Communities of Practice


  • The Assessment community focuses on library assessment, evaluation, and measurement regardless of type of library or activity. We emphasize the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of our libraries. Our work includes recommending and developing tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures. We plan and deliver webinars, programs, publications, special projects, and discussion group(s). We seek opportunities to collaborate within our Section, within LLAMA, and beyond.

Buildings and Equipment

  • Brings together librarians and design professionals to analyze, discuss, and share information related to academic, public, and school library buildings, equipment, and furnishings.
  • Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, library site selection; building planning and architecture; library furniture and equipment; interior design; maintenance and security of buildings and property; and disaster recovery.

Fund Raising and Financial Development

  • Exercises responsibility for matters pertaining to fund raising and resource development for libraries.
  • Illustrative of the fields of interest are foundation, trust, and endowment development and administration; annual giving and direct-mail fund raising programs; capital campaign planning and implementation, grantsmanship; and other areas of fund raising activity.
  • The section addresses these areas by providing a forum for discussion; serving as a clearinghouse for the exchange of related ideas, information, and techniques; and providing a source for the research and development of guides, aids, and publications relating to financial resource development.

Human Resources Section

  • Exercises responsibility for general personnel administration in all types of libraries.
  • Illustrative of the fields of interest are the recruitment and promotion of able people to positions at all levels of library service, certification of librarians, fair employment practices, equal employment opportunities, classification and pay plans, in-service training of all professional and nonprofessional workers (including those at supervisory levels), principles of tenure and intellectual freedom, personnel administration, relations between libraries and pertinent municipal and educational agencies, staff management, ethics, personnel measurement and guidance, and staff welfare programs, including all types of benefits.
  • Concerned with general personnel administration information, education, techniques, theories, practices, guidance materials, and research; it is not responsible for those specific but related duties of other ALA units.

Library Organization and Management

  • Investigates issues pertaining to efficient library operations in all types of libraries and disseminates information on management issues to all its members, the LLAMA membership, and all librarians.
  • Issues of ongoing interest are specified in the section's standing committees and discussion groups.

Marketing and Communication

  • Provides a framework and impetus for the study of marketing and communication theory and policies; for improving the practice of those in public, school, college and university, and special libraries; for serving as public relations liaison between the division and other ALA units; and for identifying those aspects of marketing and communication about which the profession needs to be informed and educated so as to conduct appropriate programs and institutes.

New Professionals

  • Helps new professionals gain the leadership and management skills they need as they lead from where they are and move into influential roles, through both virtual and in-person services and programs.
  • Connects new professionals to related opportunities throughout LLAMA, ALA, and the wider community.

Systems and Services Section

  • Studies and evaluates the application of new technology in services, and the management thereof, for the improvement of library services and systems.
  • Fosters research, development and promotion of continuing education opportunities, disseminate information, and provide a forum for the discussion of related management issues pertinent to all types of libraries.

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