a financial support mechanism that helps to sustain and retain people of diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and under-represented groups in the library profession. I think of it as a life-giving river that feeds the library ecosystem. The Scholarship program has presented me with numerous opportunities to develop professional relationships, networks, and support systems that still exist today.” – ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient Orolando Duffus

We sincerely appreciate your generosity this holiday season!