University Libraries Staff Member Selected as 2022 ALA Emerging Leader: UNM Newsroom

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University Libraries celebrates staff member Nadia Orozco-Sahi for being selected for the 2022 American Library Associate (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program.

Orozco-Sahi is a Library Information Special 3 within Zimmerman Library Access Services. The American Library Association (ALA) selected 49 individuals to participate in its 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) in early November 2021.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by a national organization because it adds a lot of credibility to what I hope to do in the future,” Orozco-Sahi said. “This program gives me a lot of support as I move forward in my career.”

The EL program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning working groups, network with peers, gain insight into the structure of the ALA, and to have the opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their career. The Emerging Leader cohort is made up of people from across the United States and Canada.

“The ability to network with other library professionals has been one of the best parts of the program. It’s nice to have the support of people here at UNM as well as other institutions, and to be able to support them as well. said Orozco-Sahi.

The program lasts one year, with the first six months consisting of collaborative work with other cohort members from various institutions. Orozco-Sahi mentioned that his group is creating an inclusive educational toolkit. This will be a guide that will include tools and resources for higher education librarians working in education and reference to encourage the use of inclusive pedagogy. The group will then showcase this work at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and Expo to be held in Washington, DC in late June.

“We are proud to have Nadia represent our college in the 2022 ALA Emerging Leaders Program,” said Leo Lo, Dean of the College of Academic Libraries and Learning Sciences. “They will gain insight and knowledge from institutions across the country and across Canada. We are excited to see the new ideas Nadia will bring to our colleagues. »

Orozco-Sahi has worked in university libraries since October 2021 and received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

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