Emerging Leaders: Class of 2013

Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:38
Emerging Leaders, class of 2013. Photo: ALA Cognotes

They’re the new people greeting you at the reference desk, shelving books in the stacks, and experimenting with fresh ideas behind the scenes. These are the new library rising stars, the generation that will move, shape, and influence the present and future of the ALA and the library profession.

These are the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders of 2013.

Instituted under ALA Past President Leslie Burger, the Emerging Leaders program recognizes the best and brightest new leaders in the library world. It’s open to librarians under 35 years of age or those new to the library profession of any age with fewer than five years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library. The program allows these stars to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership, participate in project-planning workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

“This very successful program has enabled a number of very talented new professionals to assume leadership positions in ALA at earlier career stage,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan. “These individuals have brought fresh ideas, new approaches, and significant energy to the Association. I welcome this next class and look forward to working with them.”

The 55 honorees in the Emerging Leaders class of 2013 represent a wide variety of libraries and professional specialties. Their diversity is their strength, shining a bright beacon into the futures of both the American Library Association and the library world.

 


 

Frans Albarillo

Position title: Assistant Professor and Librarian for Business and Sociology

Name of library: Brooklyn (N.Y.) College Library

City, State: Brooklyn, New York

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? I would like to learn how to become a good group facilitator.

What is your primary information specialty? Business and the social sciences

What author do you want to have dinner with? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. English is my second language.

 


 

Tarida Anantachai

Position title: Resident Librarian

Name of library: Syracuse (N.Y.) University Library

City, State : Syracuse, New York

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to be more involved in regional and national library associations, and to start taking on a mentoring role for other newer librarians.

What author do you want to have dinner with? Anthony Bourdain or David Sedaris, for good eats and good laughs!

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I collect keychains.  The quirkier, the better!

 


 

Ellen Armstrong

Position title: Adult Services Librarian          

Name of library: Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library

City, State: Columbus, Ohio

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To meet awesome librarians and to learn about exciting things other libraries are doing.

What are your primary information specialties? Reference and emerging technologies.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I have an irrational hatred of spiders.

 


 

Sara Arnold-Garza

Position title: Residency Librarian

Name of library: Albert S. Cook Library, Towson (Md.) University

City, State: Towson, Maryland

What is your primary information specialty? Research and instruction

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Helping university students learn to be information literate!

Who’s your hero? Gwen Ifill

What’s your favorite place in the library? The research help desk

What author do you want to have dinner with? Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I can wiggle my nose.

 


 

Christina Miracle Bailey

Position title: Information Research Specialist/Librarian

Name of library: The Library of Congress/ Congressional Research Service, Washington, D.C.

City, State: Silver Spring, Maryland

What is your primary information specialty?  Providing reference services in digital formats

Who’s your hero? My mother

What author do you want to have dinner with? Toni Morrison

What is your favorite social media tool? Skype. I currently live in Maryland and I can keep in touch with my family and friends via video chat in Georgia.

 


 

Audrey Barbakoff

Position title: Adult Services Librarian

Name of library: Kitsap (Wash.) Regional Library

City, State: Bainbridge Island, Washington

What is your primary information specialty? Readers’ advisory and reference for all ages

Fill in the blank: The TARDIS is my favorite!

What inspired you to become a librarian? I have always loved building community through stories.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I play guitar and sing.  

What is your favorite social media tool? Pinterest. It’s beautiful.

 


 

Holli (Beckmann) Duggan

Position title: Returns Assistant

Name of library: Love Library, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

City, State: Lincoln, Nebraska

Fill in the blank: Cupcakes are my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Tina Fey

What author do you want to have dinner with? Neil Gaiman

Name something that few colleagues know about you.  I’m a fairly avid CrossFitter.

What is your favorite social media tool? Pinterest.

 


 

Amanda Binder

Position title: Social Sciences Librarian

Name of library: J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

City, State: Charlotte, North Carolina

What is your primary information specialty? Social sciences and history

Fill in the blank: Dessert is my favorite!

What inspired you to become a librarian? My first boss after college, who was a librarian and archivist. His love for history, libraries, and special collections was contagious.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I love to serve as a personal shopper for my friends.

