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NCSLMA Emerging Leader Program

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Cohort

  • Laura Aldridge, Media Specialist, Terrell Lane Middle School
  • Chelsea Brantley, Media Coordinator, Nags Head Elementary
  • Anitra Cook, Media Coordinator, H. B Sugg & Sam D. Bundy Elementary Schools
  • Christen Higgins, Media Coordinator, Matthews Elementary School
  • Anissa Holm, School Library Media Coordinator, West Johnston High School
  • Vanessa Lail, Media Coordinator, Grandview Middle School
  • Heather Pennica, Lead Media Specialist, Johnston County Schools
  • Lee Ann Perry, Media Coordinator, Lyle Creek Elementary School
  • Mary Sauls, Media Coordinator, Bertie High/STEM High School
  • Delandrus Seales, Media Coordinator, Codington Elementary

Cohort Facilitators

  • Jen Baker, Coastal Director 
  • Bitsy Griffin, President Elect
  • Crystal Joyce. Advocacy/Governance Section Chair
  • Allison Long, Secretary
  • Laura Long, Piedmont West Director
  • Lisa Milstead, Bylaws Chair
  • Robin Rhodes, Mountains Director
  • Ruth Wilcox, NC Young Adult Book Award Chair


Program Information


The North Carolina  School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) is offering a special professional development opportunity for school librarians who have been in the field for five years or less. This year long program will begin with an introductory session at the 2017 NCSLMA annual conference and will conclude with the pre-conference held at the 2018 NCSLMA annual conference in October. You will have an opportunity to meet and collaborate with new and experienced librarians in North Carolina, NCSLMA Board members, NCSLMA officers, and join networks in your area of the state affiliated with NCSLMA. You will learn more about being a leader in your school and district. You will also learn what NCSLMA is, what we do, and how you can be an active part of the organization.

You must be new to the profession not just new to your position. 

Requirements for participants

Participate in regularly scheduled meetings

Choose a leadership activity following the program:

  • Serve on a NCSLMA committee at end
  • Present at the 2018 conference
  • Assist in guiding next emerging leader group
  • Other approved (Examples: design a webinar, plan district/regional training, organize an EdCamp, etc.)

Application Process

Application Form  

Principal Recommendation

Applications are due July 31, 2017. Those accepted into the program will be notified by August 31, 2017. 

Minimum Criteria

  • Library Media Coordinator with fewer than 5 years in the profession.
  • Have or be in process of obtaining Masters in Library Science.
  • Ability to attend the 2017 & 2018 NCSLMA annual conferences for pre-conferences.
  • Ability to work virtually in between the two conferences.
  • Willingness to serve at district, region, or state level upon completion of the program.