2007 LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award seeks entrants

Contact: Fred Reuland
Marketing Specialist


For Immediate Release
September 21, 2006

2007 LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award seeks entrants

CHICAGO - Students enrolled in American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library and information studies programs are invited to submit essays in the Student Writing and Development Award competition sponsored by the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and
YBP Library Services, Inc.
The deadline for entries is March 1, 2007.

The LAMA/YBP Student Writing and Development Award honors the best essay submitted on a topic in the area of library administration and management.
The topic for the 2007 competition is the LAMA President's theme -- "Library Associations:
Learning, Leading, Looking Forward."

In celebration of LAMA's 50th anniversary, entrants are asked to address the relevance of membership in professional library associations for library school students and new librarians.
The essay can address one or more of the following questions:

  • What features attract new librarians to engage in professional associations or other networks?
  • How does involvement in an association enhance a new librarian's professional and personal growth?
  • How does association membership compare to other real or virtual professional networks?
    Is association involvement worth the time and resources required from a member?
  • What changes should LAMA and similar associations make to best meet the needs and interests of new librarians?

The award recipient must be a current student member of ALA and LAMA.

The winning article will be published in the fall 2007 issue of
Library Administration & Management magazine.
The award recipient also will receive a travel grant of up to $1,000, provided by YBP Library Services, Inc., to support attendance at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference.

For more information, article guidelines, criteria, and an application, go to the LAMA Web site at
www.ala.org/lama, click on the "Awards" navigation item and then select LAMA/YBP Award, or contact LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; 1-800-545-2433 x5032; e-mail:

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.