Contact: Beatrice Calvin

Program Officer, HRDR

(312) 280-2180


For Immediate Release

May 27, 2008

Emerging Leaders poster session Friday during ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2008 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) will showcase its final projects during a poster session on Friday, June 27 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim, California Pavillion C. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The poster session will be the culminating event for this class of Emerging Leaders. Since the ALA Midwinter Meeting the groups have been working virtually on projects related to ALA or a professional concern. They have been supported by an ALA staff person and a member mentor from the profession. The poster session will allow each group to showcase its creative and innovative solutions for their projects.

Participants in the EL ’08 class come from all across the United States and represent a variety of types of libraries. An ALA division, round table, chapter or an ALA affiliate organization sponsored approximately one-third of the participating ELs. For a list of participants, projects and sponsors, visit the Emerging Leaders wiki at

The Emerging Leaders program began as one of ALA Past-President Leslie Burger’s initiatives. ALA has committed to making this program available annually for young and/or new librarians.

Applications for the 2009 class of Emerging Leaders are now being accepted at

For more information contact Beatrice Calvin at or visit the wiki.