LAMA preconference features innovations in library staff development

Contact: Fred Reuland

Marketing Specialist, LAMA

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

LAMA preconference features innovations in library staff development

CHICAGO – The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer a preconference, “ Cultivating the Future: Growing the Staff You Really Need,” on June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

In this lively workshop, library human resources managers and directors will focus on new and innovative approaches that can be utilized in any organization to develop all library staff for the future. The presenters and facilitators will discuss a variety of successful approaches and models that give library staff opportunities for learning and growth from any position in their organization. These approaches and models will include: developing core competencies including cultural competencies; appreciative inquiry; positive organizational scholarship, evaluation: assessment and facilitative leadership.

Speakers include: Maureen Sullivan, principal, Maureen Sullivan Associates; Beth McNeil, associate dean, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Library; Ghada Elturk, community and outreach librarian, Colorado Public Library- Boulder; Shelley Phipps, assistant dean for Team and Organization Development, University of Arizona Library and Ginnie Cooper.

Online registration for this program and other LAMA preconferences is now open at

Discounts for advance registration fees are: LAMA Member: $225; ALA Member: $270; Non-Member: $345; Student/Retired Member: $135.

Please note that advance registration ends on May 19.

For more information on LAMA preconferences please contact LAMA Marketing Specialist Fred Reuland at 1-800-545-2433 x5032, or via e-mail at

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