New Library Directors resources from the Utah State Library

Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System

New Library Directors Handbook from the Montana State Library

Guide for Public Libraries from the Library of Michigan

Library Directors One-Stop Guide from the Indiana State Library

Wyoming Public Library Director’s Handbook

Trustee Manual from Washington State Library. Contains useful information for directors.

Library Director Toolkit from the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Idaho Public Library Directors Survival Guide

Library Director Manual from the State Library of Iowa


Webinars and E-Courses

Library Director courses from WebJunction. Registration required, but free.

Public Library Director 101 Series. COSLA.

Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors. WebJunction. Write up of webinar with link to recording at the bottom. Registration required, but free.



Crane, Douglas. 2016. May I Ask You a Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders. Public Libraries Online.

Garrison, Scott and Jennifer E. Nutefall. 2014. Start by interviewing every librarian and staff member: A first step for the new director. College and Research Libraries News.

Kenney, Brian. 2015. So, You Want to Be a Library Director? Publishers Weekly.

Lent, Alex. 2015. How to Become a Library Director. LibFocus.


In-Person Workshops and Trainings

New England Library Leadership Symposium from the New England Library Association

Certified Public Library Administrator Program from the ALA Allied Professionals Association


Other Resources

Library Orientation and Training Checklist for New Library Directors from Winnefox Library System

Tips from the Trenches: Advice from Directors who have been there, done that! Indiana State Library.