For immediate release | December 6, 2011

Rosenbaum named AILA Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - The American Indian Library Association (AILA) has selected Shannon Rosenbaum, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and a Circle of Learning MLIS candidate at San José State University, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, AILA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

“Shannon's background and determination exemplifies the type of leadership that we need in Indian Country to move library and information services forward,” said Sandy Littletree, 2011-2012 AILA president. “We are especially excited that Shannon is a part of the Circle of Learning program at San José State University. We look forward to Shannon's work in the Emerging Leaders program, and we hope that others will be inspired to apply to be next year's AILA Emerging Leader.”

Rosenbaum earned her B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Washington. In Spring 2011 she joined the Circle of Learning program at the School of Library and Information Science, San José State University, an IMLS grant-funded program designed to recruit and support American Indians and Alaska Natives who are interested in earning an MLIS. She was a 2010 undergraduate recipient of a Burke Museum Archaeological Collections Research Fellowship.

The Emerging Leaders program enables librarians and library staff from across the country 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. 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. For the complete list of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders, please visit….

Founded in 1979, the American Indian Library Association is composed of individual and institution members interested in working to improve library services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in every type of library. AILA is committed to disseminating information about these issues to the broader profession and publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter two times per year. For more information about AILA, visit

The Circle of Learning (COL) program is a partnership between the San José State University School of Library and Information Science and the American Indian Library Association, made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about COL, visit