Amanda Click, SILS doctoral student, named 2012 ALA Emerging Leader

February 1, 2012

Amanda ClickAmanda Click, doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), was recently named as one of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders by the American Library Association (ALA).

According to the ALA’s press release, "the Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers from across the country to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers."

Recently, Amanda participated in the daylong orientation session held for the Emerging Leader program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. She and her fellow Emerging Leaders will continue project planning via an online environment. The program will culminate with a poster session at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim this June.

Click is one of 67 individuals selected to participate in the program, which has been running for six years.     

"My Emerging Leaders group is working on a project for the International Relations Round Table, focused on promoting the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovation in International Librarianship," said Click. "Given my background in international librarianship, I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the discussion and planning. Making connections with and learning from the perspectives of the other team members has been an invaluable experience, too." 

Amanda was named an Emerging Leader in part because of her work as a fellow of the “Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century” (ELIME-21) program, a joint initiative of SILS and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, which “addresses the urgent need for preparing future U.S. library educators with a greater familiarity with the Middle East and North Africa and, at the same time, it will assist in the training of librarians in a region of the world of critical importance to the United States. Her co-advisors, Drs. Barbara Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor, and Javed Mostafa, professor, are directors of the ELIME-21 project. "Amanda has been a wonderful doctoral student at UNC so far," said Mostafa. "Beyond taking care of her academic duties, she has made critical contributions to our emerging educational collaborations in Morocco and Egypt."