Natasha Dass-Ford appointed New Leaders’ Representative to the LLAMA Board

Dass-FordNatasha Dass-Ford, a librarian at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, NC, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as the New Leaders’ Representative to the LLAMA Board of Directors.  Her appointment was recommended by LLAMA President Catherine Friedman and confirmed by the LLAMA Board at the recent ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Friedman selected Dass-Ford from over 30 applications and nominations.  The position is intended to bring a new leader’s perspective and ideas to LLAMA’s decision making and future planning. The New Leaders’ Representative is a voting member of the Board and has the opportunity to contribute to LLAMA’s journal, Library Leadership & Management.

Dass-Ford said, “I want to make a meaningful contribution to LLAMA by displaying my leadership abilities while working in a ‘team’ atmosphere connecting and collaborating with other librarians about innovative technology and library services.  I feel that with my background as both a paraprofessional and a supervisory library in Youth and Adult Services I will bring a lot to the table and am excited and willing to learn from other library professionals.”

Dass-Ford received her MLS from North Carolina Central University.  In her current position, she serves as a supervisory librarian managing and coordinating the staff and programming of the information services department.  Prior to this position, Dass-Ford was a Library Associate II, also in the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center and was a Teacher/Instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College.  In addition to being a member of ALA and LLAMA, Natasha is a member of the North Carolina Library Association, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  Dass-Ford has twice been awarded the exceptional Employee Award by the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (May 2013 and May 2008).

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