Librarian for Research and Electronic Resources Daniel Ransom is one of 56 individuals selected to participate in the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program for 2014.
“To me, selection represents an opportunity to showcase the energy and positive spirit we endeavor to capture at Holy Names University,” Ransom said. “I’m very grateful for the students, faculty, and staff I’ve been able to work with here at HNU as I develop my voice in the library profession.”
The Emerging Leaders program provides opportunities for newer library staff and information workers from across the nation to participate in project planning workgroups,
network with peers, and attain an inside look into ALA structure. The American Library Association is the largest and oldest professional library association in the world; the organization supports the development of information literacy curriculum employed on college campuses nationwide, and addresses other issues critical to the profession.
Ransom traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in January to take part in the program’s kickoff session at the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, where he met other Emerging Leaders program participants as well as current and past presidents of the American Library Association. “I got to be a part of some very exciting conversations about how college libraries can better serve our students in an ever-changing technological society,” he said.
Emerging Leaders program participants will be working as teams in an online learning and networking environment. Each group has been assigned a project based on participants’ professional interests and experience, which will culminate in a poster session at the ALA’s annual conference in June.
As part of a four-person team, Ransom will be collaborating with the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the technical services division of the ALA. The team will research social media strategies to improve the technical association’s engagement with young professionals. The group will also design a website that provides recommendations for the ALCTS in an interactive presentation.
“As new professionals … we’re very excited about working on this project,” Ransom said.