YALSA announces Johana Orellana as its 2015 Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/24/2014


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is pleased to announce that Johana Orellana is YALSA’s 2015 Emerging Leader. Orellana will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in 2015.

YALSA’s participation in the Emerging Leaders program is through the Friends of YALSA, which since 2005 has funded more than $100,000 in member awards, grants, stipends and scholarships.

Orellana is a community services librarian at the San Mateo County Library in California. She is an ALA Spectrum Scholar and a Pew Research Library Series Advisory Board Member. In addition to YALSA/ALA, Orellana is also a member ALSC, CLA, and APALA.

“I am very thankful for this exciting opportunity. The Emerging Leaders program is such a great way to meet future leaders and learn about collaborative projects,” said Orellana. “Librarianship is all about fostering growth, research, and community. By contributing to organizations that focus on our profession we are able to give back to the community of librarians, to help others in their development, and further the field of librarianship. I'm happy to be an Emerging Leader, the greatest start to leadership in our profession.”

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 50 individuals to participate in its 2015 class of Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; 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.

Friends of YALSA was created in 2005 to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. Learn more or donate at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/foy.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.