By: J.D. Ross
School of Information Studies (iSchool) graduate student Megan Threats has been selected to participate in this year’s class of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program.
The ALA offering is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into the structure of ALA, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It allows participants to be on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as serve in other professional library-related organizations.
“I was so thrilled when I learned that I was selected to be part of the 2013 class of ALA Emerging Leaders,” said Threats, a Class of 2013 graduate student in the Library Science program. “I look forward to participating in one of the project planning workgroups, and I hope to gain a new network of peers and mentors that will help guide me through my career as an information professional, and potentially as a future leader within the Association.”
The leadership program began with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle at the end of January. After Midwinter, the program continues to develop in an online learning and networking environment for six months. The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.
The program is limited to fifty participants each year.