Member Spotlight

Thanks to the many interests our sections represent, LLAMA has a diverse membership including new librarians, directors, HR professionals, architects, fundraisers, and more.  Each month the Membership Committee will feature one of these members in the Member Spotlight.  It's a great way for you to you meet your colleagues and find members with similar interests.

To see yourself in the spotlight, just send an email to the Membership Committee with some basic information.  A member of the committee will then follow up with you.  It only takes a minute and the committee would love to hear from you. 

Current Member Spotlight:

Alan Grosenheider
Associate University Librarian for Organizational Development & Effectiveness
University of California - Santa Barbara

LLAMA member since: 2007

Best benefit of LLAMA membership. 

Relationships, relationships, relationships.  Leadership is about relationships, management is about relationships, and our Association is about reflecting upon and building healthy relationships within our organizations, with our lost communities and with our peers across the country.

What do you think is the best or worst film adaptation of a book?

I consider Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to be the best film adaptation of a book.  Films are by their nature collaborations with each contributor adding their mark to the creation.  So, while some purists have complained about it not being 100% faithful to the novel [published in three parts by the publisher], I think it precisely captured the “feel” of Middle Earth. 

But I consider Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to be the worst film adaptation of a book.  While it is only two thirds of the way finished, one does not need to be a purist to question the expansion of a children’s novel into a three-part action-adventure film series.  It essentially has become a bloated prequel to The Lord of the Rings Film Series leaving little in common with the novel. 

If you had not chosen your present career, what would you be doing?

I find “what if” thought experiments to be very engaging; I was a Philosophy major in college.  But, before I decided to major in Philosophy, I was studying theatre, film and broadcasting with the dream of becoming a film director.  I have both an attention to detail and the ability to share vision with others that I thought would be useful directing films.  Turns out these are good skills for a librarian to have, too.  So, hopefully, I would be making films like The Lord of the Rings—but not like The Hobbit!


Previous Member Spotlights (to see earlier member profiles click here)

Tena J. Wilson
  July 2014

Jeffrey T. Bowen
  June 2014

Jeff A. Steely
  May 2014

W. Bede Mitchell
  April 2014