Magazine article American Libraries

Emerging Leaders Present at Annual

Magazine article American Libraries

Emerging Leaders Present at Annual

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The 2015 ALA Emerging Leaders presented their final projects at a poster session during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. The Emerging Leaders were divided into groups to explore issues related to a sponsoring ALA division, committee, or round table.

Groups used iPads and other forms of media to demonstrate the projects they had worked on since first meeting at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago. New marketing, design, community building, and advocacy initiatives were among the topics that the new librarians tackled.

The team representing the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) analyzed library publisher services and concluded that a need exists for such services beyond academic libraries. They recommended that RUSA initiate a discussion or interest group to investigate their findings further and build an online space for library publishing resources.

The Emerging Leaders credit the program for strengthening their collaborative skills.

"Each of us had different but complementary strengths," Beth Boatright, information services and instruction librarian at the Helmke Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said of her team. …

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