 


 

Mary Braun

Position title: Library Aide II

Name of library: Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library

City, State: Bozeman, Montana

What author do you want to have dinner with? Doris Kearns Goodwin

What inspired you to become a librarian?  As long as I can remember, I've always liked the idea of creating order out of chaos. That is what librarians and libraries do. I wanted to be a part of that system.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I do not like peas.

 


 

Sara Bryce

Position title: Youth Services Librarian/Field Trip Adventure Coordinator

Name of library: La Crosse (Wis.) Public Library

City, State: La Crosse, Wisconsin

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To be active in ASCLA, my Emerging Leaders sponsor, and to work toward making my library’s services more accessible to our unique population.

What is your primary information specialty? Children and family services

What’s your favorite place in the library? The Youth Services desk! I love helping kids find the right kind of book.

 


 

Cristina Caminita   

Position title: Agriculture & Information Literacy Librarian

Name of library: Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge

City, State: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Fill in the blank:  Brooks running shoes are my favorite!  

Who’s your hero? My mother. She is a paragon of resilience and patience.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I was a member of the invited performance groups that opened Disneyland Paris in 1992.

 


 

Wei Cen

Position title: Emerging Technologies Librarian

Name of library: Gulf Coast State College Library, Panama City, Florida

City, State: Panama City, Florida

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? I want to broaden my knowledge of the challenges facing academic libraries.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’d like to take on a leadership role in my library and strengthen my involvement in ALA, CALA, and other professional organizations.       

Who’s your hero? My dad. He bravely fought cancer.

 


 

Emily K. Chan

Position title: Senior Assistant Librarian

Name of library: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José (Calif.) State University

City, State: San José, California

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To gain more experience in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, and project management.

Who is your hero? My parents are my heroes.  They immigrated to the United States with very little resources, but with hard work, determination, and a willingness to learn, they have achieved much. 

 


 

Jessica Clemons

Position title: Assistant Librarian

Name of library: F. Franklin Moon Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York

City, State: Syracuse, New York

Fill in the blank: Mountains are my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? Mary Roach

Name something that few colleagues know about you: I’m sometimes good at playing darts.

What is your favorite social media tool? Twitter. I used to avoid it, but now I find it's a great way to connect with and learn from cool people and organizations.

 


 

Zach Coble

Position title: Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian

Name of library: Musselman Library, Gettysburg (Pa.) College

City, State: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

What is your primary information specialty? Scholarly communication

Fill in the blank: PEEPS are my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? Roberto Bolaño

What inspired you to become a librarian? The joy that comes with connecting people with the information they need

 


 

Ana Elisa de Campos Salles

Position title: Adult and Teen Librarian

Name of library: District of Columbia Public Library

City, State: Washington, D.C.

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To learn, meet new people while accomplishing worthwhile things, and pay it forward. Repeat.

What is your primary information specialty? Teen fiction, adult fiction, and nonfiction.

Who’s your hero? Wonder Woman, of course!

What’s your favorite place in the library? The teen space

 


 

Tyler Dzuba

Position title: Department Head, Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library

Name of library: River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, New York

City, State: Rochester, New York

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To get to know my influential colleagues, and to come out on the other side buzzing with ideas for making the profession better

Fill in the blank: Mexican coffee is my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? I think Douglas Adams would be a hoot.

 


 

Audrey Evans     

Position title: Reference Librarian

Name of library: Davis Polk Law Library, New York, New York

City, State: New York, New York

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To become an effective activist and advocate

Fill in the blank: Dancing is my favorite

What author do you want to have dinner with? Virginia Woolf

What inspired you to become a librarian? During a college internship at the Clinton Presidential Archives, I came to understand the profound connection between democracy and information.

 


 

Joe Filapek

Position title: Adult and Teen Services Supervisor

Name of library: Naperville (Ill.) Public Library

City, State: Naperville, Illinois

What is your primary information specialty? Social sciences

What’s your favorite place in the library? Children’s storytime room. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, the smiling faces of children remind me of how beloved the library is in my community. 

What author do you want to have dinner with? Michael Chabon

 


 

Alicia Finley

Position title: Library Service Specialist II (Children’s Services)

Name of library: Charlotte (N.C.) Mecklenburg Library

City, State: Charlotte, North Carolina

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To contribute to team success and implement something useful

Fill in the blank: Hello Kitty is my favorite!

