New Director Workshop Pathway

For a library to be eligible for State Aid payments in fiscal year 2022 necessary staff must complete this online course by March 1, 2022.

The New Director Workshop, a previously in-person training event held annually in September, is now a self-paced, online course called New Directors Workshop Pathway. The new virtual content is accessed within the Library of Michigan's Niche Staff Skills Academy. The pathway consists of 20 courses taking approximately nine hours to complete. The content provides new library directors with an introduction to the information necessary to administer a public library in Michigan.   

Completion of the entire pathway content is necessary for director certification as part of the qualification criteria for State Aid to Public Libraries.  New library directors for Class 1-6 libraries must complete the pathway within a year of the initial appointment date. 

Participants do not have to notify LM of their completion of the course. LM regularly checks Niche for records of completion.

TIP! Those directors required to complete this course during the first year of their initial appointment should create only one profile in the Niche system to complete the 20 courses. If you complete courses under different logins you will not be able to complete the entire pathway and receive your certificate without taking courses multiple times.

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The project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.