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Board Minutes – Friday, January 17, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

 Friday, January 17, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central



ARSL Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries 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.




Board Members Present: Beckett, Brice, Calhoun, Hanson, Hixon, Kofoot, Lewis, Peterson. Rippel. Sheldon, Shepard, Stenger, Watson

Board Members Absent: Berstler, Healey

Others Present: Lehn (Convener), Julie Elmore, Tracy Luscombe, Vicki Grimli


2 min.   I.          Welcome and Call to Order                                                                 Tena Hanson,                                  

Hanson called the meeting to order at about 10:33 AM                                        President        

3 min.   II.        Consent Agenda

  • Approve Minutes of November 22, 2013*/**
  • Current Financial Statements*/**
  • Member Services Committee Report
  • Conference Planning Committee Report
  • Partnerships  Committee Report
  • Member Development Committee Report – See Agenda Item # XI
  • Governance Committee Report – See Agenda Item # IX
  • Finance Committee Report
  • Executive Committee Report
  • President’s Report


A motion was made (Calhoun) and seconded (Watson) to accept the Consent Agenda without the Member Development Committee Report nor the Governance Committee Report: Motion Carried


5 min.   III.       Verbal Committee Reports if Pulled from Consent Agenda


                        No reports were given


10 min. IV.       Approval of ARSL Conference Locations through 2019*/**                Tena



New England was to be in 2015 but it has been switched with Arkansas which was to have been in 2016

Concerns were verbalized regarding capabilities of Utah’s transportation system

COSLA will be sponsoring the author luncheon, once again, at this year’s conference

North Dakota/Minnesota could fill in if plans fall through with other states in earlier years

 A motion was made (Brice) and seconded (Sheldon) to approve the upcoming conference locations: Arkansas (2015), New England: Vermont or Vermont/New Hampshire (2016), Utah (2017), Illinois (2018), North Dakota/Minnesota (2019): Motion Carried


5 min.   V.        Proposal for an ARSL Student Chapter                                               Tena


The Governance, Member Services and Member Development committees will be working on this item


5 min.   VI.       Opportunity for Shared Booth at South by Southwest Interactive*      Tena



This would be good exposure for ARSL

South by Southwest will be held in Austin, TX on 7 – 16 March 2014

                        We could send someone to represent ARSL or we could send information in a print or digital

format for display


A motion was made (Stenger) and seconded (Hixon) to send information about ARSL, in a digital format, for display at the 2014 South by Southwest Conference: Motion Carried


5 min.   VII.      Approval of Investment Policy*/**                                                      Mary Stenger,



Funds will be divided into long term and short term (for operating)

                        A meeting will be held with the management team and the investment consultant

                        Periodic reviews will be built in and carried out by the finance committee

Board members are asked to review the policy draft and give feedback to Stenger

Hanson will meet with AMR and pass questions along to Stenger


10 min. VIII.    Partnerships Committee                                              Cal Shepard/Gail Sheldon,

Partnerships Committee Co-Chairs

Old Business


  1. Request review and approval of membership categories revised to incorporate feedback from November board meeting */**


This document can be found in Dropbox


  1. Solicit feedback on Membership categories and Benefits document**


This document can be found in Dropbox


A motion was made (Hixon) and seconded (Stenger) to approve the categories and fees with the addition of compensation for Affiliate Members in the form of a web link on the ARSL website: Motion Carried


New Business


  1. Review and solicit feedback on DRAFT revised policy on Partnerships** (Currently in front of Governance committee.)


Hanson will check with the Governance Committee on the status of this policy




5 min. IX.        Governance Committee                                                           Paul Healey, Chair


                        The Governance Committee report was tabled


  • Approval of Policy on Member Conduct at Board Meetings*/**


Hanson gave the board some background information and reported that a draft is ready,

however it is based on live meetings so it will have to be customized for online meetings


10 min. X.        Library Juice MOU*/**                                                                       Tameca Beckett,                                                                                                                                  Member Services Co-Chair

                        Rippel and Beckett reported:

Library Juice offers 4 week long asynchronous courses that include approximately 15 hours of content

Courses are taken at one’s own pace over an approximate period of 8 months with 1.5 CEUs being award upon completion

