Professional Development Opportunity: Directors University

The first annual Directors University will be held June 5-8, 2017 in Springfield.  This week-long state-wide initiative is intended for first-time public library directors from all size public libraries.

The workshops will train public library directors on both administrative and leadership skills. The University will also provide opportunities for networking, team building, small informal discussions, and more.

Lodging will be made available at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams Street, Springfield.

All workshops will be held at the Illinois State Library. Participants are required to attend ALL workshops. Topics for the week will include library law, policies, budgeting, board/director relations, leadership, community partnerships, employment laws and more!

The registration fee for the week is $100, and each participant will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  Program materials, lodging, and meals will be secured with sponsorships.  

Fifty participants will be selected to attend with the intent of maintaining both geographic distribution and variation in library size. Applications will be accepted March 1 through 5:00 PM on March 27.  Please note that previous SPLMI graduates are not eligible to apply.

Attendees will be notified of their selection in early April. 

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If you have questions, please contact Ellen Popit at 618-889-6598 or