Since its establishment in 1957, LLAMA has been a catalyst for leadership in library and information science. Attuned to ever-changing technological, economic, political, and cultural conditions, LLAMA equips library professionals with tools for building vibrant and successful careers in library services. We hope you'll join us!
The Library Leadership and Management Association advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.
LLAMA believes advancing leadership and management excellence is achieved by fostering the following values:
- Exemplary and innovative service to and for our members
- Leadership development and continuous learning opportunities for our members
- Sustainable and socially responsible management
Board of Directors
University of Aberdeen
University of California-San Diego
United States Naval Academy Nimitz Library
University of Southern California
Ohio University Libraries
New Leader's Representative
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
|Melissa B. Bennett
Buildings and Equipment Section Chair
|James Michael Thompson
Fund Raising & Financial Development Chair
University of Houston
|Marcy L. Simons
Human Resources Section Chair University of Notre Dame
|Leo S. Lo
Library Organization and Management Chair Kansas State University Libraries
|Lisa R. Horowitz
Measurement and Evaluation Section Chair Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New Professionals Section Chair
University of Rochester
Public Relations and Marketing Section Chair
Metropolitan Library System
|Paul A. Sharpe
Systems and Services Chair
University of Missouri - St Louis
|Brad L. Eden (ex-officio)
|Kerry Ward (ex-officio)
LLAMA Executive Director
- The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is the meeting place for librarians, trustees, architects, and consultants engaged in building and renovating library facilities.
- The Fund Raising and Financial Development Section (FRFDS) gathers those who work to grow financial resources for their organizations, enhancing their libraries’ success.
- The Human Resources Section (HRS) promotes dialogue about trends in staff recruitment, development and retention.
- Professionals wishing to immerse themselves in organizational and management theory and best practices applied to libraries will find a home in the Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS).
- The Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section (MAES) explores the practical applications of collecting data that improve libraries.
- LLAMA's newest section, the New Professionals Section (NPS) helps new professionals gain the leadership and management skills they need as they lead from where they are and move into influential roles.
- The Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) stimulates creativity and rewards excellence in promoting organizations and programs to the public.
- Access services library workers and technical services staff will find the Systems and Services Section (SASS) a great place to network and discuss issues and innovations in systems administration.
Executive Director Kerry Ward; firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-545-2433, ext. 5036
- Providing advice and guidance to LLAMA leaders, committees, and members
- Managing the budget and financial reports
- Managing the annual election and appointment process
- Managing the awards programs
- Policy and procedure questions
Program Officer for Continuing Education Fred Reuland, email@example.com; 800-545-2433, ext. 5032
- Webinar production and planning, including scheduling and registration
- Conference program scheduling, descriptions, and support
- Conference committee and discussion group scheduling, including A/V and catering requests
Strategic Plan and Bylaws
The Library Administration Division (LAD) became an ALA division on January 1, 1957. At that time nine groups were transferred to it: Board on Personnel Administration, Buildings Committee, Equipment Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Friends of the Libraries Committee, Insurance for Libraries Committee, Library Legislation Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Statistics Committee.
In the Spring and Fall of 1957, an additional eighteen committees were transferred to LAD from other ALA divisions. Most of these additional committees involved building construction and maintenance, recruitment of professional librarians, public relations and statistics. By the end of the year, the LAD Board had developed the basis for the structure of sections and responsibilities that it has today.
In 1978, the LAD membership voted to change the division's name to the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA).
In 2008, division members voted to change the name to the Library Leadership and Management Association. The new name was intended to help ALA members, other divisions and units of ALA, the profession at large, and the general public to understand the important role we play in developing library leaders of the present and the future.