MSI graduate is selected an ALA Emerging Leader

University of Michigan School of Information graduate Kathy Kosinski is one of 50 people selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2018 class of Emerging Leaders.

This leadership development program is designed to enable newer library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

Kosinski received her master of science in information degree from UMSI in 2016 and earned bachelor’s degrees in English language and literature and Spanish language and literature at Michigan in 2012. She also holds a certificate from the University of Denver Publishing Institute. She is currently employed as the Statewide Library Services Analyst at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, where she manages, reviews and analyzes statistics of statewide library programs and services. Her participation is sponsored by the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

When asked about her philosophy of effective leadership, Kathy stated, "I am a strong proponent of leading through opportunities. My mentors in my professional career are all incredibly open to others. When confronted with a library student, they respond with substantial, professional-level projects where the student can learn by doing rather than listening. I believe this approach fosters inclusion and better development of our profession as a whole. In graduate school, I tried to employ the same methods as an executive board member for the ALA student chapter. Rather than an autocratic approach, I would look for ways to involve as many of my classmates as possible regardless of their 'leadership' status. Tailoring their role, allowed for my classmates to either be comfortable leading in their own way, or to stretch themselves to practice a new skill."

The Emerging Leaders program opens with a day-long session during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver.  Following the kickoff session, which includes orientation and training, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months.  The program culminates with a poster session where the 2018 Emerging Leaders will showcase the results of their project planning work during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Emerging Leader participants commit to taking part in all aspects of the program and may have an opportunity to serve on an ALA division, chapter, round table, or affiliate committee or workgroup upon completion.

The complete list of the selected participants (PDF) and sponsoring organizations, along with additional program details can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage.

Posted December 6, 2017