2019 Emerging Leaders

Meet the new class

May 1, 2019

Librarianship is ever changing, and some of the people leading that change are newer members of the profession. They’re the fresh faces greeting patrons at reference desks, helping students with research, and experimenting with new ideas behind the scenes. These are the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders (see slideshow).

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 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 at the Association, participate in planning groups, network, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and serve in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

At the 2019 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle, the new Emerging Leaders were divided into 11 groups to complete projects for their host ALA units and affiliates. The results will be unveiled at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. We joined them in Seattle to ask what the future holds for the profession in this annual feature, sponsored by OCLC.


Emerging Leaders 2018

Meet the new class

Emerging Leaders 2017

Meet the new class