Juror Application Available for 2016 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards

Posted November 18, 2014 by kward
Categories: 2016 Annual, Awards, Buildings and Equipment

The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is seeking jurors for the 2016 ALA/AIA Library Buildings Award competition. Jointly sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the prestigious competition recognizes excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.

The 2016 Juror Application is due via email by January 23, 2015. The BES Library Building Awards Committee will select a diverse set of jurors based on type of library, geographic area, experiences with building projects, and previous jury experience. Applicants are required to be ALA/LLAMA members.

Anticipated time commitments for selected jurors include:
• Attending jury orientation at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco
• Virtual review and discussion of entries, and selection of winning projects in early 2016
• Attending the Awards Presentation Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and participating in the orientation meeting for new jurors

For questions about serving as a juror, please see the application form or contact Kay Runge, Chair of the BES Library Building Awards Committee; or Kerry Ward, LLAMA Executive Director, kward@ala.org, 800-545-2433 x5036.

LLAMA webinar helps you manage career transitions

Posted November 7, 2014 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

Navigating through the transition to a new job as a librarian can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a challenge. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Transitioning to a new role: issues, best practices, and managing expectations”, on Dec. 3, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will help you learn how to start out on the right foot, manage relationships, maneuver within different organizational cultures, and handle delicate situations, while being open to new or unexpected opportunities. Our experts will discuss the perspectives of a new manager, a librarian in a new role, and an organizational development specialist, using an interview format and sharing engaging “stories from the front”.

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

  • Define what to expect from typical onboarding programs and what to do if you aren’t provided with much direction;
  • Identify techniques for setting the right tone in new boss/subordinate relationships;
  • Compare various types of organizational cultures so that you as a new employee can quickly develop an appropriate work style;
  • Recognize the value of maintaining an open mind, even when your situation is not what you anticipated.

Presenters: Christine Dulaney, Director of Technical Services, American University, Washington, D.C.; Katherine Simpson, Director of Strategy & Communication, American University; Olivia Ivey, Public Affairs Librarian, American University

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

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.

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

ALA Award Deadline is Dec. 1

Posted November 7, 2014 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, Awards

Every year, the American Library Association and its member units honor people and institutions through an awards program that recognizes distinguished service to librarians, librarianship, and communities.

The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 – August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact. The award is presented during the ALA President’s Program. The ALA Cultural Communities Fund sponsors the award and the $5,000 prize.

The deadline for applying is December 1. The application can be found on the award’s homepage.

LLAMA webinar presents a new model for interviewing as a recruitment tool

Posted October 24, 2014 by freuland
Categories: Continuing Education, Events, Human Resources, Leadership, LLAMA Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News, Uncategorized

For many academic institutions that do full-day, on-site interviews of librarian candidates, the interview process is a grueling one that is intended to identify and weed out less desirable candidates. But this can send mixed messages to candidates and result in losing talented or diverse candidates. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Using the Interview as a Recruitment Tool, “on Wed., Nov. 19, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time). This webinar will present a new model, implemented at Texas A&M University, with restructured interviews where participants are coached on effectively engaging with candidates.

By the end of this webinar, participants will understand how to redesign librarian interviews and set up in-house training programs to move away from a model meant to ‘weed out’ a candidate to one that retains the top, diverse candidates and motivates them to choose your institution.

Presenters:  Pixey Anne Mosley, Associate Dean for Administrative & Faculty Services, Texas A&M University; Jan Pfannstiel, Manager of Employee Resources, University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Primary audiences: Academic unit heads, search committee members, and human resources officers

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

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.

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.

Career Institute on Project Mgmt Announced

Posted October 22, 2014 by kward
Categories: Education

Congratulations, your boss has just handed you a new project. So what do you do now? LLAMA’s latest Career Institute, Project Management for Librarians: Planning for Success, will help you answer that question. The full-day institute will be held Friday, January 30, during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

This interactive course will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully manage projects in all types of libraries. Using everyday scenarios to practice and apply key concepts, participants will be able to:
• understand and manage the project lifecycle
• identify stakeholders
• set objectives
• define activities, schedules and costs
• assemble and manage teams
• monitor and report progress

The institute will be led by Jennifer Sweeney, Ph.D., a library management consultant and adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing and Information Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has had leadership roles in academic, public, and special libraries, and has been developing management workshops and training sessions for librarians since 2006.

