ALSC selects Hyunjin Han as 2022 Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Fri, 12/10/2021


Elizabeth Serrano

Membership and Marketing Specialist


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Hyunjin Han of the Mandel Public Library, in West Palm Beach, FL as its representative in the 2022 Emerging Leader program. 

Hyunjin Han is a Children’s Librarian at the Mandel Public Library where she supports the collection of materials and program development and implementation for youth. In 2016, she graduated with her Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Emporia University and has been the recipient of numerous grants, including a 2020 Dollar General Summer Reading Grant and a 2019 Google Library Ready to Code Minigrant. Additionally, she recently served on ALSC’s 2021 Newbery Committee.

“I believe the role of the library in the fields of equity, diversity, and inclusion is in being a clear reflection of the community we serve, and in being a bridge among diverse communities through our collection and programs,” said Han. “I hope to gain more confidence as a part of future leadership in library organizations and develop more effective leadership skills through the Emerging Leaders program.” 

“We are so excited to welcome Hyunjin as our 2022 ALSC sponsored Emerging Leader,” said ALSC President, Lucia Gonzalez. “She comes into this role already with such a wealth of library experience and ALSC experience. We look forward to seeing how her journey through the Emerging Leaders program shapes her work within the profession and our organization." 

As ALSC’s representative for the 2022 Emerging Leader program, Han will attend the 2022 Virtual LibLearnX, as well as the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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 up to $1,000 each to participate in the LibLearnX and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is driven by more than 4,000 members dedicated to the support and enrichment of library service to children. Our members include youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty. ALSC supports its members in engaging communities to build healthy, successful, futures for all children. To learn more about ALSC and how to join, please visit our website at