PLA sponsors 2019 ALA Emerging Leaders Glidden and Shah

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/09/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a long-time supporter of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders (EL) program, will sponsor the participation of two library professionals in the 2019 EL class. EL 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's structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. 

On Nov. 7, ALA announced the 50 people selected to participate in its 2019 EL class. PLA provided funding to sponsor two participants, Megan Glidden, senior librarian at ImagineIF Libraries (Flathead County, Mont.) and Mimosa Shah, adult program coordinator at Skokie (Ill.) Public Library. The complete list of the selected participants (PDF) and additional program details can be found here.

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

As part of their experience, Emerging Leader teams have also completed projects that advanced PLA’s programs and helped PLA provide better member service. In recent years, EL teams have worked on the following projects on behalf of PLA:

  • PLA Membership Engagement: Review and Idea Generation (2015)
  • PLA Online "Professional Tools" Creation and Future Forecasting (2016)
  • Assessing MLIS Preparation for Emerging Public Library Leaders (2016)
  • Advancing Diversity in Public Libraries (2017)
  • More Than Your MLIS: Experience and continuing education recommendations for public library leaders (2017)

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