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Are you leadership material?  Do you supervise others?  Will you supervise others some day?  Are you responsible for managing a functional unit of the library or would like to do that some day?

If you answered YES to any or all of these, LAMA is for you. 

Do you manage the Access Services areas of your library?  Do you work in Circulation or ILL?

If you answered YES to any or all of these, LAMA is for you.

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association, can help you acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable you to become a leader in your profession. In tune with ever-changing technological, political, economic, and cultural conditions, LAMA equips library professionals with a variety of dynamic tools for building strong libraries and successful careers. Our resources are tailored to professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds and all levels of library staff in all types of libraries.

LAMA is much more than a division for library managers. The scope of its activities cuts across type-of-library interests to offer meaningful participation to library staff at all levels, as well as to architects, development officers, public relations specialists and others who work with library administrators to accomplish the goals of the organization.

Membership Benefits

  • Free membership in Association Sections (LAMA's special interest groups)
  • Free subscription to Library Administration & Management, the definitive quarterly journal addressing key management concerns such as building design, staff organization, compensation and training, customer service, long-range planning, and technology.
  • Reduced registration fees to LAMA-sponsored Regional Institutes and the National Institute
  • Reduced registration fees to LAMA preconferences
  • Discounted prices for LAMA and ALA publications
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the Association--run for office and serve on committees


How to Join LAMA

You must first be an ALA member before you can join LAMA. The following is a list of LAMA first year dues (in addition to ALA membership):


One year introductory new member rate ($35)

Personal members ($50)

Corporate/Organizational members ($65)

ALA Student Members ($15)

For information on joining LAMA or ALA, please contact:

LAMA Office

50 E. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60611

1-800-545-2433 ext.5036 mail to:

You may also register online. Please note that the online registration process includes joining ALA (or providing your ALA membership number if you are already a member).

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