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Assistant Director – Sedro Wooley, WA

Today’s Date: 06/26/2014

Job Closing Date: 07/11/2014

Job Title: Assistant Director

Institution Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District

Library Location: Sedro Woolley

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Assists in planning, implementing and evaluating library services, coordinating selection of library materials.
Schedules and supervises the library staff and substitutes for the Director in his/her absence.
Acquires library materials and assists in developing and administering policies concerning library operations, budgets and financial reports, and programs.
Oversees the cataloging of materials.
Plans and implements programming for library patrons. Attends professional meetings.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Sciences from an accredited college or university plus three years of progressively responsible library administration experience including at least 1-2 years in a supervisory capacity or equivalent.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to apply? Please send resume and three professional references to jill@centralskagitlibrary.org.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Librarian/Library Director – Lake Elmo, MN

Today’s Date: 06/20/2014

Job Closing Date: 07/18/2014

Job Title: Librarian/Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Lake Elmo Public Library

Library Location: Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Website (if applicable): lakeelmopubliclibrary.org

Duties / Job description: The Lake Elmo Library Board is seeking a library director for the Lake Elmo Public Library. An ALA accredited Masters Degree in Library Science and five years experience in library operations required. Salary commensurate with experience.

Job description available at http://lakeelmopubliclibrary.org

Qualifications: An ALA accredited Masters Degree in Library Science and five years experience in library operations required. Salary commensurate with experience.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range:

How to apply? Send cover letter and resume to lepl2014joblist@gmail.com

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Asbury, IA

Today’s Date: 06/20/2014

Job Closing Date: 07/29/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Dubuque County Library

Library Location: Asbury, Iowa

Website (if applicable): http://www.dubcolib.lib.ia.us/

Duties / Job description: The Board of Trustees of the Dubuque County Library is searching for a knowledgeable, visionary leader to serve as Library Director. The Director will work with the Library Board and staff to develop a 21st Century vision of library services that meets the present and future needs of our patrons throughout the five-branch library system. The Director will be the “face” of the library as well as the internal leader and listener with a focus on developing strategic directions for both community and staff.

Governed by an appointed nine member Board of Trustees, the Dubuque County Library serves a suburban/rural constituency of 29,000. The Director supervises a staff of eleven (five full time) with a $700,000 budget and an annual circulation of 110,000 (a 25% increase from the previous fiscal year). Within the last four years, two new branches have been added to the library system. Two of the five branches exist through unique partnerships with a public middle school and a community college. In addition, a new joint municipal/library facility with a branch city is currently in the fundraising and design phase. The Library actively participates in formal agreements and informal relationships with other public, university, and private libraries in the area. The Dubuque County Library is in a position to reach its potential through innovation and dynamic leadership.

The county population of more than 91,000 is also served by the city-funded libraries in the cities of Cascade, Dubuque and Dyersville.

Dubuque County, Iowa
Dubuque County, Iowa, has it all. From bustling city life to peaceful rural life nestled in the rolling hills of Eastern Iowa. Bordered on the east by the mighty Mississippi River, the area is the perfect place to begin a new career, raise a family or enjoy a slower pace of life.

The city of Dubuque and the surrounding area is considered the “birthplace of Iowa” and features a rich history, interesting architecture, and abundant natural beauty. The county is home to the world-famous Field of Dreams as well as Iowa’s oldest restaurant, Breitbach’s, located along the Great River Road in Balltown, Iowa.

There is more than beauty here. The county is home to six small colleges and universities, major industry such as John Deere and IBM, and a unique cultural mix that makes Dubuque County feel like a major metro area with the friendliness of your hometown.

While it may not be heaven, Dubuque County, Iowa, is certainly as close as you can get on earth.

