Directors University 2.0

Directors University 2.0

April 9-11, 2024

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Oglesby, IL

Directors University 2.0

Directors University 2.0 (DU 2.0) is the continuation of the successful Directors University. Learning the basics are essential but in order to be successful as a library director further training is necessary. DU 2.0 will dive deeper into topics that were touched on in the prior sessions. 

Priority will be given to directors who attended DU or SPLMI in 2020 or before. 

Topics include: 

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Building Strong Relationships
  • How to Build Board Relationships
  • Discussing Difficult Issues
  • Budgeting – Best Practices and Allocating Funds
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Grant Realities – Prepping for Additional Funding Options
  • Foundations for Creating Great Employees
  • Performance Improvement Plans
  • Succession Training and Transitions
  • Building a Leader: Building Your Career
  • Self Care and Staff Care

The intended audience is past participants of Directors University and SPLMI. The goal of DU 2.0 is to bring that next level of education and knowledge to the participants to help them continue to build knowledgeable, strong Illinois library directors. 

The registration fee is $150; participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Materials, lodging, and meals will be covered by the registration fee and support from the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Approximately fifty participants will be selected to attend, with the intent of maintaining both geographic distribution and variation in size and structure. 

Applications will be accepted until February 12, 2024. Attendees will be notified of their selection by February 23.


Directors University 2.0 is a joint project of the Illinois Heartland Library System, Illinois Library Association, Illinois State Library, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System. 

Logos for IHLS, ILA, ISL, and RAILS

DU 2.0 Committee
Betsy Adamowski, Wheaton Public Library
Amy Byers, Chatham Area Public Library
Monica Cameron, Shelbyville Public Library *
Janet Cler, Tolono Public Library
Jim Deiters, Joliet Public Library
Kathy Parker, Library Consultant *
Alex Todd, Prospect Heights Public Library

Ex-Officio Members
Leslie Bednar, Illinois Heartland Library System
Joe Filapek, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Monica Harris, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Kate Kite, Illinois Heartland Library System
Kate Niehoff, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Kristin Pekoll, Illinois Library Association
Cyndi Robinson, Illinois Library Association
Rita Stephens, Illinois State Library

* 2024 Co-Chair

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