The cost of a course is usually $175.00 with a 25% discount for ARSL members should the agreement be approved

There is a possibility of scholarships and document downloads but nothing has been firmed up for this agreement

Frequency of promotion on the ARSL electronic list would be up to the board


This would be a way to promote an additional CE opportunity

Care should be taken not to over expose members to advertising

A benefits checklist would help to vet this type of offer

A trial period would be beneficial

Would the Library Juice offerings appeal to small and rural libraries

Should we accept this offer while working on criteria for this and similar offers

Is Library Juice and ARSL business member

A motion was made (Stenger) and seconded (Sheldon) to table this decision until more information can be gathered: Motion Carried


10 min. XI.      Membership Development Committee                                     Lisa Lewis, Chair


  • ARSL Brochure changes, numbers to be printed and vendor choice*/**


The brochure is in Dropbox

The brochure needs to be changed to reflect ARSL’s new mission statement which must first be approved by a vote of the members

The vision statement, volunteer opportunities and affiliate categories also need to be added

Wording changes, summarization and addition of information are yet to be completed

AMR is checking into printing companies

There are 299 brochures remaining from the 4,000 printed 2 years ago

4,000 will be printed again this time


A motion was made (Shepard) and seconded (Brice) to allow Lewis to proceed with the printing of the brochures within the budgeted amount considering that the printing will wait until the mission statement has been approved by the membership and adding the affiliate information to the membership categories: Motion Carried





Vicki Grimli of Minnesota and from the Ortonville/Graceville/Kerkhoven public library system commented that she is working on the North Dakota/Minnesota conference proposal



5 min. XIII.    Topics Identified for Board Work Session?




                        Library Juice

                        Member Vote Regarding Mission Statement


Next Board Meeting – Friday, March 21, 2014 — ReadyTalk



90 min.             ADJOURN BOARD MEETING


                        The meeting was adjourned by Hanson at about 11:51 AM


                        Respectfully submitted,


                        Jet Kofoot, Secretary

2014 Conference – Preconference Sessions

  1. A Cram Course in Youth Services or “What’s the difference between a 2-year-old and a teenager?”

    Maryann Mori, Iowa Library Services
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 8:30–11:30

    This half-day workshop will cover the basics (and beyond!) of youth services— working with children from babies to teens (and ages in between). The session will include aspects of child development, early childhood literacy, programming for specific ages, collection development considerations, outreach, teen involvement, and more.

  2. Community Building

    Shirley Biladeau, Idaho Commission for LibrariesJennifer Fenton, Washington State Library
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 8:30–4:00

    Community building enhances the status of libraries as a community anchor. But sometimes it is hard to know where to start. This pre-conference is designed to provide insight for participants on resources to use for outreach in their community, potential community partnerships, and developing an engagement plan.

    Two half day workshops: The morning (8:30–11:30) is for the novice, providing the basics on getting started in community building (topics include team building, communication and strategic planning). During the afternoon workshop (1:00–4:00), participants will build on the basics by creating an actual plan of engagement for a specific community building project. Depending on your current level of knowledge in regard to community building, you can select the part of the day that best fits your needs. Participants may attend both sessions if they wish.

  3. Crafting a Successful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part-time Libraries

    Debra A. Kavanaugh, Shreve Memorial Library
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 1:00–4:00

    Small and rural libraries can provide vital, successful adult education opportunities for adult patrons without a GED, or other high school equivalency. This workshop will present workable, affordable manageable strategies, solutions and alternatives which can be adapted to any budget, workforce, workspace and public need. Following the initiative developed for the Shreve Memorial Library system, who wanted to provide its small, rural part-time branches with the same level of instruction and resources offered in the full-time branches, the Coordinator for the program will present the development and implementation of its first ever rural Adult Education Program series.

  4. Gizmo Garage: Closing the Digital Divide One Device at a Time

    Jezmynne Dene, Portneuf District Library
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 8:30–11:30

    The Gizmo Garage is a partnership program with the Idaho Commission for Libraries and funded by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Service that offers ereaders and tablets to library for staff and library patron training. The Gizmo Garage belongs to a regional area and is circulated among libraries for events. The Portneuf Library’s events are very popular, leading to more classes and one on one sessions to help users learn to use their devices and connect to digital materials. Come hear about the successes of this program, learn the basics about popular devices and how they connect to library resources, and discover how you can build a team to create your own Gizmo Garage!

