Small Library Management - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. When will the new courses be available? Our goal is to roll out all courses by 2025, with a variety of online and in-person options.
  2. How many courses are required to complete each certificate track? Each track will require participants to complete at least four of the certificate track courses. Courses marked with an * are required to complete the track.
  3. Will the old SLM structure continue? The old structure will still be honored until June 2022. Please note that the upcoming Personnel Management course can count towards the Leadership and Management requirement if you are completing the original SLM certificate.
  4. Do I have to choose a track? You can complete one or both. It’s up to you!
  5. What if neither certificate seems right for my needs?
    We are planning on unveiling a Build Your Own SLM Certificate program for those whose training needs fall outside of these tracks. More information will be provided on the SLM website in the near future.
  6. How do I get credit? In-person workshop participants are emailed a certificate of attendance within two weeks of the workshop. For online courses, certificates of attendance may be printed once a course has been completed.
  7. Who is eligible to participate? Anyone in Texas libraries is welcome to participate. Courses are designed for staff without Master’s degrees in Library Science serving communities of fewer than 25,000 people.
  8. Have I completed the required courses? Contact Kathereine Adeberg at or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas) to confirm that you have completed the required courses for the original certificate, or to verify your work towards the new certificates. A Graduation Certificate will be mailed to you. Graduates may request a sample press release or letter of acknowledgement to share with city or county officials.
  9. When will a workshop be scheduled in my town? SLM in-person workshops move to new locations every few years. There are times that a town will host more often, when the location is central to the region and has the amenities necessary to accommodate the workshop attendees.
  10. Is financial assistance available? The Tocker Foundation generously considers applications for financial assistance to offset travel costs. Applicants must be from Texas libraries located in towns of 12,000 or less and at least 80 miles away from the nearest workshop location. Visit the Foundation's website for complete eligibility requirements and the online application.
  11. What if I miss a workshop? For the new tracks, we are planning on offering a variety of in person and online options for most ocurses. For the original certificate, three of the courses are available online. If you missed a Leadership and Management Essentials workshop, you can contact us at to discuss possible alternatives. The 2020 Personnel Management course will also count towards this requirement.
  12. What else is coming? We are planning on updating our tracking system for the program, as well as creating an introductory video to the course.

For information or assistance contact:

800-252-9386 (toll-free in TX)


Page last modified: September 28, 2020