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New Library Director Academy: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director
Monday, February 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Events

MLA New Library Director Academy:
Survive and Thrive as a Library Director

Are you a newly appointed library director in need of support and information?

Maxine Bleiweis Head Shot

Join Maxine Bleiweis for the MLA New Library Director Academy: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director. With 40 years of public library directorship, Maxine instills confidence and explains how to find success and learn from failure.

This program begins in February 2019 and will address the many issues confronting new directors. The program includes an in-person workshop, three webinars, an individual consulting session with Maxine, and wraps up with a networking event. Suggested reading and discussion of practical scenarios will help you develop your leadership skills. Topics include:

  • personnel
  • managing boards and city managers
  • spotting trends
  • leveraging your community for support
  • taking care of yourself
  • community leadership and management style

While management books and courses can be helpful, this approach bridges the vast gulf between theory and practice to help you thrive as a community leader and public library director. The combination of small group support and expert guidance offers personalized situational learning and you’ll discover a close cohort of new directors who can support you throughout your career.

Cost for the entire program including follow up sessions is: $875 for Members/ $975 Non-Members


Dates and Times

Monday, February 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.
In person
Location: Lansing

Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Monday, April 8, 2019
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Date and Time TBD
Individual consulting session with Maxine

Date TBD
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In person (wrap up and networking). Additional networking/trouble shooting opportunities for academy graduates are also planned.
Location: MLA Office, Lansing


Registration Rates

The deadline to register is January 18, 2019.




By 1/18/19




Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail no later than ten (10) business days prior to the first session in order to qualify for a refund. Within ten (10) business days of the first session, no refund will be issued.  No-shows will be invoiced. There are no discounts for missed sessions. A $150.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds for Academy. 

MLA Initiated Cancellation: If a Michigan Library Association professional development workshop, conference, webinar, or other training session is cancelled due to low registration or inclement weather, participants will be notified and fees, if applicable, will be refunded.


Contact: Leanne Sandoval at [email protected] or (517) 394-2774 ext. 223