LLAMA preconferences in Chicago address important issues

Contact: Fred Reuland

Marketing Specialist




For Immediate Release

March 10, 2009

CHICAGO - The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), will offer a wide range of topics during seven preconferences at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Preconferences will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 10. Registration is available through the ALA Annual Conference Web site at

An Inside Look at Leadership

Presented in partnership with the Pacific Institute of Seattle, Wash. (
www.pac-inst.com), “An Inside Look at Leadership” is designed for people who are currently in, will soon be in or are moving toward a leadership role within their professional or personal lives. Participants will work to improve effective thinking skills; heighten self-confidence; increase self-motivation; attain goals that were once thought out of reach; and understand paths to career growth.

Presenter: Robin Brummet, Senior Partner/Project Director and Master Facilitator, The Pacific Institute

Moving Your Library’s Collections

Every library needs to move its collections at some point. This preconference will offer practical advice for planning collection space, moving yourself, working with a mover and handling special situations such as moving archival material and moving into high-density shelving. A panel of representatives from several moving companies will share their perspectives on moving libraries, and break-out sessions will let participants talk in more detail with experts about the topics addressed in the presentations.

Presenters: Kent Miller, University of Kansas; Betsy Habich, Northeastern University; Paula Walker, University of Washington; Donald G. Kelsey, Library planning consultant, Minnesota; Mary Roach, University of Kansas; Carla Caforio, William B Meyer, library relocation specialists; Kent Miller, University of Kansas

Green Library Interiors: Fact and Fiction

A panel of design and industry experts will address critical learning needs of library facilities staff and library directors so they can assess what their real needs are, spend their dollars wisely and discuss best practices and sustainable choices that meet the needs of their projects. Participants will learn the myths and realities behind how finishes, furnishings, equipment and lighting can be green while being cost-effective. Lunch and showroom tours round out the day at the Merchandise Mart

Presenters: Steven Carr, Arlington Public Library (Va.); Ryan Todd Sherman, inside; Joseph Frueh, Agati Furniture; Donald Hooper, Milliken Contract; Anita Snader, Armstrong World Industries

Uncommonly Sustainable: The New Information Commons at Loyola University Chicago

This day-long preconference and building tour examines the planning, design and features of the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons. Spanning four floors, the facility includes smart group rooms and a digital media lab. Assistance is available on all floors. The facility is Leed registered and utilizes numerous energy efficient technologies. Presenters include the architect, dean of libraries, director of the Information Commons and facilities managers. There will be ample time to tour the facility and see the infrastructure that supports it.

Speakers: Leslie M. Haas, Director, Klarchek Information Commons, University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago; Robert Seal, Dean, University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago, Library; Jeannette Pierce, Head, Reference, Loyola University Chicago, Library; Devon Patterson, Architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Bruce Montes, Loyola University Chicago, Information Services; Wayne Sliwa, Loyola University Chicago, Facilities

Building Blocks 101: A Space Planning Guide with Hands-On Experience

Come experience the wonders of the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Learn how to use basic planning guidelines and the new edition of “Building Blocks” to plan your next renovation/expansion or new building. Examine case studies of both public and academic libraries. Tours of furniture showrooms will complete this exciting day.

Speakers: Denelle Wrightson, PSA-Dewberry Architect; Barbara Norland, Rockville Public Library; James Lutz, Texas Christian University

Development’s Next Top Model: Best Practices in Fund Raising

This program will highlight best practices for capital and annual giving campaigns: put a new face on old practices with smart, unique strategy plans for every type of library. A panel of experts revamps donor recognition with a complete makeover; from friend-raising to fund-raising, learn innovative ways of building affiliations and honoring donors. Participants will focus on edgy “e”-merging technologies, the latest trends to date. This exciting day is designed to put you on the fundraising runway.

Speakers: Dana Rooks, Dean of Libraries, University of Houston; Susan Hyatt, Director of Development, The Gelman Library System, The George Washington University; Peter Pearson, President, Library Strategies: A Consulting Group of the Friends of the Saint Paul Pu; Tricia Ambler, Client Services Manager, WealthEngine. com; George Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC, Inc

Living the Balanced Scorecard

Balanced Scorecard (BSC) presenters will take attendees through a day-long case study enabling them to apply BSC’s three broad strategies: customer intimacy, operational excellence and innovative services. Beginning with an overview of theory and practice of BSC and followed by case study work in small groups, participants will work through specific issues from academic and public libraries and will leave with the knowledge and skills needed to implement BSC in their own libraries.

Speakers: Joe Matthews, Matthews & Associates, Carslbad, CA; Susanna Pathak, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries; Kathryn Robinson, Orange County Public Library System

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. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.