Get Involved

Nominating Committee seeks current ARSL members willing to serve as Board Members for ARSL:

If you are interested, believe that you have a commitment to rural and small libraries, are willing to serve, and can make the necessary commitments of time to the Association, you may be the person we are looking for. Carefully review the job description and complete the application for ARSL board member by no later than April 15, 2015

You’ll see that our Nominating Committee has identified 3 particular skill sets needed on our board:

  • Partnerships, including assessing potential for, formalizing and maintaining key partnerships based on the ARSL partnership policy.
  • Conference Vendor Relations, including securing vendors and working with them to meet conference exhibit needs.
  • Member Services, including social media and online newsletter support to inform members of training opportunities, creating content for the ARSL website and posting articles and links of interest to our members online.

ARSL Board Application:

Association for Rural and Small Libraries: ALA Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

The EL program kicks off with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Afterward, it grows and develops in an online learning and networking environment for six months. The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.

Participants commit to participating in all aspects of the program. Participants may be offered an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, or round table committee, taskforce or workgroup as well as other library-related groups upon completion of program. However, appointments are not guaranteed.

ARSL supports the work of the ALA Emerging Leader’s program and sponsors one ARSL member to participate on behalf of ARSL. As a sponsor, ARSL provides $1000 to the winner of this scholarship. The $1000 is distributed in two checks of $500 sent to the recipient prior to each ALA conference the year they participate. This application is for the 2015 year.

2015 ALA Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application (Google Form)

Be a Volunteer

ARSL is a volunteer driven organization! With the exception of some administrative functions, everything we do is a result of volunteers who care about rural and small libraries rolling up their sleeves and making it happen! Use the Volunteer Application form to sign up and help out one of our committees, or tell us about a special talent you have that you would like us to put to use.

Volunteer Application Form (Google Form)

If you have an interest in serving as a Board member or want to serve on one of the Board’s committees, please see one of our Board members or Committee Chairs. The application and job descriptions are here:

Board Application – revised April, 2013 (Google Form) »

Board Member Job Description April 2013 (Word) »

Current Key State and Provincial Contacts

Key State/Provincial Contact Volunteer Job Description – revised July, 2011 (PDF) »

If you would like to start a student chapter, the policy and application are here:

Student Chapter Policy (PDF)


ARSL Committees (2013-2014):

Executive Committee:

  • Chair:  Donna Brice, President
  • Members:
    • Tena Hanson, Immediate Past President
    • Jet Kofoot, Vice-President / President-Elect
    • Amy Marshal, Secretary
    • Vicki Bartz, Treasurer
    • Becky Heil, Convener

Member Services / Marketing & Outreach Committee:

Builds connections between members, ensuring that information relevant to the work of rural libraries is being shared across the membership. Develops content or programming, live at ARSL Annual and online, in response to member needs and sustains ARSL’s online presence using all media options including the website, blog, listserv, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others.

  • Chairs:  Julie Elmore / Kieran Hixon
  • Members:
    • Su Epstein
    • Jet Kofoot
    • Sabrina Frederick
    • Cynthia Hughes
    • Sandy Messick
    • Jennifer Peterson
    • Meredith Wickham
    • Gina Wilson
      • Looking for folks who enjoy monitoring our social media, posting to our social media, updating the website and working on the newsletter.

Membership Development:

Builds ARSL membership! Finds ways to support member recruitment around the country, maintaining a list of key contacts in each state to help share ARSL information, and explores ways for members to promote ARSL at state and local conferences and events.

  • Chair:  Lisa Lewis
  • Members:
    • Catie Roche
    • Gail Sheldon
    • Vicki Grimli
    • Su Epstein


Provides a process for formalizing and maintaining key board-approved partnerships that provide opportunities for our ARSL members. Assure that strong liaisons are appointed for each partnership to ensure good follow-through and regular updates for the board.

  • Co-Chairs:  Cal Shepard & Gail Sheldon


  • Co-Chairs:  Amy Marshall & Kevin Tomlinson
  • Members:
    • Becky Heil
    • Andrea Berstler


Creates an annual organization budget for the board’s review and approval by forecasting revenues and expenditures based on strategic goals.  (Comprised of the Treasurer and Committee Chairs.)

  • Chair:  Vicki Bartz
  • Members:
    • Pattie Mayfield
    • Connie Mitchell
    • John Paul Myrick
    • Beth Wheeler-Dean
    • Meredith Wickham


Ensures timely planning of a dynamic annual conference that attracts increased registration. Includes recruitment of keynote speakers, presenters and responsibility for everything that makes our annual conferences so great!

  • Chair:  Judy Calhoun
  • Programming:  Becky Heil
  • Programming Understudy:  Judy Calhoun
  • Exhibits:  Donna Brice
    • Exhibits Understudy:  Jenniffer Stephenson
    • Members:
      • VACANCIES!
  • Hospitality: Lauren Drittler
  • PR: Julie Elmore
  • Welcome Reception: Amber Gregory
  • Pre-Conference Tours: Jessica McGrath
  • AV: Donovan Mays & Kieran Hixon

Scholarship Committee:

  • Chair:  Shirley Vonderhaar
  • Members:
    • The winners of the previous years’ scholarships are asked to serve on the committee each year.

Nominating Committee:

Committee consists of Immediate Past President, President and Vice President/President-Elect who prepares a slate of candidates each year for Vice President/President-Elect and three board members whose skills, interests and geographic location serve the best interests of ARSL.

  • Chair:  Andrea Berstler, Immediate Past President
  • Members:
    • Tena Hanson, President
    • Donna Brice
    • Carla Lehn

To learn more about or seek to fill one of our vacant positions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

Shirley Vonderhaar