Cristina Caminita, the LSU Libraries’ agriculture and information literacy librarian, is one of 56 library professional selected nationwide to participate in the American Library Association’s 2013 Class of Emerging Leaders, according to an LSU news release.

This leadership development program enables newer library workers from across the country to network with peers and participate in problem-solving work groups. Emerging Leaders learn about the work of the American Library Association, providing a fast-track opportunity to volunteer for service to the organization.

“We are thrilled that Cristina Caminita has been selected,” Assistant Dean of LSU Libraries Elaine Smyth said in the release. “It’s both an honor and a great opportunity for her.”

Caminita received her master’s degree from LSU’s School of Library and Information Science in 2006 and earned a master’s degree in English in 2002. She has received local and national awards for teaching, including the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Award.