University Librarians Receive Recognition

News item published on: 2015-11-01 15:04:45

Xiaojie Duan Accepted Into American Library Association Emerging Leaders Class

Xiaojie Duan has been accepted into the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders class. Each year’s class members are selected through a competitive application process. As a member of the 2016 class, Duan is required to attend both the ALA Midwinter Conference held in Boston in January, and the ALA Annual Conference held in Orlando in June to participate in Emerging Leader sessions and Emerging Leader class projects.

Duan has also been selected to be sponsored by the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), of which she is a member and elected officer. This sponsorship will contribute up to $1,000 in financial support toward her attendance at both conferences.

The Emerging Leader Program is a national-wide program organized by the American Librarian Association which enables new librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. The program is limited to 50 participants each year, and Xiaojie feels “quite lucky to be selected as one of the participants of the 2016 Emerging Leader program.”

Elizabeth LaBeaud Receives Digital Archives Specialist Certification

Elizabeth LaBeaud has successfully completed the digital archives specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists.  LaBeaud is one of 45 who received this notable credential this fall and one of 228 since the program was initiated in 2011.  Over 600 are currently working their way through this program.

Digital collections is growing quickly and this LaBeaud’s certification allows Southern Miss the ability to keep up with the new techniques and strategies that enable us to manage, organize, and preserve them while also providing easy access.