Burger announces Emerging Leader participants

Contact: Larra Clark

ALA Media Relations
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2006

Burger announces Emerging Leader participants

(CHICAGO) American Library Association President Leslie Burger today announced the librarians who will take part in the Emerging Leaders 2007 (EL ’07) program. The effort was initiated by Burger and is intended to welcome and train new librarians to get a jump-start in leadership.

“I am really pleased at the quantity and quality of applicants we saw in this process,” Burger said. “We received applications from more than 350 librarians working in all types of libraries. I’m also very excited that about half of all participants were sponsored by ALA divisions, state chapters, round tables and affiliates. I really want to thank all of them for their support of the program.”

EL ’07 kicks off with a daylong session during the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Afterward, it will grow and develop online for six months, culminating at the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. Applicants will be committed to participating in all three elements, as well as serving on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program.

Participants will receive two days of training with Maureen Sullivan, organization consultant, and Connie Paul, executive director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative; participation in a problem-solving workgroup; networking with 100 peers; an inside look into ALA structure and an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

A complete list of participants and sponsoring organizations is available online at: http://lb.princetonlibrary.org/emerging_leaders.html.