Registration prior to December 1 is recommended as space is limited. Click here to register for the institute or to add it to your existing meeting registration. Just look for Ticketed Events under the Registration tab. You can also register for the institute without an ALA Midwinter Meeting registration.

The following fees cover workshop materials and light refreshments; lunch is on your own:
• $175 for LIS Student Members and ALA Retired Members and current and past ALA Spectrum Scholars, ALA Emerging Leaders, ALA Leadership Institute participants (choose the “Other Member” category to receive the discounted rate)
• $205 for LLAMA Divisional Members (use code “LLAMA2015” when registering)
• $255 for ALA members
• $305 for Non-Members
On-site registration of $305 is subject to availability.

The LLAMA Career Institute was introduced in 2007 to support active and ongoing career development for early- and mid-career professionals.

For additional information, please contact LLAMA at llama@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5032.

ALA President-elect Sari Feldman will kick off series of webinars featuring library thought leaders

Posted October 20, 2014 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Education, Events, Leadership, LLAMA Leadership, LLAMA Updates, News

Sari-headshot-2014-100x100In today’s rapidly changing library environment, innovative ideas and practices are more important than ever before. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present the first in a series of 60-minute webinars featuring library thought leaders from a wide variety of library types and sizes. ALA President-elect Sari Feldman will kick off the series with a free webinar on Nov. 12, at 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Central Time.

Sari is a past president of the Public Library Association (2009-2010), and has served as Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) since June 2003. Under her leadership, CCPL has become one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems, earning the Library Journal 5-Star recognition for five consecutive years (2010-2014). Prior to joining CCPL, Sari was Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library, the nation’s third largest public research library. Sari also serves as president of the board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

She previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, teaching graduate courses in library management, reference services, policy and grant writing for more than 20 years. She was honored in 1995 with the Vice President’s Award for Teacher of the Year.

Sari was named a 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement and recognized for her achievements by Smart Business Magazine. She was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. She is the recipient of the David C. Sweet Leadership Academy Alumni Community Leadership Award and the Leadership Academy’s 2002 Community Impact Award. Sari received the 2008 Jane Donelson Player of the Year Award from the USA Toy Library Association and, in 2011, was named a Woman of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business. In 2013, Sari was honored with the Public Library Association’s Charlie Robinson Award for innovation in library service.

Sari has presented on public libraries both nationally and internationally and written widely for professional publications.

To register for this free webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/100000000065013950

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

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 President’s Message – Fall 2014

Posted October 13, 2014 by kward
Categories: LL&M, LLAMA Updates

Diane Bruxvoort currentAs your new President, I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself. I’ve worked as a professional librarian in public and academic libraries for over three decades in Texas, Florida, and now in Aberdeen, Scotland. I’ve been in leadership and/or management positions for most of that time since my second position was as the assistant manager of a branch library. Libraries have seen many changes in these three decades – a huge understatement – but the need for leadership in our institutions is a constant. My most recent challenge brought me here to Aberdeen as the University Librarian and Director at the University of Aberdeen. As the chief administrative officer my role is 99% leadership. Operational functions are handled by others and my role is to set direction, ensure resources, build collaborative relationships across the institution and the profession, and be certain all staff have satisfying work that satisfies our users. Replace “staff” with “members” in the previous sentence and it could stand as my job description as your president. I look forward to a challenging and satisfying year working with members across the association as we continue to build a productive and inclusive organization.

As with all associations today LLAMA has many challenges ahead, but we also collectively have a wealth of knowledge and abilities that will stand us in good stead. At annual conference in Las Vegas we asked for input from our members through an open kitchen table conversation session and through discussions with our executive board members. As usual you came through with great ideas and interesting possibilities. The people involved in the discussions were an interesting mix of new and seasoned (not old) members. I have copious notes from the meetings along with a stack of post-it notes used by the attendees to add their notes to mine and bring emphasis to important points. The slips are currently grouped by topic and subtopic on a table in my office, and will serve as a springboard for further discussion, for programs and changes in the coming year, and will inform a new strategic directions document in 2015.

