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For those of you who are interested in getting involved in ALA, here is a golden 
opportunity. See the message below (and don't reply to me, please -- see contact 
information within).
2008 Emerging Leaders Program Information

When and Where:  
Friday, January 11, 2008  in Philadelphia   8:30-5:00  and
Friday, June 27, 2008 in Anaheim  8:30-5:00 with
Virtual workgroups between the two sessions.
Two workshop days with Maureen Sullivan and Connie Paul, participating in projects, 
networking with 119 of your peers, getting an inside look into ALA structure, and 
having an opportunity to serve your profession.  Regular conference fees apply. 
There is no additional cost to attend the Friday programs.  

To enable 120 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional 

Up to 120 participants (60 sponsored and 60 open)
1) ALA member, and 
2) Young (under 35 years) or new librarians of any age with fewer than 5 years 
post-MLS experience, and 
3) Recent MLS degree from an ALA or NCATE accredited program or in an MLS program 
currently, and
4) Able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between, and
5) Ready to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, 
taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program.

Application will be available online July 1, 2007 at:  
Deadline for submission:  August 15, 2007.

1) 60 open application candidates will be chosen.  Every effort will be made to get 
representation by type of library, geography, and diversity.
2) 60 sponsored candidates will be chosen by the following formula:
Divisions and Round tables:  26; Ethnic affiliates 10; Chapters and AASL 
Affiliates: 24.

To be sponsored, apply directly to your division, chapter, or round table.
Each sponsor will contribute $1000 for expenses ($500 each conference) and will 
choose whether to participate and how much support to offer.  A full list of 
sponsoring units will be included as part of the online application. 

Program information will be available and updated at:  For additional questions regarding the program, 
contact: Lorelle Swader at:

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