Get Involved

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:  Tena Hanson, President
  • Members:
    • Andrea Berstler, Immediate Past President
    • Donna Brice, Vice-President / President-Elect
    • Jet Kofoot, Secretary
    • Mary Stenger, Treasurer
    • Carla Lehn, Convener

Member Services / NEW 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:  Tameca Beckett / Chris Rippel / Kieran Hixon / Jet Kofoot
  • Members:
    • Jennifer Peterson
    • Su Epstein
    • Julie Elmore
    • Diana Weaver
    • Donna Brice
    • Maria Baroco
    • VACANCIES
      • 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

Partnerships:

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
  • Members:
    • Abbie Zeltzer
    • VACANCIES

Governance:

  • Chair:  Paul Healey
  • Members:
    • Becky Heil
    • Andrea Berstler

Finance:

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:  Mary Stenger
  • Members:
    • Lesley Boughton
    • Becky Heil

Conference:

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:  Carolyn Petersen
    • Programming:  Lisa Lewis
      • Programming Understudy:  Judy Calhoun
  • Exhibits:  Donna Brice
    • Exhibits Understudy:  VACANT
    • Members:
      • VACANCIES!

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

svonderhaar@dyersville.lib.ia.us