Leo S. Lo
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
I am a change agent, a creative problem solver and a motivator. I joined University of Alabama in 2014 as Head of McLure Library to reimagine and develop a 21st century user-focused, data-driven library.
Previously, I was the Research & Development Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries, where I helped plan the library’s assessment strategy and provided 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 researched best practices, trends, new technology, and organizational models both in and outside of the library field. Working with my department, I synthesized data and research results to create and develop new products/services for the library and our users. I initiated projects, assembled/managed teams, and collaborated 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 served as a member of the Leadership and Management Journal (LL&M) Editorial Board (2011-2013). I also assumed the editorship of a column in the journal called “New Perspectives in Leadership”. Currently, I am the elected Chair of LLAMA’s Library Organization and Management (LOMS) Section.