ACRL to sponsor participant in ALA Emerging Leaders Program

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL, Associate Director

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2006

ACRL to sponsor participant in ALA Emerging Leaders Program

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the America Library Association (ALA), has announced its support of the Emerging Leaders 2007 initiative.
ALA President Leslie Burger's new program will "enable 100 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership."

Emerging Leaders 2007 will select and train 100 new librarians beginning with a daylong session at the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Afterward, it will continue online for six months, culminating at the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. For more information on the ALA Emerging Leaders Program, please visit

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will provide a travel stipend for one member to participate in the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program. The stipend provides $500 for travel to each conference where training will be provided. ACRL will select one participant to sponsor through a competitive application process.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Membership in ALA and ACRL

  • Age (under 35) or new librarians of any age with fewer than 5 years post-MLS experience

  • Willingness to meet all other obligations for the program, as outlined by ALA President Leslie Burger at

Interested ACRL members may apply by submitting an Emerging Leaders application (at to David Connolly ( by September 15, 2006:

All applications must be submitted electronically with the subject line, "ACRL Emerging Leader." The individual selected by the ACRL president will be notified by October 13, 2006.

For more information on this and other continuing education programs sponsored by ACRL, contact the ACRL office at 800-545-2433, ext. 2523, or visit the ACRL web site at

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.
Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.