Magazine article American Libraries

Something Old, Something New

Magazine article American Libraries

Something Old, Something New

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Seven years ago, then--ALA President Leslie Burger helped launch the Emerging Leaders program with 117 participants and 23 projects. This year's 55 Emerging Leaders met at Midwinter in Seattle, and will present their projects at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Open to librarians and support staff who are new to the profession, the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders gathered to network and begin assigned group projects while learning more about ALA. A selection committee considers geography, gender, ethnicity, and type of library in choosing a diverse group.

We thought you might want to know a little more about the talented library workers selected this year, as you probably will be hearing from them in the near future if past classes are any indication. The 2007 class, for example, includes current ALA Executive Board member Alexia Hudson-Ward and American Libraries E-Content blogger Christopher Harris. Luminaries shine in every class.

We've created a set of trading cards of the 2013 Emerging Leaders, beginning on page 23. You can get a real deck of those cards at the Gale Cengage booth at Annual. While there, why not look for each Emerging Leader and have them sign your cards? Who knows what they'll be worth in the future!

Also in this issue is a story on page 54 about an interesting addition to the special collections at Western Kentucky University: a suitcase full of the ephemera of John T. Scopes, defendant in the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925, concerning the teaching of evolution in public schools. …

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