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Learn how to thrive as a public library manager

Professional Certificate in
Public Library Management

What you will learn

  • Understand your community’s wants and needs via various assessment tools and synthesize them into a plan;
  • Be an effective fiscal steward via budgeting, long-term planning, and savvy financial practices;
  • Gain an awareness of how to plan for maintenance, infrastructure, utilities, technology, and related expenses;
  • Manage a thriving workforce via effective diversity practices, hiring, evaluation, and other personnel issues;
  • Promote the work of the library through marketing and public relations practices;
  • Expand the library’s impact via effective grant writing and crowdfunding efforts.

Whether you earned a library science degree or entered the profession from another career, this Professional Certificate program will help you take your career as a public library manager or director to the next level. With our team of professors and expert practitioners, you’ll hone your skills in budgeting and finance, personnel, diversity, identifying community needs, strategic planning, managing infrastructure, marketing, and grant writing.

The program will be taught through job-embedded assignments that will help make the learning relevant while strengthening your capabilities. Those who complete the program and earn the Professional Certificate will be well-prepared for public libraries’ common management responsibilities.

Expert instruction
8 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
8 months
2 - 3 hours per week
Discounted price: $424.80
Pre-discounted price: $472USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. MichiganX's Public Library Management Professional Certificate

  2. 4–5 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to conduct research, surveys, and interviews as well as how to analyze data to better assess the local needs and wants of a public library community.

  3. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn management skills to support workplace diversity and inclusion in a public library setting.

  4. 2–4 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn the foundational principles of personnel management and leadership.

  5. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Understand financial concepts as well as effective practices in budgeting and auditing for library managers at all levels.

  6. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how library managers and directors make key operational decisions regarding maintenance, insurance, technology, and more.

  7. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to develop, implement, and adapt a strategic plan to fit the needs of your library.

  8. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to increase your impact, innovate, and overcome often static funding through various fundraising and grant writing approaches.

  9. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to develop effective marketing and PR strategies to help share your library’s programs, services, and value with the broader community.

    • In a series of recent Pew research studies, 95% agree that public library materials and resources “play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”
    • 94% of Pew respondents say “having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.” 81% say public libraries provide services hard to find elsewhere.
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a 2% growth in public library jobs between 2014-2024. Our goal is not so much to grow jobs but also to allow for professional development to extend existing capacity for those interested in career growth.
    • There is a critical opportunity to strengthen American communities by bolstering the expertise of those who work for the nation’s most-trusted institutions and helping them develop future-friendly, community-driven institutions.

Meet your instructors
from The University of Michigan (MichiganX)

Larry Neal
Clinton-Macomb Public Library
Kristin Fontichiaro
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Michigan School of Information
Lionel P. Robert
Associate Professor of Information
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Information
Josie Barnes Parker
Ann Arbor District Library, Michigan

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Program endorsements

I'm so pleased to see that the University of Michigan has developed this eight-course public library management MOOC for professional certification. U of M's new eight-course MOOC is perfect for new and aspiring library managers and directors.

Christine Lind Hage , Director, Rochester Hills Public Library; Past President, Public Library Association

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Pre-discounted price: $472USD
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