Who’s your hero? My mom

 


 

Regina Gong

Position title: Head of Technical Services and Systems

Name of library: Lansing (Mich.) Community College Library

City, State: Lansing, Michigan

What is your primary information specialty? Collection management, library systems, and technology.

Fill in the blank:  Watching Filipino telenovelas is my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? Oprah. I’d like it to be in my house so I can cook lots of Filipino food.

 


 

Krishna Grady

Position title: Children’s Librarian

Name of library: Darien (Conn.) Library

City, State: Darien, Connecticut

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To increase librarianship awareness to a diverse population and get to know others in this amazing field

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I was in an American Express commercial in 2004.

What is your favorite social media tool? Twitter. It forces one to be succinct yet share so much.

 


 

Sarah Granville

Position title: Teen Services Librarian

Name of library: Barberton (Ohio) Public Library

City, State: Barberton, Ohio

What is your primary information specialty? Teen and adult fiction

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would like to be on a book award committee.

Who’s your hero? Buffy Summers

What inspired you to become a librarian? I grew up surrounded by books. I want to help people feel the way I feel when I read a book I love.

 


 

Nathan Hall

Position title: Digital Repositories Librarian

Name of library: Virginia Tech Libraries, Blacksburg, Virginia

City, State: Blacksburg, Virginia

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? Accomplish a project that can lead to a publication, and become a resource for solving a particular kind of problem.

Fill in the blank: Wild berry foraging is my favorite!

What’s your favorite place in the library? The stacks.  I love walking among countless printed volumes and seeing what title or author catches my eye and forces me to do a double take.

 


 

Katlin Heidgerken-Greene

Position title: Library Associate

Name of library: Anoka County (Minn.) Library, Crooked Lake branch

City, State: Coon Rapids, Minnesota

What is your primary information specialty? Youth services

What’s your favorite place in the library?: The young adult section

What inspired you to become a librarian? The opportunity to work with a diverse public in informal teaching and learning situations.

 


 

Maegan Heindel

Position title: Library Media Specialist

Name of library: Marquette (Wis.) Elementary School Library

City, State: Madison, Wisconsin

Fill in the blank: Vintage clothes and local foods are my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? Mo Willems. I think he'd be a hoot!

What inspired you to become a librarian? This career allows me to combine my love of teaching with a passion for literature and technology.

 


 

Margaret Heller

Position title: Digital Services Librarian

Name of library: Cudahy Library, Loyola University, Chicago

City, State: Chicago, Illinois

What is your primary information specialty? Digital services and scholarly communication

What author do you want to have dinner with? Alain de Botton

What inspired you to become a librarian? I grew up in the library. It was my first volunteer job, my paid job, and only profession I seriously considered.

 


 

Jennifer Himmelreich

Position title: San José (Calif.) State University SLIS MLIS student

City, State: Shiprock, New Mexico

What are your primary information specialties? Digital services (library services, archives, etc.) for indigenous communities

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’d like to be working with an indigenous community to help them find new ways to archive and curate their knowledge in ways that draw their community members back to their culture.

Fill in the blank: BEETS are my favorite!

 


 

Susan Hoang

Position title: Reference and Instruction Librarian

Name of library: Gould Library, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

City, State: Northfield, Minnesota

What author do you want to have dinner with? Beverly Cleary

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I love roller coasters.

What is your favorite social media tool? Diaspora, for its promise as a distributed open social network.

 


 

Nzinga Holley-Harris    

Position title: Librarian

Name of library: Department of Justice, Quantico, Virginia

City, State: Quantico, Virginia

What is your primary information specialty? Information technology

Fill in the blank: My family is my favorite!

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I am an enormous fan of Japanese anime.

What is your favorite social media tool? Twitter, because it tells you what people are thinking right now.

 


 

Margaret Howard

Position title: Librarian

Name of library: Chesterfield County (Va.) Public Library

City, State: Chesterfield, Virginia

Fill in the blank: Dogs are my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Scarlett O’Hara

What’s your favorite place in the library? The nooks with comfy chairs.

What author do you want to have dinner with? Judy Blume

What is your favorite social media tool? Tumblr. It's an easy and awesome way to connect with people professionally and personally.

 


 

Anna Johnson

Position title: Ready to Read Specialist

Name of library: Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library   

City, State: Columbus, Ohio

What is your primary information specialty? Early literacy and parent education

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself as a leader in the field of public service, particularly serving low-income families.

