LLAMA Webinar: Assessing your Library Buildings: Moving from Assumptions to Facts

Wednesday, 5/30/2018
  • 2:30 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:30 PM-3:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:30 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (Pacific)

You may have thought about it, talked about it, or even dreamed about it for a long time.  Now the time has finally come to move your library building project forward. But where to start?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Assessing your Library Buildings: Moving from Assumptions to Facts ,” on Wednesday, May 30, at 1:30-3:00 pm Central Time. This webinar emphasizes the importance of data gathering and analysis to assess your library building needs within the context of your community-based strategic plan. Learn how data can help you build trust within your organization, gain public buy-in, funding approval and ultimately the ideal design for your library building.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

-How to build and support your case for a library building project on a framework of rational, methodical data gathering.

-How the built environment affects you personally and your library users in general.

-The importance of knowing where your library fits into, sustains and supports your community’s needs.

-How to take the lead and initiate data gathering to make the case for your library building project

-How to increase your community’s understanding of the library’s place in your community and your role as leader.

This webinar addresses three of LLAMA's Foundational Leadership Competencies: evidence-based decision making, critical thinking, and project management.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and all those interested in fact-based reasons to support their library building projects.


About our presenters

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Karen Watson is an architect with 38 years experience in all aspects of the field of architecture, from hands on construction, specification writing, design and design documents, site inspection project management and site safety instruction in residential, institutional and commercial buildings. Her personal mission is to empower librarians with communication tools and data to help them retain control of their library building project, start to finish.

Robert Hubsher has been a public librarian since 1987.  For 17 years he has been the Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskills Library System, headquartered in Middletown, New York, serving the professional and practical needs of 47 member libraries. Speaking up about libraries, working for libraries, championing the freedom to read and the necessity of having an educated citizenry is Robert’s strength and passion. He is an active member of the New York Public Library Association;past chair of the NYLA Freedom of Information Committee; and a certified Trainer for 'ALA-Strategic Planning for Results'.  His work with community and library boards and political stakeholders at the city, county, state and provincial levels results in benefits to the libraries within the RCLS system.



LLAMA member $49;
Non-LLAMA member $59;

LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199;
Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

*Recordings are available for purchase for one year following the webinar presentation.

How to Register

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements

This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.


For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.