University of Wisconsin–Madison

Building your management toolkit

One of the roles many librarians eventually take on is that of a manager, but not all management tasks come naturally. Learning and practicing the basics of management and administration as it pertains to librarianship can help all library staff who are in management roles-not only directors. This course is intended for anyone with management responsibilities or those headed for management in the near future. Department heads, branch managers, and library directors will all gain important skills by taking this class.

At a glance

When: Apr 4 – May 15, 2022

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks before the course starts)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #307222

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

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

Course details


  • Personnel management, evaluation, and staff motivation
  • Employment law basics for libraries including volunteer restrictions
  • Creating and managing a line item budget
  • Leadership skills and methods
  • Library advocacy
  • Relationship building and maintenance

Expectations: Each week, you will be required to listen/read lectures, read/review resources, and participate actively in online discussions. The course is designed with working people in mind and assignments will be relevant and practical.

Instructor: Jennifer Bernetzke is the integrated library loan consultant for the Southwest Wisconsin Library System in Fennimore, WI.