ARSL Sponsored Events at ALA 2012

ARSL is pleased, as an ALA Affiliate, to be represented and co-sponsoring these ALA 2012 events. If you’ll be traveling to Anaheim in June, we hope to see you there!

Advocacy and Fundraising for your Rural or Tribal Library
June 23, 1:30-3:00pm

Rural and tribal libraries around the country are overcoming budget and funding challenges using resources and toolkits that provide step-by-step approaches to advocacy and fundraising efforts. Learn from taskforce members who created ALA’s Frontline Fundraising Toolkit; gain insight into successful legislative advocacy efforts that build local support, use online tools and create networks to reach rural legislators; and hear how libraries are using the newly updated Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library Toolkit and the Guide for Building Support for your Tribal Library. Learn how to build a network of support in the community, how to collaborate with other libraries and how to market your library essential to the community.

Presenters: Jennifer Peterson, Board Member, Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Chair, ALA Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee; John D. “Danny” Hales, Jr., Retired Director of Suwannee River Regional Library; Peter Pearson, President, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and Lead Consultant for Library Strategies Consulting Group; Janice Kowemy, Librarian/Director, Laguna Public Library, New Mexico and President-Elect, AILA.

Rural and Small Libraries Build and Connect Communities, part of the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair
June 23, 3:00-5:00pm

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. (ARSL) provides a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers, and trustees, assisting them to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves. Through ARSL’s annual conference, webinars, newsletter, and an active listserv,  ARSL members share programs, strategies and unique approaches to building strong communities. Learn how ARSL members from rural libraries around the country are building community connections which keep libraries at the center of their community’s educational, cultural, economic, and civic live. And we invite ARSL members attending ALA to stop by and join this informal gathering of rural librarians!

Building and Sustaining Strategic Plans and Partnerships in your Rural or Tribal Community
June 24, 10:30am-12:00pm

The success of a rural library depends on effective strategic planning and sustained community partnerships. Come learn more about the facets of planning and partnerships including the basics of writing and implementing a strategic plan for a library of any size, how to ensure successful community outreach, and how to collaborate with city and county managers through strategic community partnerships. Understand the characteristics of a community centered library, how to assess needs and identify outreach target group, and learn tips on choosing a project and partners. Hear about national initiatives working to develop frameworks to help libraries develop their strategies with community partners. Use your strategic plan to help make big decisions, “sell” your goals to key partners, and be able to prove your success over time.

Presenters: Ron Carlee, Chief Operating Officer, International City/County Management Association; Andrea Berstler, President-Elect, Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and Director Wicomico Public Library (MD); Dr. Yunfei Du, Principal Investigator, PEARL (Promoting & Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project, University of North Texas.

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