Public Library Management Professional Certificate

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.

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Managing a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace for Public Libraries (edX)

Learn management skills to support workplace diversity and inclusion in a public library setting. You will learn about theories and frameworks that explain the underlying mechanisms of the impacts of diversity and learn how to understand and address the needs of women and underrepresented minorities (e.g. race, color, national [...]
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Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management (edX)

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. Public libraries are becoming dynamic hubs for learning, civic engagement, and community. This course will discuss strategies for gathering statistical and [...]
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Public Library Marketing and Public Relations (edX)

Learn how to develop effective marketing and PR strategies to help share your library’s programs, services, and value with the broader community.
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Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries (edX)

Learn how to increase your impact, innovate, and overcome often static funding through various fundraising and grant writing approaches.
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Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (edX)

Learn how to develop, implement, and adapt a strategic plan to fit the needs of your library. Strategic planning is a strategy for setting an organization’s goals, vision, and desired future. You’ll learn how library leaders, in partnership with trustees, library boards, and/or municipal leadership, use strategic planning to [...]
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Infrastructure Management for Public Libraries (edX)

Learn how library managers and directors make key operational decisions regarding maintenance, insurance, technology, and more.
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Budgeting and Finance for Public Libraries (edX)

Understand financial concepts as well as well as effective practices in budgeting and auditing for library managers at all levels. Money isn’t generally the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about libraries, however it is a critical resource that touches every aspect of the organization. Whether you [...]
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