Do you work in a small or rural library?

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries needs your input. We are engaged in an effort to more fully understand the important work of small and rural libraries and learn from people like you working in these libraries about your concerns and needs. Last month, we held several focus groups, both online and in person.  This month we are conducting an online survey to gather more information.

Please help us by completing this online survey

Completing the survey will take approximately 10 minutes for non-members and approximately 15 minutes for ARSL members. Click on this link to take the survey now.

This survey is being conducted on behalf of ARSL by Lukas Consulting and Rainbow Research, Inc. with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ARSL’s mission is to “provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.”  We look forward to sharing the survey results with you on the ARSL website ( in early 2013.

Your responses will be kept completely confidential. Rainbow Research, Inc. will collect and analyze the data and will present findings in summary form. While participation in the survey is voluntary, we sincerely hope that you take part and encourage you to respond with candor. If you have questions or comments about survey content, please contact Barry Cohen, Executive Director of Rainbow Research, Inc., at 612-824-0724 ext. 202 or

On behalf of ARSL and the rural and small library community, thank you in advance for your participation. We appreciate you taking the time to inform us about your concerns, needs and opinions. Feel free to share this invitation to colleagues at your library and others working in rural and small libraries whose opinions you value.

Sincerely yours,

Becky Heil
ARSL President 2011-2012

Andrea Berstler
ARSL President 2012-2013

3 Responses to “Do you work in a small or rural library?”

  1. Sarah Jensen says:

    Yes, I do work in a small Library, we have had to go to four days a week and six hours a day. We serve a small community of about four towns. we do have support from our State Library and we really appreciate that.
    We hope to go automated some time in the future.


  2. Yes and no. We serve the emerging suburb of Mansfield TX, pop. 58,000, 50 hours a week, from a facility of approx 15,500 sf, with six full time staff and a total budget well under $1m. This makes us small in relative terms, I think, with one foot in our rural farming past and the other in suburbia. We are learning to think in terms of resource sharing.