I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries this year on the Founder’s Scholarship. What a terrific opportunity this was to meet librarians from all over the country who are in situations and with challenges similar to those we face in rural South Dakota. The workshops were very helpful in addressing issues that were applicable to small town libraries.
One of the best programs was the pre-conference workshop at Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg. It was most interesting to see and hear their step by step processes of fundraising, construction, and collection developments made over the last 5 years. Building on their progressive themes I attended as many of the community development, fundraising, partnerships and advocacy, and foundation development workshops as were available. Each workshop had something valuable that I could bring back with me and apply to my library.
I made some new acquaintances and a couple good friends and the food was terrific! Thanks go out to all who worked so hard to put together such a fantastic conference. I plan to attend next year in Denver, no doubt!
Hill City Community Library
Hill City, South Dakota.