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 am currently serving my second year on the LLAMA Competencies Committee. Last year we worked on updating the existing competencies and dividing and labeling them either “management” or “leadership.” I am also running for a seat in ALA Council this year, which is new and exciting!
I have worked mainly in public library adult services since I got my MLIS in 1999. My professional interests are collection management, reference service, technology, and technology instruction. On the side, I am a contributor to the blog “Library Lost and Found” and a co-founder and co-author of "Awful Library Books."
How has membership in LLAMA helped your career
As I moved through the stages of my career, it was LLAMA that helped me to decide which direction I wanted to go. I wasn’t sure if library management was for me, but I knew I wanted to continue to grow in the profession. I attended various LLAMA-sponsored sessions at ALA conferences and started reading everything I could about library leadership and management. After deciding that my next career step would be into a middle management role, I became involved in the LLAMA Competencies Committee. Thank you, LLAMA, for helping me make informed decisions and learn about myself in a way that has helped my career!
What was the first job you ever had?
I was a library Page in high school. That is what helped me decide that library life was for me! I have never looked back.
What is your favorite music album of all time?
Tough call! I think I’ll go with Rush 2112 for my favorite music album of all time.
What was your favorite class in college?
Undergrad: educational psychology.
Library School: Collection development
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Previous Member Spotlights (to see earlier member profiles click here)
Tena J. Wilson
Jeffrey T. Bowen