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Emerging Leaders Survey: Opportunities with the New Members Round Table

One thing you may not know about ALA’s Emerging Leaders program is that every year, new cohort members get to choose a project from a list submitted by various round tables and committees to work on during their cohort year. The project I chose is “Driving Engagement: Developing a Marketing Strategy for NMRT”. The New Members Round Table (NMRT) primarily serves members of ALA who have been involved for less than 10 years and who want to be more involved in ALA as a whole. The way NMRT seeks to achieve this is with various programmatic offerings for its members. You have a lot of different options to get involved, including but not limited to committee assignments, mentorship matches, a resume review service, and even programs centered on how to attend ALA conferences!

- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Being an Emerging Leader at #ALAAC22!

I had an absolutely amazing Friday at #ALAAC22! This is my first time at an ALA Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to be working as well as learning with an awesome group of participants of the ALA Emerging Leaders (EL). The EL program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, 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. I highly recommend applying to this program since it’s been such a wonderful experience!

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Apply to be an ALSC Emerging Leader!

ALSC 2017, 2018, and 2019 Emerging Leaders

I joined ALSC as a staff member in 2017 and I think one of the (many) highlights of my time thus far has been working with our Emerging Leaders (EL) each year. ALSC sponsors 1 EL and it really allows me to, not only learn about them as individuals, but I learn more about the profession through the work they do in their schools/libraries and projects they choose to work on. The program has allowed me to gather everything I’ve learned about ALSC and ALA and share that with our Emerging Leader to better inform their work and welcome them in our association. Information about the program: The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to…

ALA Midwinter 2019

Unpacking Midwinter: Updates from the Midwinter ALSC Board Meetings & Other Meetings

Hello everyone! I hope that you are staying safe and warm wherever this post may find you. I also trust that those who attended Midwinter have finally all made it back home without further incident, particularly those of you who were stranded at airports waiting for flights, any flights, that would get you home. Since midwinter there has been considerable unpacking – literally and metaphorically. Some of you are unpacking suitcases full of books, posters, and other exciting finds from the exhibits, along with meeting notes and your conference clothes. Many people have also been unpacking all those thoughts swirling around in your head from networking, engaging sessions and keynotes, committee meetings, encounters with colleagues, and the barrage of online conversations related to the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) and the much needed conversations about walking the walk to ensure everyone is treated equitably and humanely. The latter stemming from multiple…

ALA Midwinter 2018

2018 Emerging Leaders – Team C #alamw18

2018 Emerging Leaders Group

On Friday, February 9, the 2018 Emerging Leaders class met for the first time. It was very exciting to be in a room full of professionals who are eager to move the work of our association forward. Our Team C consists of five members: Stephanie Anderson, Nicole Husbands, Tasha Nins, Jacqueline Quinn, and Raina Tuakoi. This team will explore Cultural Competency in Youth Librarianship by, ultimately, developing a microagressions training video script for ALSC. This project directly aligns with the “Diversity and Inclusion” objective of our ALSC Strategic Plan. Our first meeting consisted of getting to know one another, learning our strengths, diving into pieces of this project and what the project means to each of us, and discussing platforms to use to begin the work. This will be my first time being staff liaison to an Emerging Leaders group and I feel very confident knowing we also have Tori…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Take the 2016 ALSC Environmental Scan Survey

Greetings! As part of this year’s Emerging Leaders cohort, we are a group of public and school librarians from different libraries around the country (Arkansas, California, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington) working with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to conduct an environmental scan of current trends in children’s library services. We hope that you can take approximately two to four minutes to answer this quick survey. Our goal is for this survey to give us a more detailed sense of what trends are the most relevant and important to librarians serving children and youth and how ALSC can best support librarians’ professional development needs. If you have any questions or would like to talk more about the survey and/or the project, please email us at: Take the 2016 ALSC Environmental Scan Survey2016 ALSC Environmental Scan Survey

ALA Midwinter 2016

2016 ALSC Emerging Leaders Team D at #alamw16

Today I got a chance to finally meet the 2016 ALSC Emerging Leader Team D face-t0-face. Over the next six months, these five individuals will be performing an environmental scan for ALSC. I’ll be working with them in the capacity of staff liaison and it’s one of the favorite parts of my job. Every year, Emerging Leaders bring so much energy and passion to the work of our association. Their project is for them to analyze “trends, ideas, and influences to help ALSC prepare for the future needs of members and the direction of the profession.” Who better to do that then a group of forward-thinking and Emerging Leaders!? I can’t wait to get started. By the way, this project may sound familiar. An ALSC Emerging Leader project team performed this same environmental scan back in 2010. We liked it so much we asked a new group to do it again!