Volume 29, Number 2, Summer 2007

Meet ASCLA's Emerging Leader: Robin Rousu

Robin Rousu, Washington Talking Books & Braille Library

My name is Robin Rousu and I am honored to be your ASLCA-sponsored ALA Emerging Leader for 2007. The goal of the Emerging Leader program is to have 100 new librarians ready to participate in leadership in ALA, one of its divisions, or state chapters.

I received my MLIS from the University of Washington in 2004 and have been the Temporary Adult Services Librarian at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library for the past two years. I am an ASCLA member and am involved with the LSSPS and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum. I also serve the Washington Library Association as the chair of their Reference Interest Group.

As a participant in the Emerging Leader program, I have committed to future service on an ALA or chapter committee, task force, working group, or project team. I attended a full day of leadership training at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and will attend another at Annual Conference. I am working with four other Emerging Leaders to create a marketing plan for librarycareers.org, ALA's new recruiting website. We will present our plan this summer at the Emerging Leaders poster session and the Recruitment Assembly meeting at the ALA Annual Conference.

I am grateful for ASCLA sponsorship and encourage ASLCA's continuing involvement with the Emerging Leaders program because I see it as a wonderful opportunity for ASCLA to develop future leaders of the organization and involve new librarians in ASCLA projects. Contact Robin for more information.