Hi all, I’m Kim Leeder. I’m in my fourth year as a reference and instruction librarian at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. I earned my MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2006.
I’ve been involved with ALA since a mentor started appointing me to committees in 2004. I began in ACRL’s University Libraries Section (ULS) and have branched out to a few other ALA- and ACRL-level committees. I’m currently Chair of ULS and have been working on creating more opportunities for members.
I really enjoy being involved on the national level, but I see a lot of obstacles within ALA that prevent people from getting active and feeling that their contributions are worthwhile. If you’re interested in hearing more about my perspective, listen to my interview with Sarah Long. I’m excited to be part of the Young Librarians Task Force — I’m hoping we can start some movement towards positive change in the association.
Other details about me: I was an Emerging Leader in 2008, and I’m part of a blog called In the Library with the Lead Pipe that is also trying to push for constructive change in libraries.