Surviving and Thriving as a New Library Director 2021

Are you a newly appointed library director in need of support and information? Join us for Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director!

Maxine Bleiweis Head Shot

Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director begins in February 2021 and will address the many issues confronting new library directors. Consultant, coach and speaker Maxine Bleiweis presents an in-depth program addressing the many challenges confronting public library directors. The program will include both group classes and an individual consulting session. The combination of small group support and one-on-one expert guidance offers personalized situational learning and you’ll discover a close cohort of new directors who can support you throughout your career.

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. Suggested readings, podcasts, and discussion of practical scenarios will help you develop your leadership skills. Topics covered will include:

  • coaching and supporting staff
  • personnel issues
  • managing boards and city managers
  • spotting trends
  • leveraging your community for support
  • taking care of yourself
  • community leadership and management style
  • understanding your strengths and weaknesses as a leader
  • specific situations that each attendee is facing




February 1, 2021
Pre-work – Review Provided Materials Prior to the First Class

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
9:00 - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 am

Thursday, March 25, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 am

Thursday, April 8, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 am

One-on-one session – Scheduled individually
1-hour individual consulting session with Maxine Bleiweis

Previous Attendee Testimonials

  • “Maxine really did a great job a boosting my confidence in my new role as director. I also appreciated her approach to library service as I am all about the patron experience and she confirmed that I am making some positive changes here at my library.”
  • “Maxine was very knowledgeable, has great examples and experience, but never came off as a "know it all." She was wonderful.”
  • “I felt it was extremely valuable and loved everything about it.”


Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director will be hosted remotely via Zoom.

Training Rates

Member: $875

Non-Member: $975

*Registration closes January 15, 2021.


Cancellation fee is $150 if cancelled by January 15, 2020

Cancellations January 16 and later are non-refundable.

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 the event.

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.


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