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What is the Small Library Management Program?

SLM training program logoThe Small Library Management Training Program (SLM), now over 20 years young, is an ongoing educational program to provide management and foundational library skills to those without Master's degrees in Library Science who work in small community (25,000 or less population) libraries in Texas.


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We are updating our program! For more information visit our recent blog post here.

SLM is intended to provide intensive training for small community library managers and staff in the areas of administration, management, policy development, collection development, reference services and technology planning.

By attending these sessions, participants:
  • Benefit from enhanced leadership skills
  • Are empowered with a sense of authority and professionalism
  • Gain the expertise needed to revise and create policies and procedures
  • Gain a greater understanding of their roles as information professionals
  • Become part of a support network of professional colleagues

Training Needed to Complete the Program

SLM consists of four required core components:

  • Leadership and Management Essentials
  • Collection Development
  • Reference
  • Technology

Each component includes some options for taking portions of the required training online, so you can have your training right when you need it. The Leadership and Management Essentials component, because it offers library staff an opportunity to network, requires at least 2 days of in-person attendance at a workshop.

And, once you have completed the core SLM program, you can continue to enhance your knowledge with SLM Advanced workshops and courses. For interested library staff, we regularly offer workshops or coursework for variety of topics not covered by the core SLM program.

SLM workshops are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Read Course Descriptions and Register

Click here to connect to our course description page, where you can find all the details about workshops, courses, online alternatives, and registration.

Keep in Touch

Small Library Management now has a Facebook group! To join the Small Library Management (SLM) program Facebook group, sign into Facebook and search for the “Small Library Management Program (Texas)” group and request to join. You can also access by going here: In this group, members will be able to get SLM news, ask their colleagues for professional insight, and network in a digital area. Those who join this Facebook group should have a clear connection to Texas libraries (i.e. work in a Texas library, attend library school, etc.).

If you would like to know what is happening in libraries around Texas, considering signing up for our Libraries in the news around Texas email list. The Libraries in the news around Texas newsletter is a weekly curation of news stories featuring libraries in the state of Texas. Sign up here if you would like to receive this weekly email:

Contact Kyla Hunt if you have any questions about the Facebook group or the Texas Libraries in the News weekly email.

Financial Assistance for Travel to SLM Workshops

tocker foundation logo imageContinuing a tradition established in 1995, the Tocker Foundation accepts applications for financial assistance to offset travel costs (hotel, mileage, etc.) for Texas libraries whose service population is 12,000 or less. Visit the Foundation's Librarian Travel Stipends page for more information.

Completed forms should be submitted at least 10 days before date of the workshop you wish to attend.

General Small Library Management Tools and Resources

Looking for sample policies, or more information on other topics in small library management?  Click here.

Answers to Your Questions

Take a look at our FAQ page here for answers to commonly-asked questions about the SLM program.

Still have questions? Contact Kyla Hunt at, 512-936-4449, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Page last modified: January 29, 2019