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Small Library Management – 20th Anniversary!

2016 March 14
by Katherine Adelberg

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Small Library Management program’s first graduating class!

Celebrate banner. Party flags with confetti. Vector illustration.

Forty two librarians graduated from the brand-new program in 1996. Back then, participants attended in-person courses held every fall and spring, and completed 10 days of training to graduate.

The final series of workshops, “Advanced Management Issues”, covered legal issues, stress management, and confidentiality, all relevant topics 20 years later.

Presenters for the first series of Small Library Management courses were:

  • Julie Todaro
  • Traphene Hickman
  • Judi Fouts Patrick
  • Sheran Hollowood
  • Margaret Irby Nichols
  • Belinda Boon
  • Christine Peterson, and
  • Herman Totten.

Today, the Small Library Management (SLM) program continues to provide training to directors and staff in small libraries. There are 4 required courses, and 3 of them can be taken online. We’ve also supplemented the core offerings with one-day workshops; our current series Growing Your Best Library Team is coming to new sites this spring. Librarians are also welcome to join the Small Library Management email list. It’s a wonderful group of people, and a great place to ask questions.

What are some of your favorite SLM memories? Add a comment below!

Here is the SLM class of 1996*:

*Sometimes errors happen in record-keeping. Please contact me if I’ve made an error.

Benton, Sheri Hansford County Library
Bracken, Darla Friona Public Library
Carter, Denise Maffett Memorial Library
Castillo, Barbara Kirbyville Public Library
Childers, Linda Dallam-Hartley County Library
Childress, Deborah Kountze Public Library
Cockrell, Mary Jo Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library
Cox, Ann Nueces County Public Library
Dawkins, Sandra Buffalo Public Library
Decker, Vicki Collingsworth Public Library
Duewall, Lois Comfort Public Library
Fingerle, Vera Lake Cities Library
Franklin, Nancy Mount Calm Public Library
Gohlke, Lillian Sheridan Memorial Library
Green, Mary Burton Memorial Library
Haile, Dorothy Sherman County Public Library
Hamilton, Lee Ann Atlanta Public Library
Hardy, Lynne Castroville Public Library
Hayes, Sue Austin County Library System
Johnson, Fred Hondo Public Library
Johnson, Linda Kilgore Public Library
Jonas, Cathy Runge Public Library
Koetting, Terri Carson County Public Library
Kotara, D. Annette Karnes City Public Library
Mayo, Nancy Mitchell County Public Library
Meyn, Ann Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library
Neuville, Stephen Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
Newman, Betty Jim Hogg County Public Library
Oliver, Virginia Fairfield Library
Padgett, Doris Sunnyvale Public Library
Poncik, Ruth Nesbitt Memorial Library
Saulsbury, Margie Jasper Public Library
Steiner, Beth Ryker Mares Memorial Library
Thornton, Joanne Pflugerville Community Library
Turk, Chris Quemado Public Library
Vaden, Narcielle Blanche K. Werner Public Library
Weaver, Gladys Navasota Public Library
Wells, Marlene Driscoll Public Library
Welton, Janice Lee Public Library
Whitmire, Pamela Shepherd Public Library
Wilkins, Carla Gibbs Memorial Library
Youngblood, Debra City of Wolfforth Library

































The flier participants received at the Advanced Management Issues workshop:

Please contact Katherine Adelberg at or 512-463-5475 with any questions about Small Library Management.

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  1. March 14, 2016

    OMG, I feel old. As I recall, Julie Todaro, some of the other instructors, and I promised that first group we’d take them on a cruise for graduation. Well, it was only a cruise on Town Lake during TLA annual assembly but, hey, it was a cruise! I’ve been so proud of so many of the graduates who have done such good work in their communities.

  2. Jacqulyn Owens permalink
    March 14, 2016

    I have only been in the library world for 15 years. Many of my friends are part of that first class. I enjoyed being apart of SLM later.

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