LLAMA Webinar: "What Drives and Guides Us: The Importance of Developing a Personal Philosophy of Librarianship"

Wednesday, 7/26/2017
  • 2:30 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:30 PM-3:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:30 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (Pacific)

Many librarians report feeling passionate about their chosen profession, but have you ever asked yourself exactly why? What are your personal values that make working in the library field so rewarding? Knowing the answers to these questions and being able to articulate them as a personal philosophy can help you focus your efforts, give you a rubric by which to assess your effectiveness, and help identify opportunities for growth and improvement.

This webinar will discuss the importance of having a philosophy of librarianship, how our philosophies guide our work, and what resources can help librarians begin to explore and articulate their own specific philosophies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will learn:

-What a philosophy of librarianship is and what it should entail.

-Why it is important and helpful to have a philosophy of librarianship.

-How philosophies of librarianship can be tailored to specific types of libraries, positions, and/or specific communities.

-About the different resources available for developing and articulating their own personal philosophies of librarianship.

Who Should Attend

All librarians and library leaders


Brandy R. Horne
Instruction/Reference Librarian; Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina
Aiken, South Carolina



LLAMA member $49;
Non-LLAMA member $59;

LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199;
Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

*Recordings are available for purchase for one year following the webinar presentation.

How to Register

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements

This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.


For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.