Qualifications: Desired Qualifications, Strengths and Skills
1. A Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited school is required.
2. Professional certification in compliance with state law within one year.
3. Five years of library experience preferred with a minimum of three years library administration.
4. Ability to develop budgets, make administrative decisions, develop policies and supervise staff.
5. Effective interpersonal skills including creative and diplomatic management abilities.
6. Thorough knowledge of the philosophy and techniques of all facets of public library service.
7. Ability to think analytically and to develop new services.
8. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.
9. Considerable knowledge of computers and data communications especially in regards to library applications.
10. Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form.
11. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, social skills, and adaptability.
12. Willingness to pursue alternative revenue streams to enhance library services.
13. Ability to process information to learn new materials and handle complex concepts.
14. Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with the library board, associates, colleagues, volunteers, other community agencies, governmental bodies and the general public.
15. Visionary regarding library trends and the impact of changing information technology.
16. A desire to meet and serve the public.

Other – Criminal History background check required.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Salary plus benefits ($78,457 – $89,350) 1. Starting salary – $55,000-$65,000 Negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

How to apply? 1. For an application please contact: Iowa Works Region 1, 680 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001; (563) 556-5800 or (866) 227-9874, or email susan.peil@iwd.iowa.gov – put “Application” in the subject line; ask for Dubuque County, Iowa, Application for Employment. The application must be submitted to the Iowa Works Region 1 office not later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2014.

2. In addition, please email a copy of your application, resume and cover letter to Search Committee Chairman Jeff Goldsmith at jsgoldsmith72@gmail.com .

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2014 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4:00 PM 6:00 PM Registration open

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

8:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration open
8:30 AM 11:30 AM Preconference sessions

Pavilion F A Cram Course in Youth Services or “What’s the difference between a 2-year-old and a teenager?”
Pavilion C Community Building—Novice
Pavilion E Gizmo Garage: Closing the Digital Divide One Device at a Time
Lobby Tour three local libraries
1:00 PM 4:00 PM Preconference sessions

Pavilion C Community Building—Advanced
Pavilion E Crafting a Successful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part-time Libraries
Tacoma Public
Library
Rooms that Rock: Practical Tips for Library Space Planning
8:30 AM 4:00 PM Preconference sessions

Pavilion B Talking to Voters About Your Library: Planning and Executing Effective Tax, Bond and Referendum Campaigns
6:00 PM Opening Reception
7:00 PM Performance by the Jet City Chorus

Thursday, September 4, 2014

7:30 AM 6:00 PM Registration open
8:00 AM 10:15 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Announcements
9:15 AM 10:15 AM Uniquely Connected: Expanding community in 21st century libraries
10:15 AM 11:00 AM Exhibitor break
11:00 AM Noon Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino iPin! Do you?
Pavilion B Programs with Pizazz
Pavilion C Marketing Your Library through Social Media and More
Pavilion E Lab at the Library: STEM Programming
Pavilion F Building Makers: A Statewide Approach
Venice 2 LEGO @ Your Library
Venice 3 Better Meetings Mean Better Governance
Venice 4 Routes to Reading: Early Literacy Models that Work in Rural Libraries
Noon 1:15 PM Lunch
12:15 PM 12:30 PM Announcements & Welcome from Secretary of State Kim Wyman
12:30 PM 1:15 PM You don’t have to do it all! Using the Edge assessment for better outcomes in small & rural libraries
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino Taking the Fear Out of Content Creation for Teens
Pavilion B The Yacolt Library Express: A maximum of service with a minimum of staff
Pavilion C Delivering Excellent Customer Service
Pavilion E Five Levels of Appreciation in the Workplace
Pavilion F Use Your Annual Statistics to Evaluate Your Library—Fast
Venice 2 Board gaming for all ages and interests
Venice 3 I meant to get an MLS but the library was too busy!
Venice 4 The Pursuit of Happiness… Through Libraries
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Exhibitor break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino To combine or not to combine: thinking about school/public library combination
Pavilion B Advice from the School of Hard Knocks
Pavilion C Tablet Slinging Librarians: Using Tablets to Improve Library Services
Pavilion E Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy
Pavilion F Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources
Venice 2 Flip the Script: Changing the Direction of Your Library
Venice 3 E-Rate Roundtable Discussion
Venice 4 Increasing Your Library’s Capacity: Do More for Your Community
4:30 PM 5:30 PM ARSL business meeting
6:00 PM Dine arounds
8:00 PM Lightning talks

