Volume 29, Number 2, Summer 2007

Emerging Leaders Present Their Results

by: Connie Paul, Central Jersey Regional Library Consortium

Curious about ALA President Leslie Burger’s Emerging Leaders program? Attend the poster session on Friday, June 22, from 3-5 P.M., where the 116 participants’ projects will be presented. The poster session will be held as the closing event of EL ’07. Since Midwinter in January, 23 groups have been working virtually on a project related to ALA or a professional concern, helped by an ALA staff person and a mentor from the profession.

Participants in EL ’07 come from 41 states and a variety of types of libraries. The majority are from public or academic libraries. Almost half of the group were sponsored by a division, chapter, or affiliate of ALA; the rest were sponsored by state associations or other groups. ASCLA’s representative Robin Rousu, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, discusses her participation with the Emerging Leader program in Meet ASCLA's Emerging Leader: Robin Rousu. Another active ASCLA member, Nora Blake, is being sponsored by the Massachusetts Library Association.

The location of the poster session on June 22 will probably be in the Washington Convention Center. All are welcome. For location information, a list of participants and a list of the projects, check out the wiki. Each project has its own page there and you will also find background and other materials relating to EL ’07.

Emerging Leaders began as one of ALA President Leslie Burger’s six initiatives. ALA is committed to making this program available annually. Information about EL ’08 will also be posted to the wiki in the spring. Connie Paul and consultant Maureen Sullivan are administering the current program and they will also be heading EL ’08.