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History

In early libraries, librarians typically were responsible for administrative tasks, as well as their regular duties. But as libraries grew in size and complexity, it became apparent that managers were needed to hire, train, and oversee workers; prepare budgets; raise money for capital improvement projects; develop new out-reach programs; manage the library's collection; and handle countless other tasks that librarians were too busy to address. Hence the career of library director was born.

Today, the rapid growth of computer- and Internet-based technology in libraries has created strong demand and new career challenges for library directors. The Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), was founded in 1957. It offers career development and support to library directors nationwide.