Fill in the blank: English bulldogs are my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Jesus Christ

 


 

Susie Judd

Position title: Elementary Library/Media Specialist

Name of library: Butler (Mo.) Elementary Library

City, State: Butler, Missouri

What is your primary information specialty? Children’s services

What’s your favorite place in the library? The reading carpet where I have story time with the pre-K thru 3rd graders

What inspired you to become a librarian? I wanted to be able to connect readers with “the book” that hopefully will turn them into lovers of books!

 


 

Julie Judkins

Position title: Digital Librarian

Name of library: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

City, State: Ann Arbor, Michigan

What is your primary information specialty? Digital humanities, English literature, creative writing, children’s literature, special collections

What inspired you to become a librarian? I was raised in a library-loving family and had many positive library experiences growing up.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I’ve never been to New York City.

 


 

Jeff Lambert

Position title: Technology Instructor

Name of library: Sierra Group Academy, Philadelphia

City, State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What is your primary information specialty? Instruction and outreach

What author do you want to have dinner with? Ray Bradbury

What inspired you to become a librarian? I wanted to work on the front lines of the digital divide.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2010.

 


 

Ted McCoy

Position title: Library Assistant

Name of library: Oakland (Calif.) Public Library

City, State: Oakland, California

What is your primary information specialty? Children’s and youth services

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Working in a public library and serving diverse groups in the children’s and youth services context

What inspired you to become a librarian? I wanted a career where being nice to people was part of my job.

 


 

Caitlin Moen

Position title: Catalog Librarian

Name of library: LAC Group, on contract to Tulane University, New Orleans

City, State: New Orleans, Louisiana

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Working in acquisitions

What author do you want to have dinner with? Harper Lee

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I read super-fast. I can finish a book in just a few hours (depending on the book of course).

What is your favorite social media tool? FriendFeed. I like to lurk and learn.

 


 

Kathleen Monks

Position title: Assistant Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Name of library: University of Idaho Library, Moscow

City, State: Moscow, Idaho

What is your primary information specialty? Agriculture and life sciences

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Continuing to challenge myself with new opportunities and expanding my service to the Idaho Library Association and ALA

What’s your favorite place in the library? I love the group study areas.

 


 

Kathleen Riopelle RobertsKathleen Riopelle Roberts

Position Title: School Librarian

Name of Library: Rivers Edge Elementary, Henricon, Virginia

City/State: Henricon, Virginia

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To travel, meet, and work with different kinds of librarians

What is your primary information specialty? Teaching 21st century library skills using elementary curriculum

What’s your favorite place in the library? The checkout desk

 


 

Eugenia Schatoff

Position title: Director

Name of library: Watervliet (N.Y.) Public Library

City, State: Watervliet, New York

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To become an active participant in ALA, to learn a lot, to meet new people and to broaden my horizons

What is your primary information specialty? Public libraries, leadership and management, and Eastern European area studies

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  As the director of a public library, continuing to challenge myself and to grow

 


 

Annie Schutte

Position title: Middle and Upper School Librarian

Name of library: Maret School, Washington, D.C.

City, State: Washington, D.C.

What’s your favorite place in the library? The circulation desk—it’s the crow’s nest where I can keep track of everything going on in the library

What author do you want to have dinner with? Junot Diaz

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I spent a summer in college working for a baseball team in rural New York despite knowing nothing about sports.

 


 

Yasmeen Shorish

Position title: Science Librarian

Name of library: Rose Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

City, State: Harrisonburg, Virginia

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To be a more effective communicator and bring people together towards a common goal.

Fill in the blank: S’mores are my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Wonder Woman

What author do you want to have dinner with? Vladimir Nabokov

 


 

Bonnie J. Smith      

Position title: Assistant Program Director for Human Resources

Name of library: George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida, Gainesville

City, State: Gainesville, Florida

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Traveling the world to help start small libraries in developing countries

Who’s your hero? Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai

What author do you want to have dinner with? Tasha Tudor

 


 

Paul Smith

Position: Community Programming Manager

Name of library: Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri

City, State: Independence, Missouri

Fill in the blank: The A.V. Club is my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Robert F. Kennedy

What author do you want to have dinner with? Ernest Cline

Name something that few colleagues knows about you. I belong to a support group for redheads.

