Directors University

Directors University

June 5 – 8, 2017

Springfield, IL

The first annual Directors University will be held June 5-8, 2017. This week-long University is intended for first-time public library directors from all size public libraries.*

The workshops will train public library directors on both administrative and leadership skills. The University will also provide opportunities for networking, team building, small informal discussions, and more.

Lodging will be made available at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams Street, Springfield.

All workshops will be held at the Illinois State Library. Participants are required to attend ALL workshops. Topics for the week will include library law, policies, budgeting, board/director relations, leadership, community partnerships, employment laws, Illinois State Library and system competencies, and more. 

The registration fee for the week is $100, and each participant will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  Program materials, lodging, and meals will be secured with sponsorships.  

Fifty participants will be selected to attend with the intent of maintaining both geographic distribution and variation in library size. Applications will be accepted March 1 through 5:00 PM on March 27.

Attendees will be notified of their selection in early April. 

*Note that previous SPLMI graduates are not eligible to apply.

The week’s schedule of workshops will be made available by the end of April.  The workshops will start at 1:00 PM on June 5 and end at 2:00 PM on June 8.

Contact RAILS, IHLS and Directors University Co-chairs with questions and concerns.


Joe Filapek, Consulting and

Continuing Education Manager

Phone: 630-734-5132



Ellen Popit, Membership and Grants Director

Phone: 618 -985-3711 ext. 624


Directors University Co-chair:

Betsy Adamowski, Director, Wheaton Public Library

Phone: 630-668-1374


Directors University Co-chair:

Kathy Parker, Director, Glenwood-Lynwood

Public Library District

Phone: 708-758-0090


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