About the ELA
The Emerging Leaders Academy for PA School Librarians 2015-2016
“Leading from the Middle”
The Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is a prototype collaboration between the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program. ELA2, 2015-2016, is funded through a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act by Commonwealth Libraries of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This second ELA will deliver focused professional development to ensure exemplary school librarian leaders for every region of Pennsylvania. ELA will mentor and coach 22 school librarians early in their careers who demonstrate leadership potential to serve as educational leaders in their schools and professional associations. These 22 librarians are the Emerging Leaders (EL). They were selected from a robust pool of applicants through a rubric-based selection process in which applicants were not identified by name or position.
Here is an example of an environmental scan used to develop a three-year advocacy plan. Special thanks to Rae Ann Mascosko, librarian at Washington Elementary, Mt. Lebanon SD. This was completed as an assignment for LSC 5531 School Library Advocacy and Leadership, part of the Mansfield University's School Library & Info Technologies graduate program.
Emerging Leader Michelle Wetzel Featured in Video
"Radnor's 21st Century Library" produced by Radnor High School student Grant Plotkin for Radnor HIgh TV, features 2016 Emerging Leader and high school librarian Michelle Wetzel.
Emerging Leader Ruth Neeley Featured
From the May PSLA e-newsletter:
A Week in the Life of a 21st Century Librarian
"Librarians specialize in research, resources and helping students reach academic goals. Librarian Ruthie Neely explains a week in the life of a librarian is never the same and projects range from discussing literacy criticism to participating in a Battle of the Books, an event where students compete from across regional school districts in trivia styled competition. In a wide range of academia, a week in the life of a librarian also consists of guiding students down a career path, creating book displays and also helping teachers find resources to better assist students. Ruthie finds ways to modernize the library by using online databases to create digital publications,
Skype to connect writing groups, and more!