Kim Olson-Charles Awarded ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship

Photograph of Kim Olson-Charles
Kim Olson-Charles, Concordia University

The first 2017-2018 ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship has been awarded to Kim Olson-Charles, distance education and outreach librarian at Concordia University. This scholarship is designed to allow ACRL-OR members the chance to apply for awards to attend conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities. Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for 2017-2018 fiscal year. You can find out more about the multiple scholarship opportunities ACRL-OR provides on the ACRL-OR Scholarships page.  

Kim will be using the award to attend the Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Librarian Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in March 2018. She plans on bringing back ideas and best practices to better engage faculty and students, and to augment Concordia’s new Personal Librarian Program, an element of the university’s strategy for student recruitment and retention. Kim will share her learning with the co-coordinator of the Personal Librarian program, so that they can work together to establish more rigorous assessment and engaging activities for the students. We look forward to hearing more from Kim about this conference once she has returned!

Are you looking for support to attend a professional development event of your own? Applications for the ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship are reviewed three times a year. The next deadline will be at the end of February 2018; keep your eyes open for announcements about the exact date of the next deadlines.

Stephanie Debner
ACRL-OR Past President
University of Western States