TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Three alumni of the College of Communication and Information Sciences’ School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) have been named as 2019 Emerging Leaders of the American Library Association (ALA). Hannah Bowser (2017), a virtual services librarian in Wilmington, NC, Jina DuVernay (2017), a visiting archivist for African-American collections at Emory University, and Sabrina Dyck (2013), who currently works at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala., joined 46 other library and information professionals as participants of the class.
“This year’s class joins a distinguished group of alumni, many of whom continue to make significant contributions to ALA,” said Audrey Barbakoff and Pauline Stacchini, co-chairs of the Emerging Leaders program.
According to ALA, the Emerging Leaders program participates in an online and networking environment, culminating in a poster session at the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., from June 20-25.
“To have three SLIS alumni chosen among a national class of 50 is a huge accomplishment and speaks to the success of the Master’s of Library and Information Studies Program,” said Jim Elmborg, Ph.D., director of SLIS.
SLIS is a top-ranked program for library, information and book arts education. SLIS aims to develop creative and critical thinkers and leaders for the information world through a supportive teaching and learning environment, collaborative research and community engagement.