Public Library Management, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | United States
8 months
352 USD/full
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Public Library Management in collaboration with the University of Michigan - MichiganX. Learn how to thrive as a public library manager.

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Whether you earned a library science degree or entered the profession from another career, this Professional Certificate program will help you take your career as a public library manager or director to the next level. With our team of professors and expert practitioners, you’ll hone your skills in budgeting and finance, personnel, diversity, identifying community needs, strategic planning, managing infrastructure, marketing, and grant writing.

The program will be taught through job-embedded assignments that will help make the learning relevant while strengthening your capabilities. Those who complete the program and earn the Professional Certificate will be well-prepared for public libraries’ common management responsibilities.

Job Outlook

  • In a series of recent Pew research studies, 95% agree that public library materials and resources “play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”
  • 94% of Pew respondents say “having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.” 81% say public libraries provide services hard to find elsewhere.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a 2% growth in public library jobs between 2014-2024. Our goal is not so much to grow jobs but also to allow for professional development to extend existing capacity for those interested in career growth.
  • There is a critical opportunity to strengthen American communities by bolstering the expertise of those who work for the nation’s most-trusted institutions and helping them develop future-friendly, community-driven institutions.

The Public Library Management programme is a Professional Certificate offered at University of Michigan - MichiganX.

Programme Structure

What You'll Learn:

  • Understand your community’s wants and needs via various assessment tools and synthesize them into a plan;

  • Be an effective fiscal steward via budgeting, long-term planning, and savvy financial practices;

  • Gain an awareness of how to plan for maintenance, infrastructure, utilities, technology, and related expenses;

  • Manage a thriving workforce via effective diversity practices, hiring, evaluation, and other personnel issues;

  • Promote the work of the library through marketing and public relations practices;

  • Expand the library’s impact via effective grant writing and crowdfunding efforts.


Expert instruction

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months
    • 2 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 specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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