Magazine article American Libraries
The Association's Associations: LAMA: A New Era Begins
The Library Administration and Management Association is embarking on a new era of identifying, encouraging, and nurturing tomorrow's leaders. LAMA recognizes the constant technological, economic, political, and cultural changes faced by those in the library profession. Success in managing a changing environment is crucial. LAMA can help managers meet these challenges with various tools and support mechanisms. LAMA is leadership, advocacy, education, research, diversity, and achievement recognition.
Leadership means advancing the development of future library leaders, introducing leadership recognition, and ensuring meaningful experiences for member leaders.
LAMA's advocacy involves promoting library management best practices, identifying management issues, and engaging in an interchange of innovation and creativity. It rewards outstanding library advocacy efforts with the John Cotton Dana Public Relations Awards funded by the H. W. Wilson Company.
LAMA has developed a diverse set of educational activities and is partnering with other divisions and associations in programming efforts. LAMA publishes timely and informative works in a variety of formats and numerous books. Several regional institutes are presented each year to equip library staff with the know-how to tackle tough challenges on the job. …