Welcome

We believe that public libraries can and do play significant roles in their communities. A 2013 Pew research study said, “95% of Americans agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.” If you’re ready to stretch beyond serving your existing patrons and, instead, think about how to serve the broader community, we hope you’ll join us!

Join us for Our November 19 conference!
Join us November 19 as the inaugural class of the Next-Level Leadership in Small and Rural Libraries presents a free, virtual conference, Leading Big in Small Spaces. Find out more and register here!

Applications are Open for the 2021 Programs!
Apply by November 6, 2020, for the 2021 cohort! We’re looking for 20 motivated library leaders from Michigan’s Class I – IV libraries who are ready to stretch beyond the mechanics of day-to-day library operations and think big about building systems and practices that can take your library to the next level — like strategic planning, partnership-building, school relationships, grantwriting, meeting community needs, summer reading with more impact and less exhaustion, and more. You’ll also build your informal network of like-minded leaders around the state. Due to the pandemic, our 2021 program is deigned to be a warm online experience that caps off in November 2021 with a face-to-face conference in Ann Arbor.

96% of the inaugural cohort gave this program the highest available ratings, and many told us that the combination of funding, formal programs, networking, and collegiality helped them substantially weather the chaos of the pandemic and accompanying restricts.

Thanks to funding from the Library of Michigan and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it is completely free to participate for those accepted into the program. Each participant’s library will receive a $1000 stipend to be used to cover a laptop, travel expenses, professional growth materials, and/or a substitute to cover for you while you are away. Additionally, each library will receive a $1000 project stipend to support a local library initiative focused on community impact. Learn more and apply here.

Got questions? Email nextlevellibrarianship [at] umich.edu.