For immediate release | December 8, 2015

Christina Golm as the 2016 Emerging Leader for ASCLA

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, announced Christina Golm as the 2016 Emerging Leader. Golm is currently the Library Director at the Newaygo Area District Library, in Newaygo, MI.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide service to ALA or one of its units.

As ASCLA’s representative for the 2016 Emerging Leader program, Golm will kick off her tenure at the upcoming 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA. and end it with a presentation and a poster session, at the Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. in June.

Ms. Golm earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree at Wayne State University, MI in 2013.

Although Golm is new to librarianship, she has already made an impact on the library profession. As a former Accessible Libraries For All (ALFA) Fellow at Wayne State University, she won a grant for $5,500 from the Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund to implement a laptop lab for seniors at the Henika District Library. Christina is committed to learning how to better help people who are blind, hearing impaired, or who have physical disabilities to effectively use information technologies.

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


Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)