Emerging Leaders poster session scheduled for Friday during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

Contact:Â Beatrice Calvin

Program Officer, HRDR

(312) 280-4280

bcalvin@ala.org Â


For Immediate Release

June 1, 2009

The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2009 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) will showcase their final projects at a poster session on Friday, July 10 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The event will take place at McCormick Place West – Rm W185 from 3-5 p.m. 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. These groups have been supported by ALA staff and member mentors from the profession. The poster session will allow each group to showcase its creative and innovative solutions for their projects.

Participants in the EL ’09 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 Emerging Leaders. 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 six initiatives. ALA has committed to making this program available annually for young and/or new librarians. Applications for the 2010 class of Emerging Leaders are now available at:

For more information contact Beatrice Calvin at
bcalvin@ala.org or visit the wiki listed above.