Mohave Community College’s Kingman campus librarian, Erin Roper, has recently been accepted into the American Library Association Emerging Leaders program for 2020.
The program is for librarians who have no more than five years of experience in the field. The
goal for Roper is to work for six months on a project that she can later present at a conference.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with other people and learn about library advocacy on the
national level because there’s a myth that libraries are going extinct or that they are not going to
exist in a couple of years,” she said. “I am confident that libraries will exist but that they will
Roper will attend an ALA midwinter meeting and meet the other participants, work online with a
small group of other participants on an issue facing libraries or librarianship, and then present the
findings at the ALA annual conference.
She will also expand her knowledge of leadership skills and learn what other libraries across the
country are doing, and bring ideas back to Mohave County. She decided to apply for the ALA
Emerging Leaders program because she wanted the voice of rural libraries to be heard on the
In order for Roper to attend the conference she had to go through a competitive application
process to be selected as one of the 50 participants. The Association of College and Research
Libraries (ACRL) Junior and Community College Libraries Section, and the ACRL Instruction
Section are paying for her to participate in the national program.