2016 PR Xchange mailing labels now available: send your samples in!

Posted May 4, 2016 by freuland
Categories: 2016 Annual, Awards, Events, LLAMA Sections, LLAMA Updates, News, Public Relations & Marketing, Uncategorized

Are you wondering how to put your back inventory of calendars, brochures, flyers, postcards, annual reports or other print collateral to good use? Send in your printed promotional materials now to share with colleagues at the 2016 PR Xchange program at ALA Annual conference in Orlando. Hundreds of conference attendees drop-in to the PR Xchange event each year to take home copies of PR materials from libraries across North America for their idea files. Please use the mailing labels at the link below to send quantities of at least 50 but no more than 100 each of your printed pieces to the convention center in advance of the PR Xchange program. Your materials will be put out for display and distribution at PR Xchange on Sunday, June 26 between 11am-1:30pm in the Orlando Convention Center, Exhibit Hall—Special events area.

Click here for mailing labels.

2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners Announced

Posted May 3, 2016 by freuland
Categories: 2016 Midwinter, ALA Updates, Awards, Buildings and Equipment, LLAMA Sections

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. This awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries, reflecting the evolving role of the library as a community space.

The seven recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

Billings Public Library; Billings, Montana / will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects

As the only public library serving Montana’s largest metropolitan area, Billings Public Library stands in the urban heart of the community. The 66,000-square-foot library draws from the geologic uniqueness of the surrounding landscape while creating a radiant atmosphere full of natural light. Day or night, the subtle transparency and glow of the grand reading room casts the library as a warm and inviting pavilion of public purpose to anchor to the northern edge of downtown Billings. Designed with community input the library carries sunlight and shadow with unexpected reflections and connects visually to the horizon. The library is a touchstone of sustainable design practices with its LEED Platinum Certification.

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch; Chicago / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch serves as a new civic, educational, and social hub for Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, providing a public space geared toward community activities and technology-based learning. Referencing Feng Shui design principles that resonate with the values held by the community, the library emphasizes flexibility and utility. The building is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification and includes a solar shading screen within the building’s glass curtain wall, a feature that reduces energy consumption by 30 percent compared to a typical library. Adjacent to the “L” and positioned between North and South Chinatown, the library unites the surrounding neighborhoods and enhances the vibrancy and resiliency of the diverse community it serves.

Hennepin County Walker Library; Minneapolis / VJAA

The new library replaces an outmoded subterranean library, reestablishing the street facade that gives Hennepin Avenue its distinctive character. The new stainless steel and glass clad building is a simple figural mass with a civic character. Its form echoes the typical low-rise facades in the neighborhood with simple masses hovering over street level glass. Facades are subtly deformed to respond to the surrounding context: the upper volume is folded to inflect toward the marquee of the iconic 1930’s Uptown Theater and the glass wall at the base is angled back from the street to acknowledge the constant flow of pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles. Rooftop light monitors add an informal quality while animating the interior.

Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion; Lawrence, KS / Gould Evans

The renovation and expansion of this 1970s concrete library has transformed it into a 21st century civic place: from book repository to multimedia community hub. The design solution wrapped all sides of the existing library with a continuous reading room, emphasizing places of spontaneous gathering, reflection and learning. The addition also provides a high-performance thermal envelope engineered to harvest daylight and reduce energy usage. Openings at each corner reveal unique public amenities, including cubbies for children, teen gaming zones, meeting spaces and a coffee bar. Within a few months of reopening, user visits increased 55%, with youth program attendance up 160%.

Renton Public Library; Renton, WA / The Miller Hull Partnership

The original 1966 library structure was constructed to straddle the Cedar River and utilized pre-cast concrete but was not compliant with current energy codes and failing structurally. In addition, its building systems were not able to keep up with the increased demands of a 21st century library—heavy in power and data usage. New cross bracing and raw aluminum siding was detailed to celebrate a structurally expressive and finely crafted exterior expression. The renovation maintained the original super structure, but introduced a new energy efficient exterior envelope with floor to ceiling views to the nearby river. Power/data distribution—vital for modern library functionality—was problematic to expand in a concrete precast structure. The team designed overhead power drops using aircraft cable and steel connections to deliver power to study tables and computer stations.

