Andrea R. Lapsley named 2006-2007 LAMA president

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For Immediate Release
July 25, 2006

Andrea R. Lapsley named 2006-2007 LAMA president

CHICAGO - Andrea R. Lapsley, director of development for libraries at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, began her term as president of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) for 2006-2007 on Jul. 1.
Previously, Lapsley was the assistant director of marketing and development for the Houston Public Libraries from 1987 to 2006.

She has been a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and LAMA since 1989 and has served on a wide variety of committees and task forces during these years, including acting as chair of the LAMA National Institute in 2004.
Previously, she was elected chair of the LAMA Fund Raising and Financial Development section for 1996-1997.
She is a longtime member of the Texas Library Association and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, where she has been a board member and a featured speaker at conferences.

Additionally, Lapsley has published in numerous professional journals including
Library Administration and Management,
Texas Library Journal, and
The Bottom Line.
Among the many awards she has received over the years are the 2004 City of Houston Bravo Award, the 2003 IFLA/3M International Marketing Award and the 2000 ALA John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award. She is a graduate of Tulane University.

In a recent statement, Lapsley summed up her view of LAMA, "I am especially fortunate to be serving as LAMA's 50th president."
She added, "LAMA must deliver strong educational opportunities for all our members, through conferences, regional institutes, publications or virtually so our members can grow, meet new challenges and be successful."

W. Bede Mitchell, dean of the Library at Georgia Southern University, also began his term as the LAMA president-elect.
He will assume the LAMA presidency after the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association (
www.ala.org/lama) is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association.