Small Library Management Training Program
What is the Small Library Management Program?
The 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.
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:
- Management and Leadership Essentials
- Collection Development
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 Management and Leadership 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
The SLM email list lets you keep in touch with us about upcoming workshops and the latest news, and share with your fellow SLM-ers about topics relevant to small library managment. Subscribe to the list here.
Once your subscription request has been processed, you will receive an email with basic instructions, including how to post to the list. Contact Thea if you have any questions about your subscription.
Financial Assistance for Travel to SLM Workshops
Continuing 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, and access the application in Microsoft Word format here.
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 Thea Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-936-4449, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).