Eight recipients honored with the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Posted April 12, 2017 by freuland
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East Boston Branch Library

Chicago – April 6, 2017 – The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today the eight recipients to receive the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Community of Practice and the AIA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residences, as represented by the recipients of these awards.

Boston Public Library, Central Library Renovation; Boston

William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

The renovation of this 156,000-square-foot civic monument provides immersive and engaging learning experiences for patrons inside as well as pedestrians who pass by. Originally constructed in 1895, this renovation has dramatically transformed a wing of the library from a solid stone bunker to an inviting light-filled space that spills out into a newly defined public plaza. The interior space was carefully reconsidered through the lens of a 21st-century patron to address the needs of all visitors, from pre-readers to adults. To further serve as a hub for education and innovation, the library boasts a range of spaces for both formal and informal convening. A 340-seat auditorium, open space for performances, and a conference center have helped increase public interest and the free flow of ideas. The greatest benefit to patrons, however, is the much more fluid connection between both wings of the library.

Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall; Columbus, Ohio

JBAD

Surrounded by lawns, meadows, and planting beds, the library’s façades are clad in metal panels complemented by storefront glazing with varying levels of transparency—greater in public areas and less in staff and support areas. The simple configuration, flooded by reading-friendly northern light, provides maximum flexibility for the rapidly changing needs of modern libraries. Having achieved LEED Silver certification, the library’s sustainable strategies can be noted throughout. Interior fins and external louvers on the library’s west-facing glass control heat gain while still providing quality reading light, and advanced HVAC systems in the public areas provide service from only the perimeter, allowing easy accommodation of new technologies and future opportunities. Further adding to the library’s arsenal of teaching tools, a series of LED screens displays the structure’s energy performance in real time.

East Boston Branch Library; Boston

William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

With its glass façades overlooking the 18-acre park that emerged from the city’s Big Dig project, the new library boasts an airy column-free reading room with dedicated areas for adults, teens, and children. The open plan allows families to visit together and not be corralled into separate rooms, while clear sightlines maximize staffing efficiency. Shelving on casters lends extra flexibility, allowing librarians to curate the collections over time and adapt to the evolving needs of a modern library.  Capping the library is an undulating roof that admits ample daylight to fill wood-wrapped common areas. The site was a former brownfield and, beyond its transformation into a civic hub, the library has a number of sustainable features. In addition to high-performance mechanical systems and proximity to mass transit, a stormwater garden greets visitors at the sidewalk, with signage describing its role in promoting the health of Boston Harbor. Overshooting the city’s target of Silver, the new library received LEED Gold certification.

National Library of Latvia; Riga, Latvia

Gunnar Birkerts Architects; Associate Architect: Gelzis-Smits/Arhetips

The new library, at nearly 600,000 square feet is situated at the terminus of a bridge spanning the River Daugava. It was envisioned as a place to store, preserve, and make accessible the country’s cultural heritage. To that end, it is supported by state-of-the-art technology that allows for easy digitization and safe storage. The library’s form dovetails with functionality by accommodating the various collections areas. Presented in vertical arrays in appropriately sized spaces, they all connect to the central stack core. A full wall display of books donated by Latvians as a symbolic gesture soars through the atrium and teases the massive adjacent stack area. The atrium itself, with its central stair, provides connectivity to all the public levels and serves as a unifying element that illustrates the library’s logical organization and circulation.

New York Public Library Stapleton Branch Renovation and Expansion; New York City

Andrew Berman Architect, PLLC

Expanding from a single-room Carnegie branch library that had served Stapleton, Staten Island, for a century, this project has created a new 12,000-square-foot library that better serves the community. Open, inviting, and accessible, the project stitches together new and old buildings, and provides equal space for tactile and digital learning opportunities. Restored to its original design, the existing Carnegie library now houses the children’s area, while the expansion on the other side of a transparent community room contains teen and adult reading areas and research facilities. The library’s exposed-wood structure provides rhythm and richness, while the glazed façade supplies natural light and invites participation. Additional natural light comes courtesy of multiple framed skylights, and the variegated surfaces of the roof and façade diffuse and deflect sound waves to soften the acoustics of the open plan.

Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center; New Orleans

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Funded entirely through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recovery program, the project involved the restoration of a 1917 Arts and Crafts bungalow that serves as a community center and reconstruction of an adjacent 6,300-square-foot library wing. Together, the new library and restored community center provide the neighborhood with an innovative 21st-century facility that offers ample opportunities to engage with technology and alternative educational outreach programs. The project has achieved LEED Silver certification, with all its aspects bearing hallmarks of sensitive community engagement. Key programmatic elements—evident in the catering kitchen and café—reference the importance of culture as the driving force that helps communities recover from disaster. With food and its preparation playing a pivotal role in the lives of so many Louisianans, the adjacency of food and words is the perfect match for a very New Orleans–style approach to sustainability.