Friday, September 5, 2014

8:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration open
8:00 AM 10:15 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Announcements
9:15 AM 10:15 AM Libraries Reimagined!
10:15 AM 11:00 AM Exhibitor break
11:00 AM Noon Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino Marketing Your Library: It’s more than Flyers and Friends
Pavilion B Trustees: Your Greatest Assets
Pavilion C Crafty U (and patrons, too!)
Pavilion E Flip the Script: Changing the Direction of Your Library
Pavilion F Thinking Outside the Storytime Box
Venice 2 Frugal Fundraising: It Doesn’t Take Money to Make Money
Venice 3 Increasing Your Library’s Capacity: Do More for Your Community
Venice 4 What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps
Noon 1:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Author Keynote: Laurie King
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino Fundamentals of Fun: Getting the most from your workers
Pavilion B Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy
Pavilion C Programs with Pizazz
Pavilion E Strategic Planning for the Small Library: Aim for the future by planning now
Pavilion F Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources
Venice 2 Tablet Slinging Librarians: Using Tablets to Improve Library Services
Venice 3 Advice from the School of Hard Knocks
Venice 4 Lab at the Library: STEM Programming
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Exhibitor break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino Get That Grant!
Pavilion B 12 Ways to Market More Effectively
Pavilion C Delivering Excellent Customer Service
Pavilion E Taking the Fear Out of Content Creation for Teens
Pavilion F Highway to Harmony: Mapping the Integration of Homeschoolers into your library
Venice 2 LEGO @ Your Library
Venice 3 Routes to Reading: Early Literacy Models that Work in Rural Libraries
Venice 4 Strengthening your Tech Core: Training on the Web
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Exhibitor raffle
6:00 PM   Dine arounds

Saturday, September 6, 2014

8:00 AM 10:15 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Announcements
9:00 AM 10:15 AM Clancy Pool, Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Concurrent sessions:

Cavallino Nothing but the Truth: Assessing Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books
Pavilion B Board gaming for all ages and interests
Pavilion C The Pursuit of Happiness… Through Libraries
Pavilion E I meant to get an MLS but the library was too busy!
Pavilion F Growing Your Own: Mentoring, continuing education and leadership opportunities
Venice 2 Maker Spaces: Small Space, Low Budget, High Quality
Venice 3 I must have been crazy, but it worked: Bringing the Smithsonian to Patagonia
Venice 4 Crafty U (and patrons, too!)
Noon Conference ends
ARSL Board meeting

Croatia Bound

Croatia Trip 071When the invitation came from the U.S. Embassy to travel to Croatia to present a series of workshops on Digital and Traditional Literacy I was overwhelmed with the honor and responsibility of this task.

What were the libraries in Croatia like?  Did they offer programming, community events, internet access?  What were the communities like that they served?  What kind of budget did they have to work with?  How much were they like the libraries in the United States?

What an amazing experience this trip was.  I learned so much from the librarians in Croatia and I can only hope that they learned from me. 

The first set of workshops was held at the U.S. Embassy located in Zagreb.  The librarians that attended on the first day were from all over the country.  One librarian’s trip started at 4:00 a.m. where she boarded a ferry to take her to the city of Split and then a 4 hour drive to Zagreb.  The second day workshop was attended by librarians that worked all over Zagreb. The librarians were so eager to listen to a librarian from America!  They love America and wanted to learn as much as they could.  Each workshop held at the Embassy had a total of about 20 to 25 librarians.

U.S. Embassy in Croatia workshopsI spoke with them about E-books and Digital literacy and how that is becoming more and more common throughout libraries in the United States.  It became very clear, very quickly however, the limitations that these librarians have to work with.  Money is a very big issue which is something all libraries have in common throughout the world.  Sharing the budget struggles that I have experienced firsthand as a Library Director for 7 years seemed to make them feel more at ease.  I could totally relate to their expressions of frustration of not being able to offer these types of services to their patrons because of the lack of funding and the lack of support.  Not only was the cost of these devices out of reach for most of their patrons, the cost of subscribing to a type of E-book provider such as Overdrive was just a pipe dream.

Still, they soaked up everything that I had to offer them and I truly enjoyed visiting with them after the workshops and hearing about their libraries and how proud they were of them.

