Advanced Directors 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 Advanced Directors Workshop Pathway, previously an in-person training event held annually in September, is now a self-paced, online course. The new virtual content is accessed within the Library of Michigan's Niche Staff Skills Academy. The pathway consists of several courses taking approximately 6 hours to complete. The pathway content provides new library directors with an introduction to concepts and information to support their work as administrators of public libraries.

Completion of the online pathway is necessary for director certification as part of the qualification criteria for State Aid to Public Libraries.  All are welcome to complete portions or all of the content while it is a requirement for Class 4, 5, and 6 directors to complete the entire pathway within two years of their initial appointment.

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

TIP! Those required to complete this course should create only one profile in the Niche system to complete the lessons. If you complete individual pieces under different logins you will not be able to complete the entire pathway and receive your certificate without taking the individual parts multiple times.

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