Leo S. Lo

I am a change agent, a creative problem solver and a motivator. I challenge conventional thinking as the Research & Development Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries, where I conduct assessment, and develop new products, programs and services.

I help plan the library’s assessment strategy with my department and provide assessment services, including survey design, ethnographic studies, statistical analysis, and focus group moderating. My assessment background comes mainly from my PhD research training in Sensory Analysis & Consumer Evaluation. Through this program, I have gained experience in using various statistical software and languages such as SAS, R, and SPSS. I am trained in using qualitative research software such as Atlas.ti., and have completed an intensive Focus Group Moderator’s training at RIVA Training Institute along with a select group of market research professionals from Fortune 1000 companies.

In addition to assessment, I research best practices, trends, new technology, and organizational models both in and outside of the library field. Working with my department, I synthesize data and research results to create and develop new products/services for the library and our users. I initiate projects, assemble/manage teams, and collaborate with colleagues in various departments.

An active member of the American Libraries Association (ALA) since 2007, I was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader in 2010. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) (2010 - 2013), a division of ALA, I chaired the association's Diversity Task Force (2010 - 2011), and serve as a member of the LL&M Editorial Board (2011-2013). . I am excited to serve on the Editorial Board of Library Leadership and Management Journal (LL&M), the official journal of LLAMA, where I assume the editorship of a column in the journal called “New Perspectives in Leadership”. Most recently, I was elected the Vice-Chair of LLAMA’s Library Organization and Management (LOMS) Section.