University of Wisconsin–Madison

Advanced Public Library Administration

Public library administration encompasses a myriad of duties, capabilities, and skills.

You may have started working with your board, gotten through your first budget cycle, and now know that there are some main “library functions” such as reference, selection, cataloging, and youth services.  But what about hiring and supervising staff, working with volunteers, marketing your services, and advocating for support? Fear not: we’ll cover those topics, and many more, in this course that will add to your knowledge, and equip you to lead and direct your public library with confidence.


At a glance

When: Sept 9 – Dec 1, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $425 (10% off when you register by Aug 25)

CE Credit: 3.5 CEUs/35 LEUs

Program: 307520

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration. If you need to pay with a check, please use the form below and mail the check with your registration.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Registration Form Fall 2019

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course details

Part of the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification program.

This course is eligible for the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification Course Scholarship.


  • Relationships with local, state, and federal entities
  • Federal and state library law
  • Effectively working and communicating with your library board
  • Hiring and training staff
  • Personnel management and policies
  • Staff supervision, evaluation, discipline; employment laws
  • Volunteer supervision
  • Space planning and capital improvements
  • Building and facilities management and policies
  • Building safety/OSHA and ADA compliance
  • Marketing, advocacy, and strategic planning
  • Working with media
  • Networking

Required Textbook: Fundamentals of Library Supervision, Third Edition (ALA Fundamentals Series) by Beth McNeil, 2017. (ISBN: 9780838915547)


Pass/Fail grade is based on reading weekly material, participation in online discussions, and the completion of short assignments.


Angela Noel is the director at Brodhead Memorial Public Library and has worked in libraries in Wisconsin since 2014. Prior to working in libraries, she spent over 10 years working in nonprofit administration. Angela received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.