Croatia Trip 043The third workshop was held in Zadar which was a coastal community located about 3 ½ hours from Zagreb.  Zadar was absolutely breathtaking!  The city was built around Roman Ruins and was just like what I would imagine old time Rome would be like.  Streets made of rock and beautiful cathedrals everywhere you looked.  You could hear the bells tolling from the many bell towers all throughout the day and early evening.  The one thing that struck me was all the little children that were outside playing.  My escort told me that this city was extremely safe.  It had a very low crime rate and everyone knew each other and looked out for each other.  What a concept!

The group of librarians that I worked with in Zadar were from the “American Corners” libraries located throughout Croatia.  These libraries were partially funded by the U.S. Embassy and in exchange they had a “corner” of their library dedicated to all things American.  All the materials were in English and all of the items offered were related to the United States in one way or another.  These libraries were also required to hold 24 programs every year.  They were all so enthusiastic and motivated.  I was able to tour the American Corners library in Zadar and it was very similar to the Safford City-Graham County library where I currently am.  It was a busy and happening place with many patrons checking out materials, reading the newspapers, attending a program or with their children in the children’s area.  It felt very familiar!

The last workshop I held was actually a lecture to the library students at the University of Zadar.  This was probably the most fun out of all the workshops I gave because the students were so involved in the process.  They also understood all my jokes!  Many of them came up to me afterwards with all kinds of questions and comments!  I made sure these students knew that they had chosen the best profession ever.   There is nothing that can compare to it.University of Zadar Library Students

Overall the trip was a quick, fast paced adventure into a world that I had never been before.  The food was wonderful.  I had Risotto 4 times!!!!  It was delicious.  The sounds, smells and sights will be something that I will never forget and there is not enough time or space to share everything that I experienced.

The most important thing that I learned while I was there was that a librarian is a librarian wherever they live.  We all share the same goals and desires which is to serve our community and our patrons to the very best of our ability.  We have the greatest job in the world!  There is no other profession that I know of, other than a teacher that touches more lives for good than a librarian.  It didn’t matter that we didn’t speak the same language or that we didn’t have the same traditions, we are librarians, and that made us friends!

By Lisa Lewis, ARSL Board Member

Disaster of the Month: D&O Insurance

By Su Epstein

Saxton B. Little Library,  Columbia CTinsurance

To be honest, insurance was not something I really thought much about.  Personal insurance (home, auto, etc.) sure, but for the Library?  When I began as a Library Director, I knew the Library had a basic liability policy and I did review it.  I made sure it covered should someone get hurt in the building and if, heaven forbid the building had a fire, the contents would be covered.  But after that, I gave it very little thought.

A few years down the road, however, the make-up of our library board changed.  Personalities shifted and perspectives clashed.  Things came to a head over a fundraising event.  Tensions had been high and communications poor.  At a very public planning meeting, outside of the Library, a full-fledged shouting match erupted.  Accusations and names flew like startled birds.  A board member left, threatening to sue for defamation of character.  I consulted a lawyer and learned the board member had grounds.  At the same time, there arose issues with the vendor contracts for the fundraising event.  This too posed a potential litigious situation.  I called upon my inner Research Librarian, and hit the books and the internet.

It was then that I learned of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (often called D&O).  This insurance, purchased by the organization reimburses the organizations leadership for losses or advancement of defense costs of legal actions coming about from alleged wrongful acts in their capacity as leadership of the institution.    Policies vary by the amount of coverage, but are offered by almost all of the major insurance companies.  Costs are based on not only the amount of coverage, but the size of the board and institution.

For our institution the cost increased our insurance line approximately five hundred dollars annually.  It was not an easy sell.  However, the cost of one lawsuit would be far greater.  At the time, my library was facing two possible legal actions.  A situation that six months earlier would have been inconceivable for all of us.

In the end, the fundraising event went off, but not without some very problematic hitches.  The former Board member decided they liked the Library more than they hated the Board and dropped the suit.  The Library Board purchased D&O insurance.  For me, it was all a little too close for comfort.

I don’t know if such insurance is needed and as the coverage varies, it must certainly be analyzed on a per library basis. Likewise, needs can be greatly affected by circumstance.  What I do know, definitively, is that is far better to research and discuss the options before there is a potential need.