University of Oregon Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library Remodel / Expansion; Eugene, Oregon

Opsis Architecture LLP

Guided by feedback provided by the University of Oregon’s student body, this project included a complete renovation and addition to an existing underground library. Atop an 48,000-square-foot underground library, the project added 4,000 square feet of new space. Occupying a difficult site wedged between two buildings, sub-floor-to-high-ceiling windows illuminate the commons space with natural light. A new entry pavilion supplements a brutalist courtyard that exacerbated the subterranean conditions of the existing library and maximizes available light below. A wood curtainwall sprouts organically in the courtyard, creating a calming forest atmosphere that completes the expression of light and nature. Students and faculty have enjoyed the variety of spaces, with some students remarking that they had forgotten they were underground since the space no longer feels like a basement.

Varina Area Library; Henrico, Virginia

BCWH, Associate Architect: Tappe Architects

Firmly rooted in its natural environment, the library’s design was inspired by the community’s vernacular. With a series of pavilions that emerge and cascade down the landscape, the design’s simple palette and forms evoke an assemblage of tobacco barns. Inside, the new library provides countless opportunities for patrons to engage with the collections and the staff.  The client and the design team worked hand in hand to develop an intuitive floor plan that maximizes views of the natural setting, further amplified by a back porch–style overlook in the rear of each pavilion. To provide easy access for its nearly 300,000 cardholders, the library’s configuration allows for quick transactions when needed. Following that directive allowed the team to consolidate programming and take a balanced approach to open day-lit spaces and enclosed quiet spaces, and to increase efficiency in the mechanical systems and ductwork runs.

The jury for the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards includes: Will Bruder, FAIA, (Chair) Will Bruder Architects; Duncan Ballash, AIA, EHDD; Luren E. Dickinson, Beaumont Library District; Ameet Doshi, Georgia Institute of Technology Library; Alan Grosenheider, UCSB Library and Alexander Lamis, FAIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

About the American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

About the Library Leadership and Management Association

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association  is to advance outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.  Visit http://www.ala.org/llama.

Position: Library Leadership Training Consultant

Posted April 7, 2017 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Education, Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

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Description: The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks a consultant to develop a series of online leadership and management skills training courses based on LLAMA’s recently adopted 14 Library Leadership Competencies. This program is intended to help increase participants’ overall competence in library leadership. The first year of this multiyear project will act as a pilot program and will consist of the development and delivery of two-to-three courses.

Courses will:

  • Support LLAMA’s brand as a provider of high quality leadership education for library professionals
  • Provide a model for future course development that is affordable and easily accessed by a larger number of students than most available library leadership programs
  • Be asynchronous and self-paced
  • Serve both LLAMA members and non-members

About the LLAMA Leadership Competencies:

LLAMA has developed definitive competencies for library leaders and managers across roles, career stages and library types. The LLAMA Board of Directors recently approved 14 foundational competencies that will guide LLAMA’s professional development activities and will give individual practitioners a common set of concepts and definitions that can be used for personal leadership and management development, benchmarking and evaluation.

About LLAMA:

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association is to advance outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders.

Compensation:

Candidate will be paid on a per course basis for development and delivery.

Requirements:

  • Proven success with design and delivery of online courses and library leadership training
  • Familiarity with online learning concepts and best practices
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as organizational development, organizational psychology, library and information science (IMLS), or related field
  • Preferred experience with multiple types of libraries including public and academic

This position will report to the LLAMA Continuing Education Program Officer.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume/CV, links to any previous relevant work, and a broad estimate of your course development fees to:

Fred Reuland
LLAMA Continuing Education Program Officer
freuland@ala.org

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Reminder – ALA Leadership Inst Applications Due April 13

Posted April 6, 2017 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, Leadership

Applications for the 2017 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 7-10, Q Center, St. Charles, Illinois) will be accepted through April 13, 2017. Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its fifth year, the institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

The application form as well as details and guidelines are at http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ala-leadership-institute. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Miguel Figueroa

Posted March 7, 2017 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present “Learning and Leading Together Toward the Future of Libraries,” on Mar. 29, at 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Central Time. This free webinar, featuring Miguel Figueroa, is part of an ongoing series highlighting thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries.

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (www.ala.org/libraryofthefuture), an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Register online:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/272619891220776963

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

Posted March 2, 2017 by kward
Categories: LLAMA Updates, News

Felicia Wilson, Assistant Director of Collections & Technology at the Nashville Public Library, is featured in the latest Member Spotlight. You can read about Felicia 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.

Eight Winners Will Receive $10,000 Development Awards

Posted February 22, 2017 by kward
Categories: 2017 Annual, Awards, Public Relations & Marketing

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation at an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

Entries for the 2017 JCD are submitted electronically and must be received by March 17, 2017. More information, including entry documents, can be found at: https://johncottondana.nonprofitcms.org/awards.

