2024 Management Cohort Series

Follow in the footsteps of other great managers you’ve encountered and join the Management Cohort Series. Up to 20 library professionals are selected annually for this exclusive management skills training opportunity focused on practical skill development for middle managers. Our sessions are led by Beka Lemons, Executive Director of the Huntington-City Township Public Library. Join colleagues from across the state for this excellent professional development opportunity and become the boss you would like to have. 

Applications for the 2024 Cohort are now open!
Submit your application by clicking HERE.

This cohort series is designed for middle managers. 

The 2024 Management Cohort Series consists of eight interactive Zoom sessions from September 6 - December 13, 2024. The sessions will take place every other Friday. All sessions are from 9:00AM - 12:00PM EDT. Participants must commit to attending at least six of the sessions. 

The sessions will cover these topics:

  • Session 1 - Welcome/Introductions, Facilitation Skills, Leadership and Management Styles
  • Session 2 - Communications, Emotional Intelligence
  • Session 3 - HR for Managers, Performance Evaluations, Diversity and Ethics
  • Session 4 - Conflict Resolution
  • Session 5 - Team Building, Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Session 6 - Change Management, Project Management
  • Session 7 - Problem Solving, Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Session 8 - Forward Thinking, Budget Creation and Presentation, Marketing and Advocacy


  • $175 to participate.
  • The application will go live July 8.
  • The deadline for applications is August 11


Earn up to three LEUs per session. You must actually attend the session to earn the LEUs. If you attend every session you can earn 24 LEUs. 


Past attendees share their Cohort experiences
"This course will inspire you, whether you're currently managing or aspiring to become a manager, and will teach you everything you need to lead others in a respectful and meaningful manner."
"I learned so much about management in this program, and feel all new management staff would greatly benefit from the material."
"This was a great way to get management training and talk through real-world issues that come up as managers."


2024 Budget Workshop

The 6th annual 2024 Budget Workshop will take place over the course of one day and will be eligible for LEUs. The workshop will be led by staff from the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and members of the ILF budget tactical team, including Lynn Hobbs, Sandy Petrie, Beka Lemons, and Melissa Merida. Over 120 library professionals have experienced this program since its inception. 

For only $50, this is a prime opportunity to review your budget line-by-line and prepare it for budget approval. After the program, you'll have the opportunity to join frequent zoom calls with the ILF budget tactical team to refine your budget(s). 


  • $50 to participate. 
  • The workshop will occur on Friday, July 12 at the Brownsburg Public Library.
  • Begins at 9:30AM and ends by 4:00PM (typically ends closer to 3:30PM) 
  • Light breakfast snacks, coffee, juice, soda, & water will be served in the morning and boxed lunches during the day. 
  • Registration closes on Sunday, June 23
  • Space is limited - only 40 seats are available for this workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be started for any cancellations. 

    Registration for the 2024 Budget Workshop is now closed. 

 For questions please reach out to [email protected]