Magazine article American Libraries

LAMA Cultivates Library Leaders

Magazine article American Libraries

LAMA Cultivates Library Leaders

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The Library Administration and Management Association remains the foremost association for aspiring and experienced library leaders from all types of libraries. LAMA's popularity and continued growth are due in large part to a diverse membership that represents all librarians as well as architects, consultants, students, and nonlibrarian professionals in such areas as public relations, finance, and business services.

Highlights of the year

With continued steady growth, LAMA's popularity has boosted membership to 5,000 members. The newest additions help to guarantee the division's place among the innovators of the library world as well as continuing its tradition of nurturing library leaders from the beginning of their careers.

LAMA's President's Program during ALA's Annual Conference in New Orleans, hosted by Catherine Murray-Rust, focused on what institutions and individuals can do to be ready for tomorrow's leaders. A panel of experts shared perspectives on why preparing the next generation of library leaders is important, the role of library education in this process, how aspiring leaders of tomorrow can prepare, and how today's leaders can identify and develop them. Murray-Rust notes that the program served as one more step in preparing and encouraging librarians to become actively involved in the division and in ALA.

This year also marks a new collaboration with the International Interior Design Association. LAMA and IIDA spearheaded the founding of the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards, with more than 115 entries submitted in the inaugural round of the biennial competition. …

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