2023 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Leading with Your Hands and Your Heart: A Conversation about Leading from Wherever You Are

Join ALSC for the 2023 Charlemae Hill Rollins President's Program, all about leadership! This program will conclude the Presidency of Amy Koester, who has had a targeted focus on leadership and leader development while leading ALSC. This panel discussion will focus on supporting library workers - no matter their role or the time in their career - in seeing themselves as leaders and encouraging leadership in others. This program will explore ways to identify and activate leadership skills and areas of potential at all levels of library work, as well as how academia, publishing, and #kidlit all overlap. It will also include space for connection, networking and reflection.

Thank you to Harper Collins Children's Books and Texas Woman's University for their support of the 2023 Charlemae Hill Rollins President's Program panelists!


Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng is Professor and Director of Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies. She teaches foundations of information, organization of knowledge, marketing and advocacy, and community engagement. Dr. Jeng has numerous scholarly publications and presentations and is a recipient of four federally funded grant projects to the total of more than two million dollars. She served on the governing Council of the American Library Association for nine years and was the President of the Texas Library Association, 2017-2018. Dr. Jeng is a frequetn speaker on topics including library advocacy, diversity, leadership development, and community-based librarianship. She is an active community volunteer with the United Way of Denton County.


Ellen Oh is an award-winning author of the middle grad novels Finding Junie Kim, Dragon Egg Princess, The Spirit Hunters trilogy, and the YA fantasy trilogy The Prophecy Series: Prophecy, Warrior and King. She is the editor and contributor of You Are Here: Connecting Flights, a collection of interwoven stories, and editor of the middle grade anthology You are Here as well as Flying Lessons and Other Stories, and the YA anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. She is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children's literature. Ellen lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband, three human children, and two dog children.


Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the NYTimes bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent title is The One Thing You'd Save, a collection of linked poems. Linda Sue is the founder and curator of Allida Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. She serves on the advisory boards of We Need Diverse Books and the Rabbit hOle museum project, and she created the kiBooka website (www.kibooka.com) to highlight children's books created by the Korean diaspora. Visit her website (www.lindasuepark.com) and follow her on Twitter (@LindaSuePark).

The 2023 ALSC Charlemae Hill Rollins President's Program is organized by Paula Holmes and Amy Seto Forrester on behalf of ALSC 2022-2023 Board President Amy Koester; the annual program is supported by the Charlemae Hill Rollins Endowment Fund. Learn more about Charlemae Hill Rollins and her commitment to children's librarianship.