Emerging Leaders - Application Form.

(Deadline Date: Friday August 31, 2018 11:59pm Central Time)

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders Program.

Personal Data Notification

The ALA (American Library Association and its units) and the ALA-APA (Allied Professional Association) (collectively “ALA”) use the personal data you provide to the ALA to process membership, inform you of products, services, conferences, education opportunities, events and for other purposes which are within the Association’s mission. To accomplish these actions, ALA contracts with third-parties who gather and process personal data to complete interactions such as online purchases, conference registration, and fulfillment. The personal data as provided is processed and stored as a legitimate Interest to the ALA in order to fulfill your requests for information and services from ALA.

As the Emerging Leaders application requires personal data that falls within special categories of data protection. You must explicitly acknowledge you are giving the ALA permission to store, process as well as disseminate this data to the sponsoring organization(s) for use in the selection process.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emerging Leaders coordinators.


Current Mailing Address (required):

Gender and Membership Number

Please select the one category that you most closely identify:


List the names of the colleges/universities you have attended. Put the most current first.

College/University 1:

College/University 2:

College/University 3:


This is the basic selection criteria. If you do not meet this criteria, you should not complete the application.

Selection Criteria:

Employer Information

List information for your current employer. Previous employers should be included on your resume. If you are currently unemployed, put Unemployed in the name field.

Current Employer

If you are currently employed, your employer should give consent for you to attend both of the ALA conferences and to participate in the program. Enter your supervisor's information below and they will be contacted for approval.

Employer Approval (If applicable)

Professional Activities





Personal Statements




The following organizations have agreed to financially sponsor a limited number of Emerging Leaders. (In order to be considered for one of these sponsorships, applicants must be an individual member of the sponsoring organization selected on their application). Each sponsor will contribute up to $1000 for expenses ($500 each conference). Selection may be made by the sponsoring organization.

Sponsorship is not required to participate in the program. However, if you are not sponsored, you will be expected to pay all of your own expenses related to attending both ALA conferences.

Select from the list below, use Control key to make more than one choice:


Provide information on individuals who have written, or will write, letters of reference:

It is important that you enter the correct email for your reference. Upon submitting this form, your reference will receive an email with the url and login information to enter your reference.

Reference 1

Reference 2



Resume or Curriculum Vita:
Note: Keep filename relatively short with no spaces in it:

A complete application includes:

  1. Online application
  2. Letter of approval from supervisor, if appropriate
  3. Personal resume or curriculum vita (uploaded in application)
  4. Two letters of recommendation. When you submit your application, your references will receive automated messages which will include a link to the reference form. Applicants are encouraged to notify references before you apply so they know to expect a message regarding your application to the EL program.


Important: In order to be considered for the Emerging Leaders program, all application materials must be submitted to ALA on or before August 31, 2018 11:59pm Central time. This includes letters of reference as well as letters of approval from supervisors (if applicable).


If selected to participate in the ALA Emerging Leaders program, I will commit to serve on either an ALA or other professional, library-related organizational committee, at the completion of the program.

All information submitted is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

Personal Data:

I explicitly acknowledge I am giving the ALA permission to store, process as well as disseminate to the sponsoring organization(s) for use in the selection process my personal data entered on this form including your gender and race/ethnicity.

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