Gail A. Kennedy elected LLAMA Vice-president

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For Immediate Release

May 19, 2009

Gail A. Kennedy, director of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library at the University of Kentucky, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) with more than 4,000 members.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to play a leadership role in LLAMA," Kennedy said.  "LLAMA faces the challenge, as do all professional organizations, of remaining relevant to members and developing new models of service.  LLAMA has embraced this challenge, and I look forward to being a part of the progress ahead. In a time when strong leadership and management skills are indispensable, LLAMA will continue to grow as a vibrant community nurturing and supporting library leaders at all levels.”

Kennedy received a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 1974 and has been a member of LLAMA for 19 years. Active in LLAMA’s Buildings and Equipment Section (BES), Kennedy currently chairs the Interior Design Awards Committee and was a mentor for new librarians in LLAMA’s mentoring program. She has also served on LLAMA’s President’s Program, the joint ACLR/LLAMA Interdivisional Committee on Building Resources, and chaired the Buildings and Equipment Section. Kennedy will begin her term in July 2009, at the close of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association,, 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.