On Levees, Keepin’ It Weird, & YALSA Sponsorship of Emerging Leaders 

YALSA’s sponsorship of my participation in the 2011 Emerging Leaders day-long discussion of governance and effective management was integral to my leadership skill development. The grant also assisted in funding a trip to co-present at an Emerging Leaders poster session along a downtown levee at a Crescent City conference center. After completing the Emerging Leaders program, my professional growth involvement with YALSA included: teaching courses for colleagues; leading a teen programming webinar; participating in a young adult services panel presentation; penning the professional development book, Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC; and co-presenting a half-day pre-conference at the annual Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin (#keepYALSAweird).

Involvement with YALSA is rewarding – and the Emerging Leaders program inspires burgeoning library lions to expand their involvement in transformative professional development opportunities.

I encourage library lovers to support this meaningful initiative.

Please help us raise $1000 to support our next Emerging Leader. Give to YALSA:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/give

Monique Delatte Starkey resides with a parkour calico, a Hemingway tuxedo kitty, and a Starkey in Southside Strong Beach. She shares library program-planning tricks via professional development publications, including a YALSA book. She co-wrote, with Lore Guilmartin, Ph.D., a textile and costume bibliography that was published in Reference & User Services Quarterly. In 2008, Prof. Starkey served as the editor for a publication regarding increasing access for persons with disabilities. As tenured faculty, she collaborates with colleagues and administrators in running library operations (e.g., vendor collaboration, user outreach, budget management) in her role as the Fullerton College acquisitions librarian. On weekends, she tries her hand at screenwriting; delves into library work; and enjoys time with friends and family.