The LITA Board is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Michelle Boule to the ALA Emerging Leaders Program. LITA had a number of excellent applicants. LITA has a very bright future with such bright, rising stars.
ALA has selected 100 participants for the 2007 program. Each participant will attend leadership workshops at both ALA conferences in 2007. In addition, they will participate in an online working group between the conferences as they continue to grow as leaders.
Each participant is expected to provide 2 years of service to ALA or one of its units. The LITA Board wishes to ensure that our Emerging Leader has a meaningful leadership experience within LITA. Michelle will work closely with the LITA President and President-elect, working most closely with the President-elect for continuity, on aspects of the LITA strategic plan implementation.
Michelle Boule is indeed a LITA emerging leader. She was instrumental in starting the LITA Blog and the LITA Wiki. She currently co-chairs the BIGWIG Interest Group which focuses on Web services applications. Michelle actively participated in the ALA Library 2.0 Bootcamp. The LITA Board values Michelleâ€™s expertise and enthusiasm and willingness to take action. Michelle has stated that she has decided to attach her star to LITA and her enthusiasm is contagious to other librarians. Michelle is a Reference Librarian at the University of Houston where she has been a member of the Strategic Directions Steering Committee and initiated staff technology training. She also participated as a program planner for two unique online learning communities–HigherEd Blog Con 2006 and â€œFive Weeks to a Social Libraryâ€ online learning community for librarians. She is a wonderful example of what an emerging leader for ALA and LITA should be.