Student Scholarship Report

Written by Allison Smith

I was extremely grateful to have been awarded the ABQLA Student Scholarship, and I am pleased to share what it enabled me to do.  Through meeting ABQLA members and other professionals, serving as president of the McGill student chapter, working on the 2014 conference, and generally benefiting from the professional development programming, my involvement with ABQLA has already been so fulfilling. As such, being awarded the scholarship carried deep personal significance beyond its generous financial worth.

With the money from the scholarship, I was able to go to Moncton for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association conference, where I was invited to deliver an Ignite Talk (a quick five-minute presentation with 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds) on social media tips for academic libraries, based on the results of my practicum project for the McGill Library. Memorably, this took place during the lock-down of Moncton following the tragic events this past June, and I witnessed first hand the strength and spirit of the city in that trying moment.

Soon thereafter, I attended the Special Libraries Association conference, which was in Vancouver this year. I took advantage of the chance to network with other Canadian and international information professionals while learning a lot from the diverse programming. I am extremely grateful to ABQLA and the Awards Committee for making both of these opportunities possible, and look forward to continuing my involvement with the association. Thank you for the encouragement!