Apply to Become a 2012 Emerging Leader

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 13:04
Former "Librarians Build Communities" Emerging Leaders Project F team members (front to back, left to right): Easter DiGangi (Madison, WI), Heather James (Morris, MN), Teri Shiel (Westfield, MA), Kristi Brumley (Boise, ID), and Erin Leach (St. Louis, MO).

Apply now to be one of 75 ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders! The deadline to apply is August 1, 2011.

This program is designed to enable library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers, and gain an understanding of the ALA structure and wide range of activities.

See the 2011 Emerging Leaders and the projects they accomplished:

Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page. In brief:

  • Applicants should be under 35 years of age or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than 5 years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library. 
  • They also should be able to attend both the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas (Jan. 20–24, 2012) and the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. (June 21–26, 2012).

 An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter, or school library media affiliate will sponsor approximately one-half of the selected applicants.  Each sponsor will contribute $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference).  Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. 

  • A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.
  • Applicants can indicate on the application which groups they want to consider them for sponsorship. 
  • Applicants may also check with various state associations and/or state chapters to find out if they are participating and how to apply for their sponsorship.
  • No more than one person from any institution will be selected for participation in the program, so act quickly to ensure your spot.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders Web page or contact the program coordinator, Beatrice Calvin.