    Program goals:

    • Share the successes from the library’s Gizmo Garage events
    • Demonstrate the basics of popular devices/operating systems
    • Discuss fundamental requirements popular devices/operating systems have
    • Discuss training tips for staff training with devices
    • Get hands on play time with several gadgets
    • Brainstorm creative ways to build partnerships for creating a garage

    Section One

    The first portion of our workshop will be an overview of the Idaho Gizmo Garage project, sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and funded by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. The overview will share how the program developed and changed from its initial plan to ways it worked best in practice. Ways to use the Gizmo Garage for staff training, patron training, and digital holdings will be addressed.

    Section Two

    The second portion of this workshop will cover the basics of the most popular mobile operating systems and devices, including the most important things to know in order to maneuver on devices. Requirements for setting up accounts and how to download apps in each environment will be covered.

    Section Three

    The final section will be exploration time with several devices on loan from the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Attendees will have access to many devices in order to play and explore and become familiar with the different operating environments. Included in this portion will be guided active learning exercises to reinforce objectives from the previous section. We will wrap up the workshop with discussion and brainstorming on how to implement similar programs in your library.

  5. Rooms that Rock: Practical Tips for Library Space Planning

    Betha Gutsche, WebJunction OCLC
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 1:00–4:00

    You don’t need a new building to make your library more inviting to the community. In this interactive workshop, discover ways to improve and stretch space without increasing floor area. From flexible layouts to movable furniture and modified collections, learn practical space planning ideas for libraries of any size and shape. An interactive, half-day workshop, engaging participants in a series of hands-on exercises. Registrants will be invited to bring current library photos and floor plans.

  6. Talking to Voters About Your Library: Planning and Executing Effective Tax, Bond and Referendum Campaigns

    John Chrastka, EveryLibrary
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 8:30–4:00

    Morning Session: Library Ballot Campaigns 101

    Do you wonder what the limits are for the library staff and board during a library ballot initiative? Are you concerned about what you can say or do in support of a library ballot campaign? Do you know the right questions to ask of the Clerk of Elections and Assessor’s Office? In this session, we will explore the difference between Information-Only and Vote Yes campaigns. You will come away with solid advice about effective planning and execution. We will talk clearly about what library staff and officials involved with Informational campaigns can and cannot do. We will demonstrate how a local ballot committee—with a campaign plan—can help reach voters in different and important ways. Participants will build a roadmap for the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the ballot initiative including Library staff and Trustees, Friends of the Library and Foundations, and the local Ballot Committee.

    Planning Your Message: How to Talk to Voters, Not Just Library Users

    Are you worried that the people who love your library don’t vote? Do you understand the ways that messages about the library impact voters who don’t use the library? And do you know what motivates voters about the library more than anything else? Learn about the best ways to formulate your library campaign message—and who the messenger should be to voters. This discussion will be relevant to both Information-Only and Vote Yes campaigns because the message is similar and the call to action is clear. You will learn how messaging for an election is different than messaging for library advocacy. You will come away with specific and actionable framework of an effective message, and knowledge of the techniques for getting your message out through the right channels.

  7. Tour three local libraries

    Seattle Carnegie Library, 1906
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 8:30–Noon

    We begin at the Fife branch of the Pierce County Library. By adopting modular building construction techniques, Pierce County Library was able to reduce the time to build a new community library from the typical 28 months to just 8 months. The community literally saw a Library building in place in just 10 days. This building technique allowed PCLS to meet the compressed timeline, as well as provide for desired environmentally friends/green practices. PCLS used BISAC for arranging the collection and staff will discuss the community’s response.

    The next library is the 320th branch of the King County Library in Federal Way. Opened in 2013 this branch library includes many state of the art features such as flexible shelves to give items a bookstore style display, touch screen media stations that let patrons sample ebooks, a meeting room which converts easily into extra space for reading, and state of the art flexible, ergonomic fixtures for staff work spaces.

    The last library is the Main branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The downtown branch received a major remodeled in the late 80′s and was recently updated yet again. The crown jewel of the building is the remodel/restoration of the original Carnegie library into the Pacific Northwest History room on the second floor and meeting/training rooms on the first floor in addition to an art gallery.

