ALSC sponsors two 2008 ALA Emerging Leaders

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper


For Immediate Release

October 9, 2007

ALSC sponsors two 2008 ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce two ALSC-sponsored, 2008 Emerging Leaders: Patricia Tarango of Los Angeles, and Jessica Trujillo of New Brunswick, N.J. The ALA Emerging Leaders Program enables 120 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.

Tarango and Trujillo will attend day-long workshops at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January and the Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June; participate in a problem-solving work group; network with peers; receive an inside look at ALA structure; and participate in special projects. Along with these activities, Emerging Leaders also commit to serving on an ALA Division, Chapter or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of the program.

“I am delighted that two such admirable young librarians have been selected to represent ALSC as Emerging Leaders for 2008,” said Jane Marino, ALSC president and director of the Bronxville (N.Y.) Public Library. “Their records are already commendable, and I am confident that they will continue to grow professionally and make significant contributions in their careers, both to the profession and to ALSC and ALA."

Tarango has a BA in English and Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara and will receive her MLIS from the University of California Los Angeles in 2008. As a librarian intern this past summer at Temple City (Calif.) Library, Tarango assisted children’s and young adult librarians with reference work and the summer reading program, including story times, art activities and special events. She has volunteered with Reach Out and Read Aloud, at Festival Books at UCLA, assisting at the California Center for the Book and the County of Los Angeles Public Library booths and with the Comic-Con International convention.

Trujillo has an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a BA in English from the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently works at the New Brunswick (N.J.) Free Public Library as a young adult librarian, providing collection development and outreach. Previously, she was a reference assistant at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University. In 2004-2005, she was a founding member of the first student chapter of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians at Rutgers. Trujillo serves on the 2008 New Jersey Library Association Summer Reading Committee.

The Association for Library Service to Children is a network of more than 4,200 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families and others who work with children.