Brianna Furcron, Digital Arizona Library Special Collections Librarian, at Arizona State University, Archives and Public Records (division of the Secretary of State) , has been selected as the 2017 Emerging Leader for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).
The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. The Emerging Leader experience begins with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, followed by six months of project engagement through online learning and networking environments. The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.
As the ASCLA Emerging Leader, Brianna will partner with other emerging leaders on the project of her choosing. She will also work with ASCLA leadership in a variety of other roles throughout the year. Brianna will kick off her tenure as the 2017 ASCLA Emerging Leader at the upcoming 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Brianna received her Masters of Information Resources and Library Science, with an emphasis on Information Literacy and research Methodology from the University of Arizona in 2011. Brianna received her Bachelors of Arts, Humanities (Magna Cum Laude) from Northern Arizona University in 2005.
Brianna believes there are three traits of effective leadership: Vision, Communication and Judgement. Successful leadership begins with vision. A compelling vision has the power to inspire, clarify and focus the work of individuals and organizations. Communication – Great leaders take the time and are disciplined in sharing strategies and talking directly with the population whom they serve. Without the right values, judgment can easily be trumped by perverse incentives that encourage poor ethical choices.
The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants. ASCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members.