Lorie Womack – Roosevelt Library Branch Manager, Roosevelt, Utah
Rural libraries are expected to provide a wider variety of services with a limited availability of resources. It is critical that we learn to tell our story and provide the services needed by our patrons. As rural librarians we need to be advocates for the services we provide with elected officials and the community members we serve.
Sharon Michie – Steele Memorial Library Branch Manager, Wayne County Public Library, Mount Olive, North Carolina
My passion for the ARSL extends beyond our mission- it comes from personal experience. Attending the conference in past years has given me practical knowledge and ideas to transform my community. We may be leading small libraries, but they can be mighty! The ARSL sponsored me in last year’s ALA Emerging Leader program, and I am eager to give back to our close-knit community of rural librarians.
Paul D. Healey, JD, PhD – Senior Instructional Services Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Law Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I believe strongly in the need for vibrant libraries in small communities, because libraries provide a bedrock of literacy, and a gateway to the larger world. I am very interested in how the delivery of information services is changing in an increasingly digital world, and in the particular challenges and issues that those changes create for libraries that may not have the resources and access of their large community counterparts.
Also elected to a second term were Steve Seale and Donna Brice.