University of Wisconsin–Madison

Basic Public Library Administration

A public library director needs to possess a wide range of skills to be successful.

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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

When: Feb 3 – Apr 26, 2020

Where: Online

Cost: $425 (10% discount until Jan 19)

CE Credit: 3.5 CEUs/35 LEUs

Program: 305520

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration.

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Register online

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

Register by mail: Print a registration form

Payment and Cancellation Policy

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

Course details


  • History and mission of public library
  • Roles of professional organizations, library systems, and networks
  • Working with elected and municipal officials
  • Intellectual freedom and confidentiality
  • Financial Management 1: introduction to budgeting
  • Financial Management 3: budget presentations, fundraising, and grant writing

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  • Interlibrary loan, delivery, shared systems, digital resources
  • Expectations

    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.