Learning from the Librarian Leadership Landscape

Includes a Live Event on 05/20/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

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    • Non-member - $60
    • Individual Member - Free!
    • Student Member - Free!
    • Retired Member - Free!

This program will feature a moderated panel of library leaders—from the legal landscape and beyond—who will share their perspective and experience on leadership over the course of their careers.  Their “leadership stories” will give AALL members insight into what skills are essential to manage complex organizations with varying departmental needs, how they’ve implemented innovative services and programs to achieve organizational success, and how the pandemic has affected them as leaders.  


  1. Participants will learn to identify key leadership skills
  2. Participants will hear how other librarians have led their institutions
  3. Participants will be learn to assess their own leadership skills and identify new ways to put those skills to use 


  • H. Austin Booth, New York University
  • David Mao,  Georgetown University Law Center 
  • John Szabo, City Library of the Los Angeles Public Library


  • Holly Riccio, California Judicial Center Library
  • Shira Megerman, Boston University School of Law

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level



No refunds will be given for any purchased live AALL webinar. This applies to non-AALL members only; live AALL webinars are free for AALL members.

Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by May 5, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

H. Austin Booth
New York University 

Austin has served as the Dean of the Division of Libraries since July 2018.  She received her BAs in English and Economics from Cornell University and her MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley. She has an MA in English Language and Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, both from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Austin is active in the Association of Research Libraries, currently serving on its Scholars and Scholarship Committee and Digital Scholarship Institute Advisory Group. In addition, she is currently a member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Steering Committee and the Governance Board of ArchivesSpace. Her most recent scholarship has focused on evidence-based research in healthcare.


David Mao
Georgetown University Law Center 

David is the Georgetown University Law Center’s chief operating officer. An alumnus of Georgetown, he joined the Law Center administration in 2017 after more than a decade at the Library of Congress.  While at the Library he served in various roles including from 2012-2015 as the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress, and from 2015-2017 as the Deputy Librarian of Congress.


John Szabo
City Library of the Los Angeles Public Library

John is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people. He oversees the Central Library and 72 branches. In 2015, the Library received the nation’s highest honor for library service, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, for its success in meeting the needs of Angelenos and providing a level of social, educational and cultural services unmatched by any other public institution in the city.  He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in public libraries, previously serving as the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Clearwater (FL) Public Library System, Palm Harbor (FL) Public Library and Robinson (IL) Public Library District.  Szabo received his master’s degree in information and library studies at the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Alabama. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also participated in a Group Study Exchange with Rotary International Foundation, visiting libraries and archives in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of OCLC and on the Board of Directors for the University of Southern California’s Center for Library Leadership and Management. He has previously served on the Executive Boards of the Urban Libraries Council and California Humanities and as president of the Florida Library Association.


Learning from the Librarian Leadership Landscape
05/20/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
05/20/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
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