CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced Edward McCoy of the Oakland Public Library as its representative in the 2013 Emerging Leader program. McCoy is currently a library assistant at the Oakland Public Library and a candidate for Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.
He says that he first developed his skills working with children during his final undergraduate year as an AmeriCorps member, working as a first-grade Reading Recovery instructor in a low-income elementary school. After working as an attorney for eight years, McCoy returned to library school, where he quickly developed an interest in public library service while working at the Oakland Public Library.
“After participating in branch outreach to local schools and my first summer reading program, I knew public library children’s and youth services was where I was truly meant to be,” he admitted.
McCoy is also active in the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL), including being a 2012-13 Dorothy Helfeld Fellow and co-chair of the Performer’s Showcase. As an ACL member, he reviews children’s literature for the organization’s monthly BayViews publication.
“My involvement with ACL reinforces the importance of staying current with and reviewing children’s literature to my professional development,” he said. “I feel that getting increasingly active in ALA and ALSC is a natural extension of my commitment to children’s services and children’s literature.”
McCoy is also a member of Save Oakland Libraries, a library advocacy organization dedicated to helping ensure Oakland values its libraries. He also completed internships at the San Francisco Public Library and Alameda Free Library. He plans to graduate from San Jose State University in December 2012.
As the 2013 ALSC Emerging Leader, McCoy hopes to deepen and strengthen his relationship with and involvement in ALA and ALSC, as well as to hone his leadership skills early in his career.
“Being involved with ALA allows me to contribute my enthusiasm for and experience with library advocacy to a national organization,” he noted.
“We are proud to welcome Edward as our 2013 ALSC Emerging Leader,” said ALSC President Carolyn Brodie. “We were very impressed by his level of commitment to library advocacy and we are excited to have him represent the division as an early-career ambassador. We believe he will bring an important perspective on the critical issues facing librarianship in the twenty-first century.”
The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.
ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website: www.ala.org/alsc.