The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2009 class of Emerging Leaders.Â Applications can be found at http://cs.ala.org/hrdr/emergingleaders/.
The deadline to apply is July 31.
The program is designed to enable more than 100 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.Â Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into ALA structure and activities.
An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or AASL Affiliate will sponsor approximately one-third of the selected applicants.Â Each sponsor will contribute $1000 towards expenses ($500 for each conference).Â To be sponsored, apply directly to your division, chapter or round table on the application.Â A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. You can also check with your state association and/or state chapter to find out how to apply for their sponsorship.
Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program.Â In order to be eligible for participation in the program, those selected must meet the following criteria:
- Be under 35 years of age or be a new librarian of any age with fewer thanÂ five years post-MLS experience, and
- Have a recent MLS degree from an ALA or NCATE accredited program or be in an MLS program currently, and
- Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between each, and
- Be prepared to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program, and
- Be an ALA member or join upon selection if not already a member.