For immediate release | November 18, 2014

Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 50 people to participate in its 2015 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). 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.

The program kicks off with a day-long session during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Following the kickoff session which includes orientation and training, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating with a poster session where the 2015 Emerging Leaders will showcase the results of their project planning work at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. Participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, round table, or affiliate committee or workgroup upon completion.

ALA Past-President, program facilitator and subcommittee co-chair, Maureen Sullivan, said, “This very successful program has enabled a number of very talented new professionals to assume leadership positions in ALA at earlier career stage. These individuals have brought fresh ideas, new approaches and significant energy to the association. I welcome this next class and look forward to working with them.”

Nearly 80 percent of this year’s participants have received sponsorships. The sponsors included ALA divisions, round tables, state chapters, ALA affiliate groups and other organizations. Each sponsor commits to financial support of an Emerging Leader in order to help defray costs for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference.

Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders subcommittee Manya Shorr said, “I am very pleased to welcome the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders. I am also grateful for the work of all selection committees involved. Their efforts and dedication to the process ensures a diverse cohort that is vibrant and ready to work to advance our profession.

View the complete list of the selected 2015 Emerging Leader participants (PDF) and sponsoring organizations.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders program, visit the EL web page.

The Emerging Leaders program is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).

Related Links

List of selected 2015 Emerging Leader participants (PDF)

Emerging Leaders web page

ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)


Beatrice Calvin

Program Officer, Placement/Recruitment

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)