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.
Part of the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification program.
This course is eligible for the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification Course Scholarship.
At a glance
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
Expectations: The class covers weekly topics through readings, links, power points and discussion questions. You are expected to participate in weekly lessons with online discussions/postings on real-life situations and an assignment related to the topic.
Required Textbook: Small Public Library Management, by Jane Pearlmutter and Paul Nelson. ALA Editions, 2012. Students may purchase the textbook through ALA or any other book store, rent the textbook, or obtain it through inter-library loan.
Instructor: Stacey Lunsford received a B.A. in English in 1988 and a M.A. in Library Science in 2000, both from University of Iowa. She started her career as a library director in her hometown of Hanlontown, Iowa, pop. 201. She has been the director of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater, Wisconsin since 2001 and received a Certified Public Library Administrator designation from the ALA-Allied Professional Association in 2015.