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
Salt Lake City Public Library
University of Aberdeen
United States Naval Academy Nimitz Library
University of Southern California
Ohio University Libraries
|Melissa B. Bennett
Buildings and Equipment Section Chair
Fund Raising & Financial Dvlp Chair
University of Houston
Human Resources Section Chair
Wake Forest University
|Hector Escobar, Jr.
Library Organization and Management Chair
University of Dayton
Measurement and Evaluation Section Chair
Oklahoma State University
New Professionals Section Chair
Public Relations and Marketing Section Chair
Ohio State University Libraries
|Robyn K. Huff - Eibl
Systems and Services Chair
University of Arizona Library
|Brad L. Eden (ex-officio)
|Gary White (ex-officio)
LL&M Associate Editor
University of Maryland
|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
At the 2015 Annual Conference, the LLAMA Board voted to move away from the traditional three-year strategic plan and instead commit to an ongoing cycle of development, implementation, assessment, and adjustment of strategic directions that will guide the work of the organization. The directions are shaped by conversations with members and at each Board meetings, and are implemented by sections, volunteers, and members.
Previous Planning and Evaluation
Below for reference is LLAMA’s 2012-15 Strategic Plan along with an evaluation of the plan's effectiveness. The previous plan focused attention on three strategic themes: 1) member engagement and value, 2) leadership development and continuous learning, and 3) organizational excellence. Each theme had a goal statement and key objectives.
2012-15 Strategic Plan Evaluation June 2015
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.