ABLE Administering Better Libraries - Educate

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About the ABLE Project

"ABLE: Administering Better Libraries - Educate" is a project designed to develop training materials and resources for newly appointed public library directors on the administration and management of public libraries.

ABLE is a two year Federal Library Services and Technology Act funded project, awarded to and coordinated by the Nioga Library System in partnership with five other public library systems: Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Finger Lakes Library System, Mohawk Valley Library System, Pioneer Library System and the Southern Tier Library System. One member library, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library (Medina), also participated in the project.

The project coordinator, Marie Bindeman, selected module designers/trainers and public library system partners, planned and designed five training modules targeted to new and/or non-certified library directors/managers on the administration and management of public libraries.

The training modules feature sessions on: governance, financial management, the library building or physical plant, human resources, collections and services.Topics include working with boards of trustees, library friends groups, local government funding sources, marketing services, budget planning and design, policy development, intellectual freedom, collection development, and age level services.

Formats for the instruction modules will include a training manual, replicable handouts and PowerPoint presentations. This web site ( will supplement the training modules and includes components of the training modules with links to sample forms, methodologies and policies for reference by library directors and managers.

Module content was developed and tested by the following professionals:

The ABLE web site is maintained by the Nioga Library System, a cooperative association of twenty-one member public libraries within the following three Western New York Counties - Niagara, Orleans and Genesee. Nioga serves to assist member public libraries in providing their communities with access to the broadest range of services. State aid supports Nioga's operations and no fees are charged to member libraries for any services. The web site was created by Polly-Alida Farrington of P.A. Farrington Associates.

Please contact Thomas Bindeman, at with any questions or comments.


Training Session Scenes

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