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PLA is pleased to sponsor Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega as its representatives for the 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development initiative that enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

Ortega, senior librarian, New York Public Library, said “I'm honored and delighted that PLA has chosen to sponsor me as a 2016 Emerging Leader! I'm very much looking forward to meeting and working with other library professionals who are as excited about building up library services in their communities as I am.”

Hollingsworth and Ortega will each receive $1,000 to attend the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts and the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida where they will participate in Emerging Leader activities. In addition to their participation at the conferences they will also benefit from networking and online learning activities. The program concludes with a poster session presentation to showcase the results of their project planning work.

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders program.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.