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Librarian at Robeson Library selected for ALA's 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders

November 14, 2013
Zara Wilkinson

Zara Wilkinson

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Zara Wilkinson, a reference and instruction librarian at the Paul Robeson Library in Rutgers Camden, who was selected to participate in the American Library Association (ALA) 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders.

Zara serves as liaison to the departments of English Literature, Art and Art History, and Philosophy and Religion at Rutgers-Camden. She also provides general reference services and participates in information literacy instruction for first-year students. She joined the Paul Robeson Library in August 2012.

ALA selected 56 nationwide to participate in this prestigious program. The Class of Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers 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.

The program kicks off with a day-long session during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January.  Following the kickoff session, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating with a poster session with the 2014 Emerging Leaders showcasing the results of their project planning work at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas in July. Participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, round table or affiliate committee or workgroup upon completion of program.

Co-Chair of the ALA's Emerging Leaders subcommittee, Audra Caplan, said, “I am very pleased to welcome the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders.  The success of past participants of the program attest to the value of the program.  Many past participants are now in leadership positions in ALA and its Divisions and Roundtables.  In addition many of the projects completed by past groups have been implemented successfully by the sponsoring organizations. I am gratified to know that the Emerging Leader program is stronger than ever."

To read more about this program and to see a list of participants please go to