Very broad themes emerging from the discussions included membership, programming, networking, and restructuring, and I will be addressing these in detail in future messages. Today I’d like to discuss two slips that didn’t fit well into any of the categories and were basically at opposite ends of the operational spectrum. The first slip put forward the idea that if LLAMA is struggling for members maybe its work should simply be subsumed into the type of library (PLA, ACRL, etc.), and LLAMA end its existence as an organization. Now before you react with righteous indignation (as I wanted to) consider that when looking at anything you should consider all angles if you want the whole picture even if you quickly dismiss some of them. LLAMA as an organization needs to be able to identify the work they want to accomplish and their audience for this work. Who are we, what are we doing, and for whom? These are legitimate questions that may help us identify the strong core that needs to remain intact as we consider questions such as restructuring.

The second slip went the other direction. The writer suggested that LLAMA put on their own conference. It works for PLA and ACRL, why not for us? Would this be an opportunity to highlight the services we have to offer? Could it be occasional, regional, serve specific audiences? Again, this seems like a slightly crazy idea. In tough times the tendency is to contract not expand, but again we need to look for ways to move forward and consider all options in doing so.

The reality is that the future of LLAMA probably lies somewhere in between these two extremes. I strongly believe that we have too much to offer to let ourselves be subsumed, but I also don’t see us putting on a conference in the near future. I do see a group of professionals working together to tackle questions such as: How do we serve all types of libraries? Can we work together more on a regional basis? How do we help members who don’t attend conference be actively involved in the organization? Can we be more collaborative, within and without the association? We will answer these questions and more, and it’s my privilege to work with each of you as we develop plans for this vital and productive organization, today and in the future.

Diane Bruxvoort (dbruxvoort@abdn.ac.uk) is University Librarian & Director for the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Published August 2014 in LL&M.

LLAMA webinar explores marketing with Facebook

Posted October 10, 2014 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, LLAMA Updates, News, Public Relations & Marketing, Uncategorized

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Are you making the most of Facebook for marketing your library?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “If they like you, they will come: Leveraging Facebook ads for your library”, on Wed., Nov. 5, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time). This webinar will feature proven examples of using Facebook to successfully publicize significant library programs.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of including social media advertising in their marketing plans.
  • Be familiar with various Facebook campaign objectives, bidding models and sample scenarios in which Facebook advertising could boost their library’s social media presence.
  • Have a clear understanding of the difference between paid ʺsponsored storiesʺ and ʺboost your posts.ʺ
  • Learn best practices for getting the maximum amount of attention from your patron base.
  • Be familiar with additional paid options that can attract individuals to ʺlikeʺ your organization’s page and educate them about your important programs, events and key services.

Presenters:  Allison Moonitz, Assistant Director, Mahwah Public Library, Mahwah, New Jersey;  Kurt Hadeler, Director, Mahwah Public Library, NJ

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

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.

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

LLAMA webinar identifies core competencies of assessment

Posted October 6, 2014 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

Do you know what skills are needed to obtain or succeed in a library assessment position? The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) can help you find out. LLAMA’s Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section (LLAMA-MAES) will present “Core Competencies for Librarians Engaged in Assessment,” on Wed., Oct. 29, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will present research from the LLAMA-MAES Education Committee that provides a practical foundation for understanding core competencies in library assessment positions.  Trends in hiring for library assessment skills will be shared, as well as training needs identified through the research.  Resources for developing skills in the top ten skill areas will be provided.

By the end of this webinar participants will:

  • Be familiar with recent research on job descriptions related to library assessment.
  • Learn about the top ten skill areas needed for positions with assessment responsibilities.
  • Have a new template for creating jobs in library assessment.

Target audiences: Librarians creating or hiring positions involving library assessment, anyone looking for a library position involving assessment, and all those interested in developing skills in assessment.

Presenter: Sue Erickson is the Director of the Hofheimer Library at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.

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

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.

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.

In the Member Spotlight: Eileen Theodore-Shusta

Posted October 2, 2014 by kward
Categories: LLAMA Updates

Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Director, Planning, Assessment & Org. EffectivenessEileen Theodore-Shusta, Director of Planning, Assessment and Organizational Effectiveness at Ohio University, is featured in the latest Member Spotlight. You can read about Eileen here.

Throughout the year, the Membership Committee features a new member in the Member Spotlight. It’s a great way for you to you meet your colleagues and find members with similar interests. To see yourself in the spotlight, just send an email to the Membership Committee with some basic information. A member of the committee will then follow up with you. It only takes a minute and the committee would love to hear from you.