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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management course in collaboration with University of Michigan - MichiganX. Learn how to conduct research, surveys, and interviews as well as how to analyze data to better assess the local needs and wants of a public library community.

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The Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management course is part of the Public Library Management Professional Certificate from University of Michigan - MichiganX. 

Public libraries are becoming dynamic hubs for learning, civic engagement, and community.

The programme

This course will discuss strategies for gathering statistical and descriptive data about public library communities. Learners will identify local partners in education, social services, government agencies, and more.

While conducting real-world investigations, learners will gain deeper insight into the wants and needs of community organizations. This will empower learners to make better management decisions to address those needs, even in libraries with limited budgets.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn:

  • How to find demographic and persona data from online sources;
  • To conduct environmental scans;
  • How to lead focus groups and interviews;
  • How to analyze data to find patterns, overlaps, and gaps in available community services;
  • To synthesize your findings in a report.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months
    • 4 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Access to a public library community

Tuition Fee

Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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