Library Director – Garden City, KS

Today’s Date: 05/29/2014

Job Closing Date: 08/29/2014

Job Title: Library Director – Finney County Public Library, KS

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Library Systems & Services

Library Location: Garden City, KS

Website (if applicable): https://careers-lssi.icims.com/jobs/1187/library-director-%e2%80%93-finney-county-public-library%2c-ks/job

Duties / Job description:
Seeking a forward thinking Library Director for the Finney County Public Library. It is ideal for an energetic early career librarian with a passion for exceptional library service.

The 27,000-square-foot library is located in the heart of Garden City and serves approximately 40,000 residents, primarily employed in farming wheat or corn and other crops, as well as cattle ranching and processing. Patrons enjoy a vibrant collection of books, movies, audio books, genealogy and magazines along with access to reference databases and downloadable eBooks as well as a new Nature Explore Classroom: http://www.natureexplore.org/certified/FinneyCountyPublicLibrary.com.

Finny County is a multi-ethnic, family-friendly region offers its residents a rich history and attractions including the Lee Richardson Zoo, golf courses, Big Pool and annual events such as Empire Beef Days, Tumbleweed Festival, and balloon classic: http://www.finneycountycvb.com/info/. It’s located approximately 200 miles west of Wichita and 300 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado, and is the second largest County in land area in Kansas.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of sound public library management principles, best practices, trends, and current professional theories. Ability to exercise good judgment, along with the ability to communicate effectively and positively with various government and community groups. Ability to lead and inspire staff with creative new ideas for increasing library services while growing the use of and support for library services among the public and strategic partners is very important. This is a highly visible position requiring a dynamic librarian capable of working closely with Finney County officials and the Library Board, and who can lead and inspire a full-service customer-focused organization.

Responsibilities:

•Oversee day-to-day library operations for the library to ensure contract performance within budget and represent the library to the community and public at large
•Ensure customer-service focus and orientation of the Finney County Public Library Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and paraprofessional staff
•Manage, create and/or deliver exceptional programming and educational opportunities within the library and through community outreach and oversee collection development
•Create and sustain excellent relationships with community groups and other organizations partnering with the library
•Report to LSSI, Finney County, and the Library Board as required

Qualifications: •MLS/ MLIS
•Ability to operate with minimum supervision and work in a team environment to build partnerships, find solutions and make service enhancements.
•Excellent oral and written communications abilities
•Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with proven ability to motivate and lead others
•Public library hands-on experience and supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to make sound management decisions, exercising good judgment dealing with people and situations
•Ability to connect positively with library and community constituencies including the local governing authorities, community leaders and organizations, library staff, library patrons and the general public.
•Background check

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

How to apply? https://careers-lssi.icims.com/jobs/1187/library-director-%e2%80%93-finney-county-public-library%2c-ks/job

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries: ALA Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Dir of Library Services, Pend Oreille County, WA

Today’s Date: 05/15/2014

Job Closing Date: 06/30/2014

Job Title: Director of Library Services

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Pend Oreille County Library District

Library Location: Pend Oreille County, Washington State

Website (if applicable): http://www.pocld.org

Duties / Job description: The Board of Trustees of the Pend Oreille County Library District (POCLD) is seeking the ideal candidate who possesses the vision and passion to creatively lead the Pend Oreille County Library District to excellence in library services for the community. In keeping with the mission and strategic plan of POCLD, the Director will be responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain a rural library district that is responsive to the community’s needs for information and education.

The Pend Oreille County Library District includes four branches; each branch provides a number of community programs. The district is governed by a board of trustees consisting of five appointed members who oversee the district’s operating budget of a half million dollars, providing strategic planning guidance and capital expenditure planning. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees with a Financial Manager assisting to provide District office support. A fifteen member staff supports the library operations in the towns of Newport, Cusick, Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls.

Situated in the northeast corner of Washington State, Pend Oreille County borders Idaho and Canada and serves as a gateway to some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. Pend Oreille County has rare scenic beauty and vast natural resources.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
• Provides leadership in the implementation of library operations, including reference, circulation, programs, community outreach and relations, staff training and development, and IT technology.

