Magazine article American Libraries

2015 Emerging Leaders

Magazine article American Libraries

2015 Emerging Leaders

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They're the new faces greeting you at the reference desk, shelving books in the stacks, and experimenting with fresh ideas behind the scenes. These are the library world's rising stars, the generation that will move, shape, and influence the present and future of the Association and the library profession. These are the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders of 2015.

Initiated in 1997 as a one-year program under former ALA President Mary R. Somerville and revived in 2006 under former ALA President Leslie Burger, Emerging Leaders recognizes the best and brightest new leaders in our industry. It's open to librarians under 35 years of age or those new to the library profession of any age with fewer than five years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level. The program allows participants to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership, participate in project planning groups, network, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

At the 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, the 50 new Emerging Leaders were divided into 11 groups to complete a project for an ALA unit. The results will be unveiled at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. American Libraries joined them in Chicago as they met their groups for the first time. We asked them what they think the future holds for MLIS programs.

Team a

HOST American Association of School Librarians

PROJECT TITLE Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs

"I can see future MLIS programs experiencing an influx of candidates as this field blends communication, research, and technology. Future library science students will drive the digital evolution, keeping libraries on the front line."--Christina Cucci

Team B

HOST Asian Pacific American Librarians Association

PROJECT TITLE Website Redesign

"MLIS programs will become more leadership (not just management) focused and technology oriented."--Jennifer Nabzdyk

Team C

HOST Association for Library Collections and Technical Services

PROJECT TITLE Developing a Mentoring Framework

"MLIS programs are going to become much more about dealing with people, customer service, and finding unique ways to make the library space serve individuals as well as communities."--Ivy Weir

Team D

HOST Association for Library Service to Children

PROJECT TITLE Modeling Value for Youth Library Services

"Things are changing. I earned my MLS online, and I see more programs going that direction. …

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