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre; Toronto / Snøhetta with Zeidler Partnership Architects

The Ryerson University Student Learning Centre is a new campus landmark and a library expansion that bridges seamlessly to the Ryerson Library and Archives. The collaborative learning spaces provides critically-needed space for students and better connects the campus to the vibrant cityscape surrounding it. Inspired by the historical gathering spaces of the Stoas and Agoras in ancient Greece where learning was inherently social, the lively SLC gives students eight uniquely-designed floors of generous space to meet, study, and exchange ideas. The design develops natural conditions for groups of people to interact while also offering areas for controlled and introspective study. Most importantly, it encourages students to make the space their own. Since its opening in March 2015, the new campus landmark has become a popular hub filled with student activity.

Sawyer Library; Williamstown, MA / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The new library complex at Williams College unites the main library with the renowned Chapin Library of Rare Books and the Center for Educational Technology. Filled with abundant community space, group workrooms, classrooms, teleconferencing and a study center, the library is a multifunctional destination for individual and collaborative scholarship. The library’s primary facade is the iconic 1921 Stetson Hall, which has been meticulously restored. The bright white finish of the materials complement the natural light within the main spaces of the building.Cascading along a natural slope towards sweeping views of the Berkshire Mountains, the library spaces look outward while also drawing from the atrium’s social energy that unifies the building’s diverse venues.

Images of the winning libraries are available at: http://www.archdaily.com/785438/2016-aia-ala-library-building-award-winners-announced

News and project descriptions via the American Institute of Architects.

 

Pixey Mosley Chosen New LLAMA Chair-elect

Posted April 29, 2016 by freuland
Categories: 2016 Annual, ALA Updates, Leadership, LLAMA Leadership, LLAMA Updates, News

Pixey MosleyApril 29, 2016 — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Pixey Anne Mosley has been elected as president-elect.  She is Associate Dean for Administrative and Faculty Services, at Texas A&M University Libraries, in College Station, Texas, where she has held a variety of positions since 1995.

Upon hearing of her election, Mosley said, “I’m really pleased to have the support of my peers in the profession and look forward to serving the membership and organization as we work together to position LLAMA to move forward and look to the opportunities of the future.”

In a statement about her aspirations as president, Mosley wrote, “The focus of my LLAMA presidency will be providing continuity for the restructuring efforts of the current leadership team to increase LLAMA’s relevance, agility, and value to members.”

Mosley will begin her term as president-elect in June 2016, and will become LLAMA President in June 2017.

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

 

LLAMA webinar cuts through maze of free software to help you organize library data

Posted April 22, 2016 by freuland
Categories: Continuing Education, Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

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Sure, there is lots of free software out there that can help you organize your library data.  But, who has the time to sit down and figure it all out???  Sometimes a webinar is the quickest way to learn what you need. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Using Google Sheets and Google Sites to Create a Library Data Dashboard,” on Wed., July 20, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

This webinar will demonstrate how you can use Google Sheets and Google Sites to develop a simple library data dashboard that can communicate library data, document data sources, and track progress over time.

At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Improve documentation and communication about library data
  • Explain how Google Sheets and Google Sites are connected and what they can and cannot do in terms of data organization and data display
  • Describe examples of using Google Sheets + Google Sites to display data tables, graphs, and documentation for multiple library types
  • Identify applications for Google Sheets + Google Sites at their own libraries
  • Create their own simple Google Site
  • Share Google Sheets and Google Sites with appropriate relative reporters, and control access using permissions for both data entry and data display access

Who Should Attend:  library administrators, department heads, and survey coordinators

Presenter:  Emily Guhde, Assessment Librarian, Georgetown University Library, Washington, DC

Registration fees:  LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

LLAMA webinar helps you cultivate better supervisor relationships by “managing up”

Posted April 22, 2016 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?  Is it collaborative?  Or, is it the dreaded top-down?  If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective.  Although you may not be able to change your boss, you can improve your relationship significantly by learning how to “Manage up.”  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Managing Up–Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships,” on Wed., June 8, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

This webinar will help you move away from “boss from hell” rants towards more effective and enjoyable collaborations by giving you insights into supervisor behaviors, needs, and expectations; and presenting concrete actions you can take to influence your supervisor.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:  

  • Understand the value and importance of managing up for organizational effectiveness and personal career success
  • Learn why supervisors may make certain choices
  • Identify strategies that build productive and collegial relationships with direct supervisors
  • Understand the ethical limitations of these strategies
  • Cultivate an appreciation for the effect one’s behavior may have when in leadership or management positions

Who Should Attend:  Anyone with a direct supervisor, especially middle managers who are both supervisors and subordinates

Presenter: Michelle Armstrong, Head of Scholarly Communications and Data Management, Albertsons Library, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Registration fees:  LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

Call for Nominations for Representative on IFLA Management and Marketing Section, 2017-2021

Posted April 21, 2016 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, LLAMA Updates

LLAMA is accepting nominations for the ALA/LLAMA representative to the Management and Marketing Section Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).  The selected representative will serve from 2017-21 and is eligible for one reappointment to the 2021-25 term.  Individuals can only serve on one IFLA committee at a time. View the list of IFLA standing committees and current ALA/Unit representatives.

