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About LAMA

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices.

Since its establishment in 1957, LAMA has been a powerful catalyst in the development of leadership in the library and information science field. Attuned to ever-changing technological, economic, political, and cultural conditions, LAMA equips library professionals with dynamic tools for building vibrant library services and successful careers.
Highlighting all aspects of library management, LAMA's sections (special interest groups) offer not only opportunities to connect with people of similar interests, but also to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, publish research, mentor future leaders, and hone leadership and managerial skills.


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  • The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is the meeting place for librarians, trustees, architects, and consultants engaged in building and renovating library facilities.
  • The Fund Raising and Financial Development Section (FRFDS) gathers those who work to grow financial resources for their organizations, enhancing their libraries’ success.
  • Access services library workers and technical services staff will find the Systems and Services Section (SASS) a great place to network and discuss issues and innovations in systems administration.
  • The Human Resources Section (HRS) promotes dialogue about trends in staff recruitment, development and retention.
  • The Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) stimulates creativity and rewards excellence in promoting organizations and programs to the public.
  • Professionals wishing to immerse themselves in organizational and management theory and best practices applied to libraries will find a home in the Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS).
  • The Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section (MAES) explores the practical applications of collecting data that improve libraries.

LAMA’s diverse programs offered during the ALA conferences are excellent opportunities for learning and exchanging ideas with colleagues.

  • Educational programs offer opportunities for learning and discussion on cutting-edge issues and developments in the library world.
  • Outstanding preconferences and institutes give intensive training by experts in topics central to library management and administration Recent topics include fundraising, managing libraries in times of crisis and the joy of publishing.

LAMA’s numerous publications give practical guidance and stimulating analysis.

  • Library Administration & Management, our quarterly magazine, contains high-quality, practical articles to help today’s supervisors and managers with their administrative challenges.


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