CSU-Pueblo librarian selected to American Library Association’s 2020 class of Emerging Leaders

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.

Isabel Soto-Luna

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.

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