LLAMA New Professionals Community of Practice


The New Professionals Community of Practice helps LIS students and new professionals gain the leadership and management skills they need as they lead from where they are and move into influential roles. Further, we promote existing programs in LLAMA and ALA that fall in line with this mission; if it's already happening, we are happy to connect people with those opportunities. The community also collaborates with groups across ALA to foster an atmosphere of leadership throughout the Association and our collective circles of influence.


  • Podcast: "Break Room Chats" covers issues of leadership and management for new LIS professionals
  • NPS Toolkit: curated collection of leadership and management resources.
  • Buddy Program (coming soon!)

Career Development

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Conferences and Events

New Professionals Community at the 2017 Annual Conference

  • Information Available in Spring 2017

ALA Annual and Midwinter Conferences

Staff Liaison

Kerry Ward, kward@ala.org, 800-545-2433, ext. 5036