I’m pleased to present the report of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Group D, who worked on behalf of the Instruction Section to envision the next five years of our transition to a virtual-only Section. As the Building Virtual Community Task Force continues into its second year, the report of the Emerging Leaders group will help us to take some immediate actions and shape future recommendations from the Task Force, particularly around the engagement of new professionals like these Emerging Leaders.
We asked the Emerging Leaders to consider:
- How do we continue to grow IS and be present as an opportunity for professional engagement outside of the ALA Conference for all members?
- How do we continue to respond to the needs of new professionals by leveraging existing channels for inclusion and mentoring while building new pathways for sharing expertise and knowledge across this professional community of instruction librarians?
- Where do we need to re-deploy committee and task force energy to sustain and grow the Section’s new format for engagement?
Their report is an impressive response to these questions and the Executive Committee looks forward to taking action on many of the ideas included. Thank you also to the members of the Section who took the time to participate in interviews that informed these recommendations.
Join me in congratulating these Emerging Leaders, pictured left to right below as they presented their work at the EL poster session at ALA Annual in New Orleans:
- Brittany Fiedler, Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
- Jenny Yap, Librarian, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA
- Ashlyn Velte, Archivist, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID
- Michelle McCarthy-Behler, Reference Services Librarian for Special Collections Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
Chair, ACRL Instruction Section