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:
Professional experience, particularly LLAMA activities
I have the honor of holding the position of Executive Director of the extraordinary Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) in upstate NY for the past 16 years. In ALA I’m the current Chair of the Committee on Organization, and I’m the current LLAMA Treasurer. I've also served as the LLAMA Division Councilor and I'm a past LLAMA Mentor.
Best benefit of LLAMA membership
Meeting and networking with people from all types of information environments and all types of diverse positions who are leading and/or aspiring to lead within our industry.
Most memorable LLAMA experience or contribution
I am particularly proud of the very successful and well received LLAMA Perspectives on Leadership Webinar series.I was given the challenge to move the concept of this webinar series forward in 2015 and my specific task was and is to identify all of the speakers for this series. This task gave me a perfect opportunity to reach out to current colleagues to request their participation and also to have the perfect excuse to reach out to innovators and leaders that I had admired from afar, connect with them and request that they share their own unique leadership experiences and expertise with not only LLAMA but with all ALA members. Check it out! Go to the LLAMA webpage to learn more.
Why you would recommend LLAMA to a colleague?
It makes no difference where you are in your career, LLAMA is for you. I often tell students and new professionals that LLAMA is the natural second division choice. All of us, now more than ever, are expected and are eager to lead from where we are today. LLAMA has the network, the resources, the CE and the people to help you gain and sharpen your leadership and management skills and to assist you as you move up and on toward your career goals. The opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues with similar interests in librarianship.
How has membership in LLAMA helped your career?
It's all about people isn't it? The people I have met have made an enormous impact on me, both personally and professionally. As a LLAMA member, I now have a community of professionals that I can turn to for help and advice, whether I am dealing with a tricky HR issue or am contemplating a risky career move, I immediately think of a LLAMA colleague that I can contact for advice, a sounding board, or a little empathy.
If you had not chosen your present career, what would you be doing?
I would be a family court judge or some type of advocate for women and children. OR a shepherd, on a hill, on an island, in Greece.
What is your favorite music album of all time
10,000 Maniacs, Our Time in Eden
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Recent Member Spotlights (to see earlier member profiles click here)