Small Library Management Program

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.


We are updating our program! The original structure will still be honored until December 2022. Please note that the online Financial Management course can count towards the Leadership and Management requirement if you are completing the original SLM certificate.


We are offer two certificate tracks in the Small Library Management Training Program. Your feedback indicated that small public library directors come to their position with two basic training needs: to implement the core functions of libraries, or to improve their leadership and management skills. These two distinct tracks will help us provide more focused, flexible training to better meet your needs.

The Leadership and Management Certificate is designed for those wanting to improve their skills in personnel or volunteer management as well as long-range planning. (Complete 4)

  • Introduction to Financial Management (online course available now!)
  • *Personnel Management (online and in person course coming in 2020)
  • *Library Professionalism and Values (online course coming in 2021)
  • Additional courses to be announced

The Library Operations Certificate is designed for those wanting to successfully implement the core functions of public libraries. (Complete 4)

  • Collection Development (online course available now; update in progress)
  • You Can Do I.T. (online course available now!)
  • Technology 101 (online course coming in 2020)
  • *Library Professionalism and Values (online course coming in 2021)
  • Additional courses to be announced

*Required for track completion

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 us 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 us at , 800-252-9386 (toll-free in TX) or at 512-463-5465

Page last modified: September 21, 2022