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:

Tena J. Wilson
Executive Director
Stark County Library District
Canton, OH

LLAMA member since: 2005

Professional experience particularly LLAMA activities

LLAMA Leadership Development Committee, 2013-present; President’s Day Programming Committee, 2012-14; Training, Orientation and Leadership Development Committee, 2008-12; Member, PRMS section 2005-present.  Onsite Consultant, ALA-Affiliate Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Annual Conference in Cleveland, 2011; Board member, Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, 2008-10; Chair, Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship Committee, ABOS, 2009; Chair, Exhibits Committee, ABOS, 2007-08; Chair, ALA Subcommittee on Bookmobiles, 2006-08.

Why you would recommend LLAMA to a colleague

LLAMA is for leaders, no matter what position one may hold in a library. Of course LLAMA is a fantastic resource for those in leadership positions, but it is also fertile ground for growing leaders. Often a leader is not the person in charge, but they may be identified by their curiosity, problem solving skills, work ethic or insightful wisdom. Recognizing these qualities in someone, and directing them to LLAMA is a good deed that will grow the next generation of library leaders.

Name three people you would like to have dinner with.

Sari Feldman – Her success as a leader is an inspiration to me. (I hope she is our next ALA President.)

Sue Monk Kidd – I just read The Invention of Wings and I have some questions.

Oprah Winfrey – She has no doubt done more than any one person alive to activate the love of reading for the masses.

What was the best book you read recently?

I just finished reading A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. Great writing and deep topic of complicated friendship made it a very good read. I like Forster’s sense of humor.

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

Jeffrey T. Bowen
  June 2014

Jeff A. Steely
  May 2014

W. Bede Mitchell
  April 2014

Pixey Anne Mosley
March 2014