Magazine article American Libraries

LAMA Promotes Leadership Excellence

Magazine article American Libraries

LAMA Promotes Leadership Excellence

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The Library Administration and Management Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Originally established in 1957 as ALA's Library Administration Division, the group's name was changed in 1979.

Renowned for its programming and commitment to continuing education, LAMA seeks to advance the knowledge and practice of the administration and management of all types of libraries. The study of leadership and the development of library leaders are at the very core of the division's mission.

Building new leaders

The Leaders of the Pack program, made possible through a World Book-ALA Goal Grant, is a multiyear leadership development initiative. Under the program 10 proteges are selected in a competitive process to receive partial scholarships to attend ALA conferences, LAMA memberships, committee appointments, and mentors selected from among the division's member leaders.

Leadership is also the theme of the 2004 LAMA National Institute. "Creating Library Leaders for the 21st Century: What It Takes to Take the Lead," scheduled for November 18-20, in Palm Springs, California.

ALA Immediate Past President Carla Hayden will serve as keynote speaker. Other participants include ACRL President-Elect Camila Alire, University of New Mexico; PLA Immediate Past President Luis Herrera, Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; John Lubans Jr., North Carolina Central University; Donald Riggs, Nova Southeastern University; Julie Todaro, Austin (Tex.) Community College; and J. P. Wheeler, 3M Library Systems. …

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