“The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in 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.” An Emerging Leader sponsor “provides financial support of at least $1,000 ($500 per conference) for each Emerging Leader chosen as your individual participant. Sponsors can be any unit of ALA, including Divisions, Round Tables, Chapters, Affiliates, or any Individual. Please note that ALA does not provide additional funds.”
MLA sponsors an Emerging Leader each year upon approval of funds by the Executive Board, if there is a worthy applicant. Procedures follow ALA instructions. Because Emerging Leaders are announced in November after the annual MLA Conference, the Emerging Leader for the current year is recognized at the Awards banquet.
Nomination Deadline for MLA Sponsorship Participation: July 1.