Basic Public Library Administration

When: Sept. 9 – Dec. 1, 2024 (12 weeks)

Where: Online & Asynchronous (see more info)

Cost: $470 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 3.5 CEUs/35 LEUs

Program #: TBD

Registration is currently closed.

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What people are saying…

Extremely informative and well put together- every bit of it was valuable information. This was information that I’ll probably use to some degree or another every day for the rest of my career.

The course was a great overview of key aspects to being a new library director.

A public library director needs to possess a wide range of skills to be successful. This course is intended to introduce new and future directors to the basics of public library administration. The emphasis will be on the reality of day to day operations, challenges, and opportunities to provide excellent service to your community.

This course is a requirement for the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification. Wisconsin library directors taking this class are eligible to apply for a certification course scholarship.


  • History and mission of public library
  • Roles of professional organizations, library systems, and networks
  • Working with elected and municipal officials
  • Responsibilities of the director, staff, and trustees, including open meeting laws and by-laws
  • Intellectual freedom and confidentiality
  • Financial Management 1: introduction to budgeting
  • Financial Management 2: developing and implementing a budget, reports and record keeping
  • Financial Management 3: budget presentations, fundraising, and grant writing
  • Library Services: customer service, programming, organization and selection of materials, reference
  • Interlibrary loan, delivery, shared systems, digital resources


This course is offered twice a year starting in January and in September.


Headshot of CindyHelping information organizations see the big picture is Cindy Fesemyer’s passion as the Principal of Fesemyer Consulting, LLC, specializing in community engagement, qualitative assessment, strategic planning, engaged leadership, and staff training. Previously she served 2.5 years at the Wisconsin State Library and 7 years as Director of the Columbus (WI) Public Library, named a finalist for Library Journal’s 2017 Best Small Library in America. She was a Trustee for the Madison Public Library for 8 years. Cindy earned her MLIS from UW-Madison in 2012.