Emerging Leaders

Class of 2016

March 1, 2016

Emerging Leaders Class of 2016

They’re the new faces greeting you at the reference desk, recommending 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 2016.

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 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston, the 50 new Emerging Leaders were divided into groups to complete a project for an ALA unit. The results will be unveiled at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We joined them in Boston and asked their thoughts on the future of the library profession.