The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Frans Albarillo, a 2009 LIS graduate, as one of the 2013 Emerging Leaders. Read about it in the March/April edition of American Libraries. Albarillo was one of 50 young librarian leaders selected from 180 candidates. The Emerging Leaders program identifies promising librarians that have less than five years of professional experience and provides them with opportunities to work with various ALA offices, divisions, committees, and roundtables.
Albarillo is currently working on a survey project for the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, which is an ethnic affiliate of ALA. He said, “The data our group collects will help inform the planning for APALA’s 35th anniversary. We also hope that a survey of APALA membership will inform the leadership about future directions relating to how librarians can better serve API communities.”
“I feel lucky to be chosen for the Emerging Leaders program. I’ve already met some great people in my Emerging Leader team. The program has given me a lot to reflect on, including learning about the different ways and contexts for the work in a large organization like ALA. The program has really changed the way I think about ALA.”
Albarillo is an academic librarian and bibliographer for business and sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York where his duties include collection development, service to the profession, library instruction, research, and publication. He is excited about recently receiving a small grant to conduct a study on foreign-born students.