ALA Emerging Leaders from Virginia: Rebecca Kate Miller and Rocco Debonis

Congratulations to Rebecca Kate Miller of Virginia Tech Libraries and Rocco Debonis of the University of Maryland University College, who  have been selected for the 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders of the American Library Association!

Click here for the full announcement and more information about the Emerging Leaders program.

Past Emerging Leaders from Virginia

2007:  Mario A. Ascencio, LeRoy Jason LaFleur (both from George Mason University)

2008: Mary Hanlin (Tidewater Community College), Renee DiPilato (Alexandria Public Library), Sally Ma (Fairfax County Public Library).  Sally, Renee and Mary wrote this article in Virginia Libraries  about their experiences.

2009: Laura  Horne (University of Richmond), Sara Townsend (Norfolk Public Library), Beth Larkee (Hollins University), Suzanna Panter (Henrico Co. Public Schools), Sarah Wright (Potomac Library)

2010: Laura Amos (Norfolk Collegiate School), Nathan Putnam (George Mason University)

2011:  Elizabeth Appleton (George Mason University), Alicia Blowers (St. Stephen & St. Agnes School), Megan Hodge (Chesterfield Co. Public Library), Matthew Jabaily (Old Dominion University)

Rocco Debonis

Rebcca Kate Miller



Rocco DeBonis has earned a Master of Secondary Education, Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing, and most recently a Master of Library Science. He has been a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Maryland University College since January 31st of this year, where he is liaison to the Undergraduate School’s Center for Student Success and the Graduate School’s Education Department. Previously, he taught science in New York City public schools and then English and creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. He hopes that the Emerging Leader program will introduce him to other librarians of all ages who are new to the field, and that the program will serve as a conduit to continued involvement in ALA.

Rebecca Kate Miller is the Information Literacy Coordinator & College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She earned my MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, and worked at Louisiana State University until she joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in May 2010.  As a new information professional, she is very interested in connecting and supporting other new librarians, and work with the Virginia Library Association to do this.  Currently, Rebecca serves as the VLA Membership Chair and has collaborated with Megan Hodge to reactivate the VLA New Members Round Table Forum.  Nationally, she serves as the Secretary of the ALA New Members Round Table and on several ACRL committees.  Rebecca is looking forward to meeting new colleagues and gaining new insights through the Emerging Leaders program.

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