Library Leadership and Management Association

Four Projects Receive 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Sept. 18, 2020 - the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding four libraries with the 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

Learn how to improve your library’s processes and make documentation easier with this Core webinar

CHICAGO - Have you ever tried to write a how-to manual or other documentation for your library’s processes? Have you gotten overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start, or too busy keeping up with your day-to-day work to take a step back and document it? Most of us know that documentation is important to continuity and sustainability of processes in library work, but it’s a very easy thing to write off as too hard, or to mentally set aside for a “slow period” that never comes.

LLAMA webinar: "Soliciting Feedback -- Up, down, and sideways"

All too often professional development related to feedback focuses on how we give feedback as managers, and less often about how we solicit feedback to improve our own performance, and perhaps more importantly, how we respond and take action based on what we've heard. The Library Leadership and Management Association will present, "Soliciting Feedback: Up, down, and sideways," on Wednesday, August 12, from 1:30-3:00 pm, Central Time.

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards announced

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 29, 2020 — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) of the American Library Association (ALA) have awarded eight winners this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards. Each library receives a $10,000 grant provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The 2020 winners will be honored at a reception held by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) at the 2021 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The 2020 John Cotton Dana Award Winners are:

Niles-Maine District Library

2020 PR Xchange Award Winners Announced

The PR Xchange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year's PR Xchange Awards Competition.  The PR Xchange Committee is charged with coordinating the annual awards competition, under the direction of the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). This year, we have awarded 25 "born digital" winners and 25 "originally print" winners.

Congratulations to the winning libraries!

Free LLAMA webinar explores sustainability in the era of Covid-19

A note on COVID-19: We know many of our members are working virtually, and LLAMA will continue to support you with a combination of free and paid continuing education opportunities. If you have questions please contact Fred Reuland at

CHICAGO — The uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the dislocations it has wrought are raising many new questions about the design, operations and sustainability of library buildings. What does this mean for the future of library buildings?

LLAMA webinars while you work from home

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association is offering webinars you can enjoy while working from home.

Free Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 1:30-3 p.m. Central: "Managing Remote Library Teams: a webinar to help you work from home"

With many libraries unexpectedly transitioning to working from home recently, librarians are facing new and unexpected challenges managing teams that have never worked remotely before.

ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will hold first joint President's Program featuring Meredith Clark

CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for a joint President’s Program featuring Dr. Meredith Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA).