Libraries staff from Georgia Southern University will be partaking in a national leadership program.

Lee Bareford is the associate professor and head of the Learning Commons. And, Kelli-Anne Gecawich is the media and circulations associate. The two libraries staff will be participating in American Library Association’s (ALA) 2023 Emerging Leaders Program.

“I am so proud that Kelli-Anne and Lee have been selected among hundreds of candidates as emerging library leaders and that they will represent the University Libraries and Georgia Southern University,” said Lisa Carmichael, dean of University Libraries.

Both librarians work out of Lane Library on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. They are two of 50 participants in the national program.

The program enables library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups and serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

Bareford and Gecawich will take part in leadership workshops during the annual LibLearnX Conference in New Orleans in January.

The pair will also collaborate with other participants to develop presentations for ALA’s conference in June.

A sponsorship from the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Georgia Library Association will cover conference expenses.

“We look forward to seeing how Kelli-Anne’s and Lee’s participation in this renowned program benefits them, the libraries and the University,” said Carmichael.

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