As expected, the conference was huge, inspiring, and jam-packed with informative panels, talks, and workshops. I attended fantastic sessions on collaborative instruction in archives and special collections, the Digital Public Library of America, search engine bias and its impact on women and girls, embodied care theory in librarianship, the legal and social implications of open source scholarship, the evolving academic library job market, the ethics of environmentally unsustainable electronic devices produced in sweatshops, and more!
I am so grateful to the ACRL 2015 and ACRL 75th Anniversary donors who funded my attendance as a student scholarship recipient. This was my first ACRL, and it was an invaluable experience both professionally and personally. I left with a better understanding of current trends and initiatives in the field, new friends and professional connections, and a deepened enthusiasm for librarianship, as well as an increased dependence on caffeine.
As always, I took many photographs. Here are some highlights—see more on my Texarchivist Instagram feed. I also took some food snaps for my food blog (which is on hiatus), Stella Cooks.