Thirteen distinguished library directors in Tennessee graduated from the Public Library Management Institute recently, increasing their knowledge and understanding of the unique role libraries fulfill in their communities.
Don Miller, director of Greeneville-Greene County Public Library, was one of the graduates.
“I’m proud of Mr. Miller for going the extra mile to get this training,” Senator Steve Southerland said. “That type of dedication is what defines a public servant.”
Representatives Jeremy Faison and David Hawk also commented on Mr. Miller’s efforts.
“Libraries mean so much to our communities, so we need them to be the best they can possibly be,” Representative Faison said. “This training gives librarians the tools they need to succeed. I extend my thanks to Don Miller for going through this training to help serve Greene County.”
“Librarians across the state should look into this program, if they haven’t already,” Representative Hawk said. “This kind of training helps provide better service to the people who are paying for our public libraries.”
Secretary of State Tre Hargett applauds Mr. Miller for his commitment to the success of public libraries.
“I commend Mr. Miller on this accomplishment,” Secretary Hargett said. “Our public libraries are more than places to check out books. Libraries also provide valuable services such as job training and Internet access. Greene Countians are fortunate to have a library director willing to demonstrate the additional commitment needed for our libraries to reach even greater heights.”
The Public Library Management Institute, started in 1995, is a three-year program for library directors who do not have master’s degrees. Each year, participants gather at Fall Creek Falls State Park for a week of intense training sessions and networking with fellow library directors in similar situations. Participants are from small towns all over the state.
“Over the years of the program, library directors develop skills in public speaking, personnel management, using technology effectively and managing change, among other things,” State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill said. “All of these skills are essential for guiding public libraries through their transition into the digital era.”
“This management course gives library directors the tools they need to help transform their libraries into community hubs,” said Wendy Cornelisen, who coordinated the most recent training program for the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Including the 13 most recent graduates, the program has graduated 157 people since its founding.