I joined ALA specifically with the hope of being chosen for the Emerging Leaders program. The constant budget cut battle was getting me down. I was stressed at work–We were/are under-budgeted, under-staffed, and spread really thin. I didn’t feel like a real librarian, but more like a babysitter for adult patrons. I wanted a challenge. I wanted something to kick my ass and get me excited about librarianship again.
When I got chosen as a 2012 Emerging Leader, I was so damn excited. Of course, I didn’t know how much work was ahead of me nor how frustrated and exhausted I was about to become (I don’t blame my exhaustion completely on Emerging Leaders: I was also doing the Grand Ol’NYC Library Budget Dance and transitioning to a new library). Despite all this though, I was so glad I participated. I was blessed with an amazing Emerging Leaders group, two fantastic mentors, a project that I’m proud of and truly believe in, and a boat-full of inspiration and motivation to work harder.
Saying goodbye to our team was difficult. I won’t pretend that everything was smooth-sailing, but we got along *amazingly* well a majority of the time. There were very few snags or scuffles. I was sad to end the project. Over the several months of collaborating with this group of academic and public librarians, I got awfully used to checking in with these smart and inspiring people. It’s weird not hearing from them every week.
So, Emerging Leaders Group G: Librarians Build Communities? You’re the best. You did incredible work and I look forward to hearing about all the amazing accomplishments I know you’ll achieve.
Here are a couple of pictures from our poster session:
Many thanks and much adoration to Jeffrey, Eboni, Erin, Coral, and our mentors Easter and Gina.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid