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Discussions about the way to organize and manage an education program within a library usually result in three options: a librarian within the reference department is assigned responsibility for the program, a coordinator is appointed with authority to enlist the help of librarians throughout the organization, or a separate department is established to run the program. Two years ago, the staff of Information Management Education Services (IME) in the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discussed other options as part of a strategic planning effort underway at the library. Nine possible models came out of a series of brainstorming sessions. These are outlined below with the advantages and disadvantages of each structure as viewed from the IME department setting. Major considerations underlying these models were the level of visibility that the model would provide to education, whether staff would be shared with other departments, and where leadership for educational programs would reside. The models are not listed in any particular order.