Emerging Leaders 2018

Meet the new class

May 1, 2018

They’re the new faces greeting patrons and students 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 (ALA) Emerging Leaders of 2018.

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 profession. It’s open to librarians of any age who are new to the library profession and who have 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, participate in project-planning groups, network, gain an inside look into the Association’s structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

At the 2018 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, the new Emerging Leaders were divided into groups to complete projects for ALA units and affiliates. The results will be unveiled at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. We joined them in Denver and asked them what the future holds for the library profession.