ACRL sponsors 2019 Emerging Leaders

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/13/2018


Mary Jane Petrowski

Associate Director


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its sections are sponsoring seven members to participate in 2019 class of ALA Emerging Leaders. The 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.

ACRL is proud to sponsor Cari Ann Didion, student at Governors State University, New Lenox, Illinois; Sheila A. Garcia, resident librarian, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; Natalie M. Ornat, Humanities Librarian, University of North Carolina – Charlotte; Teresa Schultz, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno; and Karna Younger, faculty engagement librarian, University of Kansas.

The ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) and the Instruction Section (IS) are sponsoring Sabrina Dyck, reference and instructional services librarian, Lawson State Community College, and the ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS) is sponsoring Ted Quiballo, user support specialist associate, Northwestern University Libraries.

The Emerging Leaders program will kick off with a day-long session facilitated by Maureen Sullivan during the ALA 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Following the kickoff session which includes orientation and training, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months. The program culminates with a poster session where the 2019 Emerging Leaders will showcase the results of their project planning work during the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Emerging Leaders participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, round table, or affiliate committee or workgroup upon completion.

Since 2008, ACRL has supported 54 Emerging Leaders and helped defray the cost of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

The complete list of the selected participants and sponsoring organizations can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage. The ALA Emerging Leaders program is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.