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Directors University Postponed

UPDATE: The Director's University Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone this event from June 1-5 until later in the summer or fall of 2020. 


The fourth annual Directors University will be held June 1-5, 2020, at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois. Lodging  will be at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams Street. This week-long University is intended for first-time directors and directors new to Illinois from public libraries of all shapes and sizes.

The five-day series of workshops will train public library directors for their new executive roles. The University will also provide opportunities for networking and team building through lectures and small, informal discussions. Participants are required to attend all workshops. Topics for the week include:

  • Library & Employment Law
  • Policies
  • Budgeting
  • Board-Director Relations
  • Leadership
  • Illinois State Library and System Competencies

The registration fee for the week is $150; participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Materials, lodging, and meals will be covered by the registration fee and support from the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Applications will be accepted until March 31. Attendees will be notified of their selection by April 17.


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Directors University is a joint project of the Illinois Heartland Library System, Illinois Library Association, Illinois State Library, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System.