LSU Librarian Cristina Caminita Selected as an Emerging Leader by American Library Association

01/09/2013 03:12 PM

BATON ROUGE – Cristina Caminita, the LSU Libraries’ agriculture and information literacy librarian, is one of 56 library professional selected nationwide to participate in the American Library Association’s 2013 Class of Emerging Leaders.


This leadership development program enables newer library workers from across the country to both network with peers and participate in problem-solving work groups. Emerging Leaders learn about the work of the American Library Association, providing a fast-track opportunity to volunteer for service to the organization.


“We are thrilled that Cristina Caminita has been selected,” said Assistant Dean of LSU Libraries Elaine Smyth. “It’s both an honor and a great opportunity for her.”


Caminita received her master’s degree from LSU’s School of Library and Information Science in 2006 and earned a master’s degree in English in 2002. She has received local and national awards for teaching, including the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Award.


“Participation in the Emerging Leaders program will broaden my knowledge of the issues facing academic libraries and introduce me to the established leaders in the profession,” said Caminita. “Networking with colleagues who face the same issues we deal with here will help me to provide better research assistance and instruction to my students and colleagues.”


The Emerging Leaders program, instituted by ALA Past President Leslie Burger, is currently in its seventh year. Librarians selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders program attend the ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences, work with colleagues remotely between the conferences, and commit to serve on national, state, and local committees.


To learn more about the ALA Emerging Leaders Program, visit and

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013