Qualifications
Any LLAMA member can submit a nomination. The nominee should be an expert in the field covered by the section and have knowledge of at least one working language of IFLA (English is an IFLA working language). He/she should also have reasonable expectation of attending meetings of the standing committee.  LLAMA does not provide financial support for IFLA attendance.

Nominations
If interested, please send the following to LLAMA Executive Director Kerry Ward (kward@ala.org) by June 15, 2016:
(a) an indication of acceptance of the nomination by the individual, if you are not nominating yourself;
(b) a short statement detailing the nominee’s qualifications and indication of present position;
(c) affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements

The LLAMA Board will review nominations at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and submit a recommendation to IFLA. If you have questions, please contact Kerry Ward for additional information.

LLAMA webinar presents best practices for communicating your library’s value

Posted March 28, 2016 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Events, Leadership, LLAMA Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

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As library professionals, it’s easy for you and your hardworking staff to understand the value of your library.  But, convincing your stakeholders of that can be another challenge altogether. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “The Value Dilemma: Key Components Used to Express Worth to Leadership,” on Wed., April 13, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).  This webinar will address proven methods for identifying who to communicate with, what to communicate, and how to tool your messages in order to achieve the most positive impact.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:   

  • Know how to identify key stakeholders
  • Be familiar with key metrics for use in creating a value message
  • Have insight into reporting practices that resonate with stakeholders
  • Understand key best practices for communicating value

Who Should Attend:  Directors, managers, administrators and other top level leaders at all types of libraries

Presenter: Constance Ard, Consultant, Answer Maven, Louisville, Kentucky

Registration fees:  LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

Dana Award Deadline Extended

Posted March 23, 2016 by kward
Categories: Awards, Public Relations & Marketing

The application deadline for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD) has been extended to April 1.  The online form and application instructions can be found at: https://johncottondana.nonprofitcms.org/a.

The award, managed by the LLAMA Public Relations and Marketing Section, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be granted by the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and winners will be honored at an awards ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. The event is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.

The competition is open to libraries of all sizes, types and budgets, as well as agencies and associations that promote library service.

JCD entries are organized around the following areas: needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Libraries submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage or other results received along with evaluation of the results and other documentation and supporting materials that show the scope and effectiveness of the library’s strategic communication efforts.

To learn more about the award, see: https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/john-cotton-dana

LLAMA webinar presents new tactics to keep employees engaged

Posted March 22, 2016 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Events, Human Resources, Leadership, Library Organization and Management, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

Now that you finally have that nearly perfect staff in place, your work is almost done, right? Well, maybe not. Keeping your employees engaged and motivated can be an even bigger challenge. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present: “Engaging Employees in the Library: Keep the Energy Going!” on Wed., April 6, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

This webinar will give an overview of research-based tactics for employee engagement, which is the first step toward fostering creativity and innovation. Tactics discussed include flexible working policies, autonomy of time, autonomy of task, and the idea of flow. In addition to the theories behind these ideas, the webinar will feature discussion of their applications in library settings, and practical ways to implement them..

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain research-based principles behind employee engagement
  • Apply engagement principles to the library setting
  • Adapt principles to their own library environments
  • Discuss the importance of employee engagement to innovation

Who Should Attend: Library managers/supervisor at any type of library

Presenter: Julie Evener, Director of Library services, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL.

Registration fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA/LLAMA Election Open

Posted March 17, 2016 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, LLAMA Updates

2016-elections

As a LLAMA member you can directly impact the future of your division through your vote, and we encourage all members to vote in the annual election.  Please see the election homepage for ALA Council and division candidate information, and if you are section member, please be sure to complete your section ballots as well.

Voting in the 2016 ALA elections opens March 15 and closes April 22. Results will be announced April 29.