Applications for the 2011 ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program are now open. APPLY! If you haven’t heard about this program, here is what it’s all about.
The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.
The participants are selected on diversity based on geography, gender, ethnicity and type of library. Particular attention is given to candidates’ personal statements as well as those of their references. No more than one person from any institution can be selected for participation in the program.
Also, In order to be eligible for participation in the program, those selected must meet the following criteria:
- Be under 35 years of age or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than 5 years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library and
- Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between the two conferences and
- Be prepared to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup, or your state or local library organization upon completion of program, and
- Be an ALA member or join upon selection if not already a member.
Deadline for submission of online application and all references is July 30. All reference letters should be submitted online by the same deadline.
I wish everyone who applies for this great program the best of luck!
2009 Emerging Leaders Information
2009 Poster Session Photos
Chicago EL times and places: Friday 8:30-5:00, and Salon Saturday 1:30-3:00: both at McCormick Place West W185
2009 Emerging Leaders Program
Salon Notes January 2009
Salon Notes July 2009
Poster Session Information
2008 Emerging Leaders information
2007 Emerging Leaders Information