LLAMA institute in Denver develops communications skills for leadership

Contact: Fred Reuland

Marketing Specialist





For Immediate Release

September 23, 2008

Effective leaders in today’s libraries require an increasingly broad range of communications skills in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing profession. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present an institute that addresses those challenges, “Library Leadership: You Are How You Communicate,” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in conjunction with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo.

This one-day institute will feature international marketing executive, consultant and entrepreneur Alexis Sarkisian. Participants will focus on library leadership as an essential core value for all who work in libraries. They will develop and practice effective communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, that are necessities for developing an organizational vision and advocating for that vision. Participants will learn the essential tools to:

  • Identify best communication practices for leadership, including interpersonal communication, group dynamics, negotiation and conflict resolution;
  • Understand and build
    their own unique and successful leadership communication styles;
  • Understand and work with the communication styles of others.

As a consultant, Ms. Sarkisian uses her education and professional experience to help libraries and library staff to understand and utilize best practices in library marketing communication. She is also a member of the adjunct staff at Dominican University

Tickets: ALA Members $285; LLAMA Members $235; Non-Members $385; Student/Retired Members $135. Advance registration opens Oct. 1 at
www.ala.org/midwinter. Registration for the ALA midwinter meeting is not required.

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association (
www.ala.org/llama) 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.