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What is the Leadership and Management Section (LAMS)?
LAMS is the only organization within NYLA that addresses topics related to leadership and management issues in all types of libraries.
LAMS members include students and library staff who work in public, school, academic and special libraries.
How do I join?
Each NYLA member gets to chose a complimentary section with their membership. You can select the LAMS section option when you join or renew your NYLA membership. You can also add LAMS as a second section for an additional small fee per year for individual members. [more information]
Who should join LAMS?
Any student or library staff member who has an interest in leadership and management topics.
What are the benefits of joining LAMS?
LAMS offers a unique forum for learning about new developments in library management, as well as resources for finding answers to some of the more elusive questions facing administrators in their daily work. Now that LAMS is a section of NYLA, there are many opportunities to get involved or influence its direction and priorities, including:
Programs: LAMS usually sponsors four programs at the NYLA annual conference. Past programs have covered crisis management, statistics from community analysis and focus groups, space planning for new technologies, personnel issues, and time management. In 2000, we sponsored a daylong LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association of ALA) institute "Organizational Culture: Transforming Your Library for Success" in Albany.
Web site: In addition to posting issues of the LAMS Bulletin, information about the Section, and the organization's bylaws and officers, the web page has Civil Services Titles available in .pdf format as well as the Librarian's Guide to Civil Service. Both publications were developed by the Human Resources and Professional Development Committee (HRPD), which merged into LAMRT in 2002, becoming LAMS in 2003.
How can I participate in LAMS?
LAMS welcomes a broad range of participation in the organization. You can serve on a committee, chair a committee, participate in informal discussions at NYLA, offer suggestions or comments at officer meetings or membership meetings held at NYLA Annual Conference, help staff the LAMS booth, manage the LAMS web site, assist in program planning and implementation. The options are unlimited and we welcome your suggestions!
What are LAMS's concerns?
LAMS's concerns are your concerns. Some of the topics we have explored recently in programs and in the LAMS Bulletin and the LAMS web site include:
- Changing an organization's culture
- Services to patrons who have been laid off
- Censorship and privacy
- Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
- Hiring systems staff
- New and emerging technologies
- Staff incentives in a recession era
- Reasonable accommodation and the Americans with Disabilities Act
How do I volunteer?
Contact a Board Member to let us know that you are interested in getting involved!