CHICAGO — There’s still time to apply to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program. Get program details and apply now. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3, 2012.
The program is designed to enable library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and gain an understanding of the ALA structure and wide range of activities.
Individuals who are considering applying to the program should be under 35 years of age or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than five years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library. They should also be able to attend both the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash. (Jan. 25–29, 2013) and the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (June 27–July 2, 2013). Additional criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders’ Web page.
An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly all of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program.
A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. Applicants can indicate on the application which groups they want to consider them for sponsorship. Applicants may also check with various state associations and/or state chapters to find out if they are participating and how to apply for their sponsorship.
No more than one person from any institution will be selected for participation in the program in any given year.