The art and architecture that Penrose Library Director Dalia Hagan studied and treasured as an undergraduate will serve her well in her newest station in the American Library Association.

Hagan was recently elected chair of the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Administration and Management Association. LAMA is a division of the ALA.

  Dalia Hagan
  Dalia Hagan

“I’ve spent much of my professional career working within this particular division of the American Library Association because of my personal interest and academic background,” she said. “Libraries, be they academic or public, must be designed to facilitate learning and foster a sense of interdependence among all members of our communities.”

The Building and Equipment Section includes librarians, architects, interior designers, library trustees and others. All are “dedicated to fostering this vision,” Hagan said, through publications, seminars, conference programs, community events and the development of building standards.

Hagan’s term is for two years, one as vice-chair and one as chair. As vice-chair in her first year, she’ll attend all ALA executive meetings, work in tandem with other sections and make appointments for several committees. As chair, she’ll serve on ALA’s executive board.

“That year, I’ll represent the ALA on a national level regarding library building issues, helping bridge the connection between the design community and librarians,” she said.

Hagan will work closely with the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association to promote exceptional library design. Each association cosponsors biennial awards with the ALA.

Hagan took over as director of Penrose Library in June 2006 after 17 years as library director at Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Wash. She has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“I can think of no other college (besides Whitman) where the intersection of academic programs, excellent faculty, engaged students and library resources come together to form such a dynamic learning environment,” she said.

Keith Raether
Office of Communications, Whitman College