American Libraries, a magazine of the American Library Association (ALA), has named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnus, Tyler Dzuba (MSLS '11) as one of its 2013 Emerging Leaders (ELs).
Dzuba is one of only 55 new library professionals to be given this honor. As such, he will be given the opportunity to participate in the EL program, which takes place between the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January and the ALA Annual Conference in July.
“At each conference, ELs receive leadership training, and between the two conferences, ELs work on visionary projects for different groups in ALA,” said Dzuba. “For example, my team of four ELs is collaborating with the Library Leadership and Management Association (a division of ALA) on developing strategies for marketing itself to LIS graduate students and recent grads. These projects culminate into a poster session at the Annual Conference.”
In order to be chosen for the program, applicants had to have been working for fewer than five years at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library. Potential candidates were also required to submit letters of reference and answer questions about their own leadership experience and thoughts on leadership and diversity.
Dzuba’s leadership experiences included serving as president of the Information and Library Science Student Association (ILSSA) during his time at SILS, and also serving in his present job as head of the Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library at the University of Rochester. Dzuba’s other responsibilities at the University of Rochester have included co-managing the libraries’ chat reference service, helping with a project to educate subject librarians on manuscript processing in Special Collections, and working closely with other science librarians and staff at the University’s Carlson Science & Engineering Library.
Dzuba credits his time at SILS as part of the reason for his selection as an EL, as well as for his career successes so far.
“My experiences at SILS were really the cornerstone of my application,” said Dzuba. “What makes SILS special is the academic emphasis it embeds in a professional degree. I really believe SILS does well at infusing students with the skills and philosophical outlook to not only get a first job, but also advance to a third or fourth job up the ladder. It did for me.”