FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: May 5, 2003

   Contact: Jane Treadwell, 206-6597


Small Public Library Management Institute to be held at UIS


SPRINGFIELD – The directors of more than 50 Illinois public libraries have been selected to participate in the 10th annual Small Public Library Management Institute, to be held June 1 through 6 at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The institute is designed to help directors of public libraries in small communities to enhance administrative and leadership skills so that they are better able to serve library patrons. Jane Treadwell, UIS’ dean of library instructional services and university librarian, is a member of the planning committee. Participants will be housed on the UIS campus during the week.

This year’s institute will be an in-depth exploration of service, promotion, leadership, management, and imagination. The program has been specifically designed as an advanced offering and follow-up for those who have attended previous institutes, and will build on basic concepts and knowledge gained at earlier events. 

Former participants have hailed the institute as among the most exciting and rewarding experiences of their careers. The structure provides ample opportunity for networking, team building, and informal discussion, which allows participants to talk to their counterparts from throughout the state and share information about programs, resources, technology, and other issues that may affect their own town. 

The SPLMI is co-sponsored by the Illinois State Library, Secretary of State/State Librarian Jesse White, and UIS. For more information, contact Treadwell at (217) 206-6597.