Team LLAMA Final Project Site
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We participated in the second year of the American Library Association (ALA) Library Leadership & Management Association's (LLAMA’s) multi-year initiative aimed at discovering data on LIS students’ knowledge of LLAMA, leadership training, and benefits of LLAMA student membership. Building on the work of the 2011 Emerging Leaders Project Team’s (Team N) work, which compiled data on and made connections with LIS professors teaching courses in management and leadership, we collaborated with the LIS professors to create a survey for LIS students on their awareness and perceptions of LLAMA and its value. After consultation with LIS professors and our mentor, LLAMA President Janine Golden, we invited 1,548 ALA student members to participate in our survey with the help of Kerry Ward, LLAMA Executive Director. The data we collected will assist the future 2013 Emerging Leaders Project Team as it collaborates with ALA units to further analyze the data and create strategies for engagement and recruitment of LIS students.


For an overview of the multi-year initiative, see the project phases below. Or for more detailed information, go to our Project Description page.


Phase 1

The 2011 Emerging Leaders compiled data on current LIS graduate courses in management and leadership, including location/frequency and instructor/contact for the course. With this data, they created  a survey determining instructor awareness of LLAMA and the quality/quantity of promotion (if any) of LLAMA as a home for students interested in library management. 


Phase 2

The 2012 Emerging Leaders collaborated with the instructors to design and deploy a survey targeted to LIS students to reveal their awareness and perceptions of LLAMA, view of LLAMA's value, plans for leadership skill development, and opinions of professional organizations.

Phase 3

The 2013 Emerging Leaders will take the data collected in Phase 2 and collaborate with other ALA units (e.g. New Members Round Table, Student Chapters, etc.) to create strategies for engagement and recruitment of LIS students.