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Interview with Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, 2023 Core Emerging Leader

Interview with Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, 2023 Core Emerging Leader

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle served as a 2023 Core Emerging Leader (EL). As one of 49 library workers chosen from across the U.S. and Canada, she participated in six-months of project planning work groups, networking with peers, and gained an inside look into the ALA structure. The program culminated in a presentation of the groups’ work at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL this past June. The following is a recent interview with Delaurier-Lyle about her experience in the ALA Emerging Leaders Program.

Tell us about your current position. What do you enjoy the most about it?
I am the Information Services Librarian at Xwi7xwa Library, and I enjoy working with students.

Why did you apply for the Emerging Leaders program?
I applied for the program at the recommendation of a colleague who had been an EL. I was excited to meet, work with, and learn from other early professionals.

What kind of (non-monetary) support were you given as an Emerging Leader?
Professional development, networking opportunities, and professional advice.

What was the most challenging part of the program?
The most challenging part of the program was managing our project across five different time zones as full time employees.

Please describe the project you worked on and its major findings, outcomes, and/or deliverables.
APALA for Another 40 was one of ten possible projects for the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program. [APALA is the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities through informed dialogue that addresses the needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander library workers and those who serve these communities.”] The five ELs that were chosen to work on this project are as follows:

  • Stacey Akahoshi (Virtual Content Manager, Maricopa County Library District)
  • Karleen Delaurier-Lyle (Information Services Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library)
  • Maria Fernandez (Research Program Manager, Data Science Institute, University of Chicago)
  • Gabi Kim Huesca (Adult Services Manager, Fairfax County Library)
  • Meng Qu (Web Services Librarian, Miami University)

The goal of this project was to provide APALA with simplified operational policies and processes that can facilitate succession while simultaneously safeguarding APALA’s key activities. The project was laid out in three phases with specific benchmarks for APALA officers, committees, and task forces. Phase 1 required ELs to analyze the current practices and systems in order to update the organization’s current records management policy. Phase 2 was the development of a retention review process and timeline that will be used to audit APALA’s organizational records that are stored across multiple management systems. Finally, Phase 3 was the creation of a migration process and a second timeline that will be used to consolidate and transfer records into a new management system. As one of the final deliverables for the Program, ELs created a final presentation on the process of consulting on this project; the goal of sharing this process is to inform the records management efforts of other organizations that are similar to APALA.

How did the Emerging Leaders program benefit your professional development?
I appreciated hearing from previous Emerging Leaders about how their projects positively impacted their careers years after their projects were completed.

Where do you see your career going from here?
I’m not sure, but my current goal is to secure confirmation at UBC Library!

Do you have any recommendations for a new Emerging Leader on how to get the most out of the experience?
Meet everyone you can! Colleagues that show up to see your presentations and ask about your projects are really interested in your work and who you are. EL is a great way to make connections with folks from diverse backgrounds, careers, and work environments; make connections!