Olivia Morales selected as the ASCLA 2008 Emerging Leader

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For Immediate Release

November 9, 2007

Olivia Morales selected ASCLA 2008 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Olivia Morales, librarian at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, has been selected by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), as its 2008 Emerging Leader.

The Emerging Leaders program began in 2007 as one of ALA President Leslie Burger’s six initiatives. ALA has committed to making this program available annually. The Emerging Leaders program enables new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.

“In ASCLA, we believe in preparing members for positions of leadership,” said Barbara Mates, president of ASCLA.
“In reviewing her application, ASCLA executive board members were pleased to see Ms. Morales’ strong and demonstrated interest in assisting older adults, as there is a growing need for specialists in this area.
As an ASCLA Emerging Leader, Olivia will gain valuable skills while working with established and future leaders of the library field.”

As an Emerging Leader, Morales will receive up to $1,000 from ASCLA for travel expenses when she attends the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter and Annual Conferences.
She will work as part of a team on a project with an ALA member mentor and staff liaison.
Her team will present the completed project during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).

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