• Ensures the selection and maintenance of books, media, computer programs and other materials to meet the needs

• Provides administrative support for all technology services that enhance library services.

• Takes lead role in the development of the District Strategic Plan. Develops long range plans that support the goals and objectives resulting from the strategic plan.

Qualifications: • A Master’s Degree in Library Science from a recognized college or university plus three (3) years of progressively responsible public library administration experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity . A combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered.
• Washington State Librarian certificate (or obtainable within three months of hire).

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes of the community.

Salary Range: Salary range starts at $52, 000 yearly commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered.

How to apply? Please see our website at http://www.pocld.org to learn more about Pend Oreille County and the library district. Resume with a letter of interest should be submitted to bot@pocld.org

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2014 ARSL State Library Scholarship Opportunities

State library agencies are again making scholarship opportunities available to librarians in their state! Below are the details that we have received thus far.

Arizona

The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public records offers Continuing Education Scholarships of up to $1250 to attend ARSL and other conferences. Applicants must be employed full-time by an Arizona library. For more information and to download an application, visit www.azlibrary.gov/libdev/continuing-education/scholarships.

California

The California State Library is pleased to announce ARSL scholarships for rural or tribal library staff. We expect to fund up to 2 scholarships per library jurisdiction. If we do not receive enough applications we will establish a waiting list; library directors may forward more than two applications, but please prioritize them from your perspective.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a current ARSL member;
  • State how attending the conference will benefit your library;
  • Identify at least 3 sessions you will attend;
  • Meet virtually via a ReadyTalk session to discuss scholarship requirements before the conference;
  • Meet as a group during the conference to plan ways to cooperate and share what you learn with others, and how you will use that to help improve library service in your communities.

All scholarship requests are to be submitted by Library Directors by July 1, 2014.

Scholarship Form and Application

Contact: Susan Hanks, Library Programs Consultant, susan.hanks@library.ca.gov, 916-653-0661

Montana

The Montana State Library is funding four scholarships ($1,500 each) for librarians who serve in small libraries or tribal libraries in Montana with the deadline of July 1, 2014 to apply. Complete the application and send to Jo Flick, jflick@mt.gov.

A committee will meet the first week of July to make selections for the scholarship.

North Carolina

The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Tacoma, Washington from September 3-6, 2014. Since there are limited funds available, this is a competitive scholarship. Priority will be given to first time conference attendees in libraries serving rural/small populations. The brief essay question about benefits of conference attendance will also be weighted heavily in the awards.

A $1,200 lump sum payment will be made to the winning applicant’s library to help with conference costs; receipts for these expenses will have to be submitted to the State Library of North Carolina shortly after the end of the conference.

The application is available online and will close on July 20, 2014. Winning applicants will be notified by the end of July. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jeffrey Hamilton at 919-807-7417 or jeffrey.hamilton@ncdcr.gov.

Utah

The Utah State Library Division is funding up to six scholarships ($1,300 each) for library directors, library staff, or trustees in a small or rural  public or tribal library in Utah. The application deadline is June 13, 2014. Complete details are available at http://heritage.utah.gov/library/arsl-grant.

Vermont

For scholarship opportunities from the Vermont Department of Libraries, please contact Brittney Wilson, (802) 828-3266.

Washington

The Washington State Library, thanks to funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is making full scholarships available for rural and tribal library staff to attend the 2014 conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Scholarships will include all conference fees, transportation, and other expenses.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Work at a small and rural library (serving 10,000 or fewer), or in a tribal library in Washington State;
  • Be a first-time attendee at the ARSL conference;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to share knowledge gained from conference attendance with fellow library/district staff through a webinar, printed article, blog post, etc.;
  • Show how conference attendance will help to meet the library’s goals as they relate to the LSTA priorities;
  • Attach authorized (signed) permission to the application.

Deadline for applications: Friday, May 30, 2014. For more information, or to apply, visit the Washington State Library ARSL Scholarship page.

Wyoming

The Carol McMurry Library Endowment will offer any Wyoming library worker up to $1500 per year to attend this or another conference: will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html

Applicants can contact Jamie Markus if they have questions about the application.