Basic Public Library Administration
February 15 - May 6
$415  10% discount if you register by January 31!
3.0 CEUs/30 LEUs

Course #3077

This course is one of four required courses in the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification Program

A public library director needs to possess a wide range of skills to be successful. This course is intended to introduce new and future directors to the basics of public library administration. The emphasis will be on the reality of day to day operations, challenges, and opportunities to provide excellent service to your community.


  • History and mission of public library
  • Roles of professional organizations, library systems, and networks
  • Working with elected and municipal officials
  • Responsibilities of the director, staff, and trustees, including open meeting laws and by-laws
  • Intellectual freedom and confidentiality
  • Financial Management 1: introduction to budgeting
  • Financial Management 2: developing and implementing a budget, reports and record keeping
  • Financial Management 3: budget presentations, fundraising, and grant writing
  • Library Services: customer service, programming, organization and selection of materials, reference
  • Interlibrary loan, delivery, shared systems, digital resources

Expectations: The class covers weekly topics through readings, links, power points and discussion questions. You are expected to participate in weekly lessons with online discussions/postings on real-life situations and an assignment related to the topic.

Textbook: The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide for Manager and Boards by Murray Dropkin, Jim Halpin, and Bill La Touche. 2nd edition

Renting the book via Amazon or using ILL is encouraged!

Instructor: Rose Frost is currently the Director of the rural Starke County Public Library System in Knox, IN. Prior to that she was the Director of the New Albany/Floyd County Public Library in New Albany, IN serving a population of 74,000.  Previously, she was the Director of the Platteville (WI) Public Library, a member of the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.  Rose has also held positions as a public library consultant and grants coordinator for the Utah State Library in Salt Lake City and a library director for eleven years in rural and urban Michigan communities. She has also worked in K-12 school library media centers and community college libraries.  She completed her M.L.S. from the University of South Florida in Tampa and has taught this course since 2010.

To register:

ONLINE - Basic Public Library Administration

PHONE - Pyle Center Registration Office: (608) 262-2451

FAX or MAIL - Print out a registration form

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer