Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director 2021


The first cohort started their work in early February, the next course will begin in April. Read on for details.

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Maxine Bleiweis

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

Are you interested in becoming a library director in the future?

Are you a library director who would like to connect with other library leaders across the state?

Join us for Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director!


Beginning April 2021, consultant, coach and retired library director Maxine Bleiweis presents this in-depth program addressing the many challenges confronting public library directors.

Designed to help new and future library directors survive and thrive as leaders in the library and community, the Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director course offers a unique combination of small group support and expert guidance.

The program consists of a half-day virtual workshop and three webinar sessions, as well as an individual consulting session with Maxine for the opportunity to get personalized guidance and advice for managing your most pressing challenges. 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

Previous Participant Testimonials

New and future library directors can benefit from the Surviving and Thriving as a Library Director program's personalized training and guidance. Read what participants in the 2019 program say about how it helped them in their careers.

“Maxine really did a great job 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.”


Scott Duimstra Headshot"The Directors Academy gave me such assuredness and confidence in my position. Maxine was wonderful at making connections with each director and the one-on-one conversations were very rewarding. She had such valuable insights and recommendations on how to be an effective director.

I ran into Maxine at an ALA Conference and it was like seeing an old friend. We picked up right where we left off at the academy."

Scott Duimstra
Executive Director
Capital Area District Libraries


Jackilyn Roseberry headshot"Maxine does an incredible job of giving you specific feedback, assistance, and advice to your unique situation and personality.

Usually in a group setting participants feel like the content is vague so you can tweak it to your use, but this program fits your individual needs. Going through this program alongside other library directors shows you are not alone and everyone offers each other support."

Jackilyn Roseberry
Library Director
Fremont Area District Library


Pam Williams headshot"The New Directors Academy was extremely helpful as I entered my new role as Library Director. Maxine provided foundational resources that helped me polish my professional skills, ground my library vision and become confident in my role as Library Director. Her one and one consultation sessions helped me troubleshoot uncomfortable issues and boosted my morale during an overwhelming time of transition. I am glad I made time to take part in this program"

Pam Williams
Library Director
Frankenmuth James E Wickson District Library


Tuesday, April 27 (9:00 – 12:00 pm) – previously scheduled April 29

Tuesday, May 11 (9:00 -10:00 am) – previously scheduled May 6

Tuesday, May 25 (9:00 -10:00 am) – previously scheduled May 20

Tuesday, June 8 (9:00 -10:00 am) – previously scheduled June 3


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

Training Rates

Member: $875

Non-Member: $975

*Registration closes March 26, 2021.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021



The cancellation fee is $150 if cancelled by March 26, 2021. Cancellations received on 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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