Librarian Selected as Participant in Prestigious Emerging Leaders Program

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Bethany Wilson, Young Adult Librarian at the Oro Valley Public Library, has been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders.

The program offers talented library workers the opportunity to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

“This year’s class joins a distinguished group of alumni,” say Maureen Sullivan and Audrey Barbakoff, co-chairs of the program. “Many have made significant contributions to the American Library Association in the past ten years we’ve offered the program. We look forward to working with this next group of early career professionals.”

The 2017 program kicks off at the Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta (January 2017), continues in an online learning and networking environment, and culminates at the Annual Conference in Chicago (June 2017).

Amber Mathewson, Interim Library Director, says, “Known as rising stars in the library world, ALA Emerging Leaders are often referred to as the generation of library workers who will play a role in shaping the future of the profession. We’re very proud of Bethany and can’t wait to see the great things she’ll accomplish in the years to come.”

Bethany has worked for Pima County Public Library for four years. In addition to her current role at the Oro Valley Public Library, she has served as the Young Adult Services Librarian at the Dusenberry-River Library and managed the Dewhirst-Catalina Library.

“My work at the Library has always been engaging and fulfilling,” says Bethany. “I’ve been encouraged to take risks and try new things. I’m grateful to Pima County Public Library for creating an environment where librarians are supported in exploring new ideas and interacting with the community in non-traditional and innovative ways.”

She’s currently most excited about the work she’s doing with the Teen Advisory Board at the Oro Valley Public Library, working to create a new makerspace boasting programs for teens, designed by teens.

Of her selection as an Emerging Leader participant, Bethany says, “I’m excited to be part of a program working to expand library services in America and around the world. It’s quite an honor.”


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