Carrie McClain Named a 2024 Core Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/18/2023


Amber Robbin

Membership and Marketing Manager

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures

American Library Association

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Carrie McClain has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). McClain serves as the Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Tulsa City-County Library, where she works cross-departmentally to envision and implement their equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a member of their executive leadership team and enjoys running staff workshops. She possesses a Masters in Human Relations, has worked in ED&I roles since 2016, and joined the library field in 2022.

McClain says, “As a newcomer to library spaces, I’ve wanted to become more immersed in my learning journey. I am hoping that this experience will fill in the gap of what I feel I’ve needed to become more knowledgeable about the profession. I believe that this experience can positively increase my impact in the work that I do day-to-day.”

One of 50 library workers chosen from across the U.S. and Canada, McClain will participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into the ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Following a virtual, day-long kickoff session during the ALA LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LibLearnX), the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating in a presentation of the groups' work at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA this June. Core is sponsoring three Emerging Leaders for 2024. Learn more about the ALA Emerging Leaders Program.

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