The award is named after John Cotton Dana, the father of the modern library who is credited with helping transition libraries from reading rooms to community centers. JCD submissions include strategic library communications campaigns from libraries of all types and size. Submissions have included rebranding efforts, promotion of unique archives, awareness campaigns and community partnerships. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider unless they are represented on the JCD Committee.

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.

In recognition of the achievement, JCD award winners receive a cash development award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The John Cotton Dana Awards are presented during an awards ceremony hosted by EBSCO Information Services held during the American Library Association annual conference.

2017 ALA Leadership Institute Application Open

Posted February 17, 2017 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, News

The application process for the 2017 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 7-10, Q Center, St. Charles, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 13, 2017. Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its fifth year, the institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

The application form as well as details and guidelines are at http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ala-leadership-institute. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

LLAMA Webinar series expands communication skills beyond speaking and writing

Posted February 16, 2017 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Events, Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News, visual design

Andy SpackmanMost people tend to think of speaking and writing when they hear the term communication skills. However, those are only two of the skills librarians need to effectively communicate with their users, colleagues, and stakeholders.  Increasingly, professionals choose to utilize visual design skills to communicate information and ideas more clearly and efficiently.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a series of two new webinars: “Data Design Made Simple,” on Mar. 16, and “Slide Design Made Simple,” on April 6. This series will present basic design skills that will help participants increase their competency in communication skills, one of LLAMA’s 14 foundational leadership competencies.

“Data Design Made Simple” — Thurs., Mar. 16, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Central Time

Participants will learn:
-The difference between exploratory and expository data visualization
-Design concepts for the non-designer, and how they apply to data graphics
-How to create simple, focused charts and tables that communicate meaning and inspire action

“Slide Design Made Simple” — Thurs., April 6, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Central Time

Participants will learn:
-Design concepts for the non-designer, and how they apply to slide presentations
-How to navigate the information density spectrum and create clean, powerful slides
-Ten traps and techniques for slide design

Who Should Attend: This series is ideal for librarians of all types at all career stages.

Presenter: Andy Spackman is Business and Communications Librarian at Brigham Young University, where he also teaches communication in organizational settings for the Marriott School of Management. Andy received his MBA from BYU and his MLIS from the University of North Texas.

Registration:

Single Webinar: 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

Series of 2 Webinars (20% savings for the series): LLAMA member $78; Non-LLAMA member $94; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $318; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $382; Student: $46

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 these webinars 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.

New Volunteer Opportunity

Posted February 10, 2017 by kward
Categories: LLAMA Leadership, Volunteer

As part of the ongoing reorganization, LLAMA is creating a new Content Coordinating Team. This team will bring together LLAMA’s different educational content streams in a strategic manner and guide the development of new content to better align with the recently adopted Foundational Leadership Competencies.  The majority of new team members will initially come from existing committees (Program, Continuing Education, LL&M, etc.), but we also want fresh perspectives on the team, so we are recruiting two members-at-large for two-year terms. If you would like to volunteer for one of these positions, please email LLAMA President-Elect Pixey Mosley (pmosley@tamu.edu) an email with a brief (less than 200 words) statement describing the perspective or insights you might bring to the team. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2017.  Please click the above link to review the team’s charge, deliverables, expected time commitment, etc.

LLAMA Board Adopts Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted February 10, 2017 by kward
Categories: 2017 Midwinter, LLAMA Leadership, News

At the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the LLAMA Board of Directors adopted the following statement as a reaffirmation of the organization’s values and aspirations in the current political climate:

LLAMA Board of Directors Statement on Libraries and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, January 20, 2017

On this Inauguration Day, the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Board of Directors wants to reiterate our organizational values and aspirations. The recent national election and its aftermath have exposed deep divisions in our country and spurred a passionate and necessary debate over how our libraries, our association and our members will respond to the incoming administration.

As library leaders and managers:

  • we create and protect spaces for inquiry and dialogue, where we celebrate the free exercise of conscience and belief and we respect the inherent dignity and individuality of our users, especially those who are unsafe or afraid in the aftermath of the election;
  • we provide reliable and diverse sources of news and analysis of current events and help community members investigate, contextualize, and critically analyze the information they seek; and
  • we acknowledge and embrace the inherent complexities in defining ourselves and allowing our community members to define themselves, and we believe that by talking with each other respectfully, we all grow in mutual understanding.

However, respectful dialogue and inquiry differs from harmful actions. Many in our communities have experienced threats, vandalism, hate crimes, acts of racism, and violence. LLAMA condemns and deplores this bigotry and violence, and we call on library leaders and managers to do the same.

LLAMA exists to serve our members and the profession, and we are committed to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within our organization and our institutions. Where these values are challenged in the years ahead, we will stand in loud opposition and join with others who do as well. We urge you, as our members, to stand with us.

Beyond these words, we also vow action. We are reorganizing our division specifically to provide the training and support our members need to be true leaders in their libraries and their communities. We will also create opportunities for our members to continue this conversation, so we can discuss challenges, share bold ideas, and learn from our peers.

As always, thank you for your membership and your support.