LIS Program Outreach Team

Community of Practice: New Professionals

Charge: To establish relationships between LLAMA and ALA-accredited programs in library and information science. Specific groups to target include ALA student chapters, faculty teaching management or leadership classes, LIS program administration, and alumni organizations. The team may approach existing ALA groups for possible cooperative efforts as they see fit.


Dr. Alyse Jordan (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Tahirah Z. Akbar-Williams (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Katrina N. Frank (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Brady D. Lund (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Kimberly Suzanne Tate-Louie (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Angela A. Williams (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Kerry Ward (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022)

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Our Work


One of the main objectives for the New Professionals Community of Practice is to provide a starting place in LLAMA for students, new professionals, and those in transition, and to serve as a bridge to larger division and association involvement. This team’s main goals will be to establish lines of communication between LLAMA and these groups, to promote New Professionals Community of Practice services, opportunities, and resources, and to pilot services/programs that help students gain skills in leadership and management.

By August 31, 2017

  • Review this team charge and in collaboration with the New Professionals Chair, develop a final version which will govern the team’s work through June, 2018.

By September 31, 2017

  • In collaboration with the Social Media Team, develop core messaging for use with LIS school related groups

By December 31, 2017

  • Contact all student chapter leadership, LIS program administration, and relevant existing ALA bodies to pursue initial conversations about what we can offer and what they are interested in.
  • Revamp and redo the New Professionals Community 101 presentation.

By May 31, 2018

  • Perform internal review and submit progress report, including recommendations for the continuation, cessation, or suspension of the project.
  • Offer at least two professional development opportunities (virtual or in-person) to all contactable LIS students and recent alumni.


  • Promote New Professionals and LLAMA programs and activities to all audiences using a variety of channels throughout the year

June 30, 2018, the team will have:

  • Established contact with student chapters, LIS program administration, LIS management faculty, alumni groups, and relevant ALA bodies
  • Developed and refined core messaging about LLAMA and the New Professionals Community directed to LIS program-related groups
  • Identified the best ways to communicate regularly and collaborate with these groups
  • Offered at least two professional development or networking opportunities to all contactable LIS students and recent alumni
  • Attempted to build connections between LIS programs and local LLAMA members
  • Evaluated the effectiveness and impact of this project

Note: the team need not write/develop/present brand new professional development sessions entirely on their own, though they may; rather the team may consider working with virtual presenters, LLAMA members, and existing resources to offer online programs and facilitate collaboration with student chapters and LIS schools.

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Two hours a month, mostly via with email/document sharing and outreach
  • Ongoing communication with the New Professionals chair and with the other teams as needed

Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Current or recent experience with LIS programs/students
  • Communication skills

Staff Contact and roles:

  • Kerry Ward,, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland,, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Webinar production, program planning and scheduling, conference support, etc.

Resources available:

  • Virtual meeting support
  • Community email blasts/announcements