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ALA/MASL Emerging Leaders Program
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Emerging Leaders Program

ALA's Emerging Leaders program is designed to give newer library media specialists the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience through unique opportunities through involvement with the ALA and their state association.  Click here for additional information.

Do you qualify?

The selection committee seeks diversity based on geography, gender, ethnicity and type of library.Particular attention is given to candidates' personal statements as well as those of their references. No more than one person from any institutioncan be selected for participation in the program per year. Preference will be given to those who do not have experience working on ALA committees, task forces, etc.andto those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be under 35 years of age or younger or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than 5 years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library, and
  2. Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between the two conferences, and
  3. Be prepared to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, task force or workgroup, or your state or local library organization upon completion of program, and
  4. Be an ALA member, and if sponsored by an organization, a member of that organization

If you meet the above criteria then ALA and MASL want YOU

to Apply for the Emerging Leader Program!

MASL will provide $1000 ($500 for Midwinter, $500 for annual conference) as required by ALA. Failure to complete the MASL requirements during the 2011-2012 year will result in repayment of the $1000 to MASL.

Upon applying to the Emerging Leader program, ALA will select a Missouri Emerging Leader (EL) participant. The Missouri EL participant must be a school library media specialist and a member of the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) or join upon selection. The Missouri participant will complete the ALA EL program in 2012-2013 and then become a MASL officer or board member for the 2013-2014 term.

The Participant will make periodic reports to MASL during 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 by providing Connections newsletter articles, along with workshop presentations and/or poster sessions.

Applying to the Program

Applications for the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted online. Deadline for submission of the application and all references is August 3, 2012. Once an application has been submitted, people listed as references in the application will receive automated notices with appropriate links to complete statements of reference. All reference letters, letters of support, etc. should be submitted online by the same deadline, August 3, 2012. Note: The program is limited to no more than 75 participants.

The application can be accessed at:

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