The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announced Angela J.A. Kent of Austin, TX as its representative in the 2015 Emerging Leader program. Kent is currently a reference librarian in information services with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.
Kent is an experienced library paraprofessional and professional in academic, federal, and special libraries. Her academic and professional working background is within the international relations field (defense and intelligence studies) and her research areas of interest include: open government and open data, research methods and analysis, intelligence analysis, grey literature and sources, open source intelligence, and copyright and information policy issues.
“We are excited to have Angela as the 2015 IRRT Emerging Leader,” said IRRT Chair Robin Kear. “Her work background and multicultural experience mesh well with the goals of the IRRT to advance international library issues. She has great leadership potential and we look forward to watching her career. We are happy to sponsor new leaders in our profession through the Emerging Leaders program.”
As IRRT’s representative for the 2015 Emerging Leader program, Kent will attend the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, as well as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.