American Library Association announces library staff participating in Emerging Leaders 2010 program

Contact: Beatrice Calvin

Program Officer, Placement/Recruitment, EL Program Coordinator


(312) 280-4280


For Immediate Release

October 27, 2009

The 2010 Emerging Leaders (EL) program, which is in its fourth year, kicks off with a daylong session during the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Connie Paul, one of the program’s facilitators said, “It's networking at its best."

It will enable approximately 100 library staff from across the country to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

Participants will receive two days of orientation and education with Maureen Sullivan, an organizational development consultant whose practice focuses on leadership development for the profession, and Connie Paul, executive director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative. "The first three groups have shown what dynamic promise the Emerging Leaders hold for moving ALA into its future. Our fourth program will build on the lessons learned and success achieved by them,” Paul said.

Following the kickoff session, it will grow and develop in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating with a poster session showcasing the results of the project planning work at the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter or Round Table committee or a taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program.

More than one-third of this year’s participants have received sponsorships. The sponsors included ALA divisions, offices, roundtables, state chapters, ALA affiliate groups and other organizations. Each sponsor commits to financial support of an Emerging Leader in order to defray costs for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference.

The complete list of the selected participants and sponsoring organizations is available online at: