For immediate release | November 12, 2013

YALSA announces Dolly Goyal as its 2014 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dolly Goyal as its 2014 Emerging Leader. Goyal will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in 2014. YALSA’s participation in the Emerging Leaders program is through the Friends of YALSA (FOY), which since 2005 has funded more than $100,000 in member awards, grants, stipends and scholarships.

Goyal is a teen services librarian at the San Mateo County Library – Belmont Library in California. In addition to her YALSA/ALA members, Goyal is a member of the California Library Association, REFORMA and the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians.

“Through my experiences in librarianship I have learned about the importance of getting involved to make a difference in the profession,” Goyal said. “I strongly believe that libraries should share ideas and resources with one another along with their communities and the Emerging Leaders program would provide a great opportunity to meet other amazing library professionals and future leaders across the country.”

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 56 people to participate in its 2014 class of Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers 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.

The program kicks off with a day-long session during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Following the session, which includes orientation and training, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating with a poster session with the Emerging Leaders showcasing the results of their project planning work at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, round table or affiliate committee or workgroup upon completion of program.

FOY was created in 2005 to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. Learn more at

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)