For immediate release | June 2, 2016

Accepting Applications for 2017 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which 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. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly all of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

ALA Annual Conference (in Orlando) attendees are welcomed and encouraged to come meet the 2016 class of ELs at the poster session on Friday, June 24, 2016, 3 – 4 p.m. It will be held in the Orange County Convention Center, room S320 A-C.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders Web page or contact the EL project manager at

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

Related Links

2017 Emerging Leaders Application

The Emerging Leaders Web page

ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)


Beatrice Calvin

Manager, Professional Development

American Library Association