 


 

Amy Jo Southworth

Position title: High School Librarian

Name of library: Bay Shore (N.Y.) High School Library

City, State: Bay Shore, New York

What is your primary information specialty? Research, the teaching of writing and grammar, technical communication, teaching all aspects of secondary English

Fill in the blank: Fair trade dark chocolate is my favorite!

Who’s your hero? My husband

 


 

Lenore St. John                 

Position title: Children’s Services Coordinator

Name of library: Tulsa City-County (Okla.) Library

City, State: Tulsa, Oklahoma

What is your primary information specialty? Children’s services

Fill in the blank: Carbs are my favorite!

Who’s your hero? My border collie Maya. She is always happy, loves everyone unconditionally, and is ready to help with anything.

What’s your favorite place in the library? The children’s department

 


 

Yvonne C. Stephenson   

Position title: Branch Librarian

Name of library: Amarillo (Tex.) Public Library

City, State: Amarillo, Texas         

Who’s your hero? Felix Campos, my grandfather.  He was a hardworking Mexican immigrant who sacrificed for his family so that generations to come could prosper in the U.S. 

What inspired you to become a librarian? There is a community need for librarians of color to serve, so I decided to step up and do just that.

 


 

Brittney Thomas

Position title: Learning Commons Coordinator

Name of library: The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City

City, State: Iowa City, Iowa

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Working in an urban academic or public library teaching information literacy and technology skills to young adults

What inspired you to become a librarian? As a child I knew that the librarian was the gatekeeper to all of the wonderful stories that reside in the library. I wanted to be that gatekeeper.

 


 

Stephanie A. Thomas

Position title: Teacher Librarian/ Media Specialist

Name of library: Parkrose High School Library, Portland, Oregon

City, State: Portland, Oregon

What is your primary information specialty? K-12 education, educational technology integration

What inspired you to become a librarian? The internet ca. 1998.  As it changed the information landscape, it was clear to me that the librarian would lead the charge and be the guide to make sense of it all.

 


 

Megan Threats

Position title: Information Professional Graduate Student at Syracuse (N.Y.) University

City, State: Syracuse, New York

What is your primary information specialty? Information literacy

Fill in the blank: Spotify is my favorite!

Who’s your hero? Wangari Maathai

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I love musicals.

What is your favorite social media tool? Instagram. I love being able to document my travel adventures through photographs in real time.

 


 

Julie Watson

Position title: Research Librarian

Name of library: Marywood University Library, Scranton, Pennsylvania

City, State: Scranton, Pennsylvania

What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To meet interesting people and find opportunities to give back to the profession

What’s your favorite place in the library? Any quiet corner with a comfortable chair

What author do you want to have dinner with? David Sedaris

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I had a flock of sheep when I was growing up.

 


 

Kirsten Weaver

Position title: Teen Services Librarian

Name of library: Frankfort (Ind.) Community Public Library

City, State: Frankfort, Indiana

What is your primary information specialty? Teen services

Fill in the blank: Doctor Who is my favorite!

What inspired you to become a librarian? My love of the library and the services and resources it offers. There’s nothing better than seeing a person’s face light up when you find them something great!

 


 

Berika Williams

Position title: Web Services Librarian

Name of library: Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria (Tex.) Library

City, State: Victoria, Texas

Fill in the blank:  Zumba is my favorite!

What’s your favorite place in the library? Somewhere in the LC Call Number Class “H” section–business inspiration

What author do you want to have dinner with? Attica Locke. She’s from my hometown and I’ve watched her grow as a writer.

Name something that few colleagues know about you. I have a penchant for screenwriting.

 


 

Marci Zane

Position title: Library Media Specialist

Name of library:  Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, New Jersey

City, State: Flemington, New Jersey

What is your primary information specialty? Inquiry learning, information literacy, and emerging technologies

Fill in the blank: The Phillies are my favorite!

What author do you want to have dinner with? Paulo Coelho

Name something that few colleagues know about you. When I was ten, I had an Abraham Lincoln birthday party.

 


 

Fallon Zschiegner-Bleich

Position title: Circulation Assistant

Name of library: Bentonville (Ark.) Public Library

City, State: Bentonville, Arkansas

What is your primary information specialty? Digital technologies/library and web 2.0 programs

What’s your favorite place in the library? The new book area. I have way too many new authors on my favorite list because of browsing it.

What author do you want to have dinner with? Libba Bray