For immediate release | November 29, 2011

Davis, Mosley named BCALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO -- The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has selected Angiah Davis, reference librarian at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, and Derek Mosley, archivist and assistant director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, BCALA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support their attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

“BCALA is particularly proud to contribute to the future of our profession by assisting newer librarians in honing quality leadership and networking skills,” said Jos N. Holman, 2010-2012 BCALA president. “The planned development of the next generation of librarians is pivotal to the next level of digital services and resources on an equal access basis for library users.”

Davis received a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University in 2008. As reference librarian at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, Davis contributes to the library’s information literacy program. Davis served as a library assistant at the Mechanicsville Branch Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a minor in English from the State University of West Georgia.

Mosley graduated from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2011. While at Simmons he interned at Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives and at the Harvard University Arnold Arboretum. As a newly practicing librarian, Mosley participated as a panelist in representing BCALA at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. He was a 2009 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Mosley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in African-American Studies from Morehouse College.

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

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African-American community and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African-American librarians. For more information about BCALA, visit


Miguel Figueroa