SILS alumni account for 10% of 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders

Release date: 

December 19, 2017

Five of the 50 library and information professionals selected for the American Library Association (ALA) 2018 class of Emerging Leaders are graduates of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS).

The Emerging Leaders program enables participants to contribute to problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

“SILS has a long-standing reputation for preparing its graduates not only to succeed, but also to lead,” said Dean Gary Marchionini. “We’ve been well-represented by our alumni in the Emerging Leaders program in the past, and we’re thrilled to have such a significant number selected for the 2018 cohort.”

Below is a list of the SILS alumni chosen for the program, with their class years, current titles, and sponsoring organizations:

Stephen Krueger (MSLS ’17), Access and Outreach Services Librarian at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Garrison Libby (MSLS ’13), Reference Librarian at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, Va., sponsored by the Virginia Library Association.

Julie Stivers (MSLS ’15), Librarian at Mount Vernon School in Wake County, N.C., sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians

Ashlyn Elizabeth Velte (MSLS ’16), Archivist at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, sponsored by the Idaho Library Association.

Mea Warren (MSLS ’15), Natural Science and Mathematics Librarian at the University of Houston, sponsored by the ACRL Science and Technology Section.

The complete list of the selected participants (PDF) and sponsoring organizations, along with additional program details can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage