Isabel Soto-Luna, Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Services and alumnae of CSU-Pueblo, was selected as one of 50 individuals nationwide to the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2020 class of Emerging Leaders.
The Emerging Leaders initiative is meant to provide new librarians with an opportunity to serve within the profession in a leadership capacity. Participants will work together in groups as part of a six month long online learning and networking program, that kicks off with a day-long session at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
”To be selected as one of ALA’s emerging leaders is a big honor both for Isabel and for CSU-Pueblo. Only one other librarian in the state was selected. Isabel is an example of a CSU-Pueblo student who has gone on to be successful in her career at the national level. We are very proud of her.”Rhonda Gonzales, Dean of Library Services
Professor Soto-Luna graduated from CSU-Pueblo in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications-Integrated Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language-Spanish. During her time at CSU-Pueblo, Professor Soto-Luna was employed as a work-study student in the University Archives.
“This experience was incredibly inspiring, this is where I realized that academic librarianship is where I wanted to be. I made the choice to come back as faculty to help others the way I was helped” states Professor Soto – Luna who went on to complete her Master of Library Science degree in Leadership and Administration at the Denver campus of Emporia State University.
“This is a great opportunity for me to bring back what I learned and better serve other non-traditional, first-generation students like myself.” The program will culminate in a poster session at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago where participants will present the results of the research and work done in the previous six months.