Tennessee State Seal
Local Librarians Complete Specialized Training
(Published: May 23, 2012)

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.

“I commend our directors and library branch managers on this great 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. Tennesseans are fortunate to have library directors 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.