For immediate release | January 3, 2012

ASCLA selects Babcock-Ellis as 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Aimee Babcock-Ellis, librarian for the Drug Enforcement Administration, will serve as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. The EL experience begins with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, followed by six months of project engagement through online learning and networking environments. The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference. As the ASCLA Emerging Leader, Babcock-Ellis will partner with other emerging leaders on the project of her choosing and will collaborate with ASCLA leadership to tackle various projects and contribute to the division’s work and member activities.

Although she is new to librarianship, Babcock-Ellis has already had a significant impact on the library profession and has been honored as the inaugural recipient of the Federal Armed Forces Librarians Roundtable (FAFLRT) Rising Star Award (2011), and as an ALA Spectrum Scholar (2007). She is the co-founder and co-chair of the NewFeds, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee’s Working Group and has enthusiastically shared her knowledge with colleagues through panel presentations on careers in federal libraries and resume review services for ALA’s New Members Round Table. She is currently organizing a national, in-person and virtual conference on alternative careers for MLS degrees.

Babcock-Ellis will kick off her tenure as the 2012 ASCLA Emerging Leader at the upcoming 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in forming new interest groups, receiving discounted registration rates on ASCLA preconferences and online courses, and other important membership benefits? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at


Elizabeth Markel