U-Idaho Librarian Selected as ALA Emerging Leader

Monday, January 7 2013

For the third consecutive year, a University of Idaho librarian has received national recognition with acceptance into the American Library Association’s prestigious Emerging Leaders program. Kathleen Monks, U-Idaho library reference and instruction librarian, has been selected as one of 55 participants in the class of 2013 Emerging Leaders. Kristin Henrich was selected in 2012 and Ben Hunter in 2011.

Now in its seventh year, the Emerging Leaders program awards grants to newer library professionals to attend ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in January and Annual Conference in June, where they participate in problem-solving work groups with their peers and serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders attend a daylong session during the Midwinter Meeting and take part in an online learning and networking environment during the next six months, culminating with a poster session presentation at the Annual Conference.

“Admittance to the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders provides a catalyst for developing skills to excel in my profession and better serve the university and the Idaho community," said Monks. "The program also provides an opportunity to build a national reputation through the American Library Association. I am very grateful for the support of my colleagues, dean Lynn Baird, the Idaho Library Association and the University of Idaho.”

The American Library Association promotes libraries and library education internationally. It is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 62,000 members.