Celebrate Libraries: 2012 ARSL Conference

Join us for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries when we “Celebrate Libraries.” This year’s conference will be held September 27 – 29 at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Highlights include keynote presenter, Susan Hildreth, director of IMLS and lunch with keynote mystery author Margaret Maron. Join us for a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, September 26, when we’ll celebrate the 200th birthday of the State Library of North Carolina, our conference partner. The scheduled workshops will cover a number of relevant, current issue topics such as using social media, E-books, advocacy for your library, event and programming topics and much more. A full schedule of workshops will be available shortly. 

The hallmark of the ARSL conference has always been that the workshops and speakers address real world, practical issues facing small and rural libraries. This emphasis allows the Association to focus its conference on the needs of this unique set of library directors, staff, board members and consultants and offers not theories but real world solutions, tried by their peers in other areas of the country. The 2012 conference committee has been working hard to continue that commitment and hopes that those working in rural and small libraries will make attending this year’s conference a priority. 

Conference hotel room rates are $139 per night (plus tax) and can be made by calling the Sheraton Raleigh Downtown at 800-325-3535. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference. Hotel rates include internet access in all rooms. Those flying into the Raleigh airport should make arrangements with a shuttle company for the 20 minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There are several companies available including Super Shuttle (No conference rates are available for this ground transport). 

Early Bird Rates for members will be $220 per person, non-members $275 per person.  Early bird rates are good until midnight, Friday, August 31st, 2012. Regular rates for members will be $280 and for non-members $350.

Conference rates include admission to all conference events including:

  • Wednesday, September 26, Welcome Reception
  • All workshops
  • General sessions
  • Thursday breakfast
  • Friday breakfast & author lunch
  • Saturday lunch
  • Plus occasional refreshment breaks

Online Registration will open soon and additional information including a conference schedule will be released shortly. Conference updates and additional information will be posted online at www.arsl.info.

2 Responses to “Celebrate Libraries: 2012 ARSL Conference”

  1. Will you be having vendors at your conference this September? I would like to know more. Many thanks, Linda Chambers