RUSA is pleased to announce that Amanda Roper has been selected as our 2020 Emerging Leader!
Amanda is an Assistant Librarian at Chattanooga State Community College where she provides creativity to library outreach and instruction.
“At Chatt State, I’ve worked to develop a pop-up library program on campus. I work with departments and offices across campus to bring resources, library information, and our popular prize wheel to events. It has improved our profile on campus and it is so fun to see people who are not our library “power users” engage with us,” Roper said.
“I’ve curated a Black Lives Matter pop-up library for a February spoken word competition, poetry themed pop-up for a humanities celebration, and, in a few weeks, I’ll be taking materials on higher education teaching and learning to faculty convocation. At Brenau, I worked with an instruction librarian to create a “zombies in the library” information literacy game for our First Year students.”
Through the ALA emerging leader program, Amanda is hoping to work within ALA and the broader library community to effect change towards a praxis of social justice.
“I’m interested in continuing to examine community college libraries and issues of equity. I’d love the chance to learn from ALA leaders and other library professionals,” Roper said.
ALA’s Emerging Leader Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.