    Eat lunch here if you intend to attend the Space planning workshop which take place here—or walk back down the hill to the Hotel Murano.

2014 Conference – Breakout Sessions

  1. 12 Ways to Market More Effectively

    Jamie Matczak, Nicolet Federated Library System

    You don’t need a ton of money or staff to effectively market your library, you just have to think differently and creatively. From promotional videos to jaw-dropping emails, Jamie will share techniques for gaining attention, increasing attendance and what marketing tools are available for even the smallest of libraries.

  2. Advice from the School of Hard Knocks

    Cal Shepard, State Library of North Carolina

    An interactive workshop on how to empower yourself even when you live in a small town. Lessons learned (the hard way) while working in a town of 2000 people.

  3. Better Meetings Mean Better Governance

    John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

    Are your board meetings an exercise in frustration? Do you retread the same issues with your board colleagues, or are your meetings full of surprises? Learn tips and best practices in agenda design and committee assignments, and techniques for chairing meetings, resolving conflicts, and engaging staff. EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka is a long-time library trustee and Illinois state board chair. He will convene this interactive workshop designed to help solve your meeting problems – and problem meetings. Bring your concerns and be prepared to share your own tips, too.

  4. Building Makers: A Statewide Approach

    Erica Compton, Idaho Commission for Libraries

    Have you thought about implementing maker programs in your library? Idaho Commission for Libraries is supporting the implementation of makerspaces in 11 public libraries across the state. The project includes training on tools & technology, leveraging partnerships, involving community, & evaluating outcomes. The results include formal & stealth programming incorporating engineering, robotics, 3D printing & other STEM topics to draw teens into these innovative programs and spaces! Come discover what Idaho is doing, what we are learning, and what’s next.

  5. Crafty U (and patrons, too!)

    Jeremy Bolom, Lincoln Parish Library

    Whether browsing library materials or Pinterest, crafty patrons love discovering creative and budget-friendly projects. Learn how to get over a year’s programming with little more than scissors, glue, and recyclables. Sample projects will be shown and demonstrated, and attendees will make a craft to take home (just like patrons)!

  6. Delivering Excellent Customer Service

    Lisa Lewis, Safford City Graham County Library

    Sharing tips and ideas on how to ensure that your patrons have a wonderful experience at your library by delivering excellent customer service. Will include customer service training for staff as well as establishing patron friendly library policies.

  7. Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy

    Crystal Schimpf, Community Technology NetworkKieran Hixon

    Looking for ways to get your staff and patrons up to speed? This session offers practical tips, tools, and techniques to help bridge the digital divide at your library and create a culture of learning around technology. If they can figure out Dewey, they can figure out Windows!

  8. E-Rate Roundtable Discussion

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    Michael Roche is with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the E-Rate Coordinator for Vermont will be conducting an informal round table discussion of the current status of E-rate reform. Those whose libraries receive E-rate funding, or who work with the program are encouraged to join the dialogue. Items that will be discussed are:

    • How will the new “rural” be redefined and what will this mean in relation to E-rate services for rural libraries.
    • What will be the changes to NSLP and how will this impact the current rural discount formula.
    • Reduction in the discount matrix.
    • Multi-year budget and multi-year application process will be developed.

    Facilitation will be provided, as needed, by Kieran Hixon, ARSL Board Member and Colorado E-rate Coordinator.

  9. Five Levels of Appreciation in the Workplace

    Delbert Terry, DeSoto Parish Library

    According to research, 64% of Americans leave their jobs because they feel unappreciated. This leads to job dissatisfaction and diminished work performance. The languages of appreciation (words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, tangible gifts, and physical touch) are essential for a productive work environment. Workshop guides participants into establishing appreciated work setting.

  10. Flip the Script: Changing the Direction of Your Library

    Dianne Connery, Pottsboro Area Public Library

    The workshop will focus on how to create a new mission and make it a reality. Our library has dramatically changed focus in the last three years-from book depository to tech hub. We’ve learned the importance of looking outward instead of inward, building relationships and being open to new ideas.

  11. Frugal Fundraising: It Doesn’t Take Money to Make Money

    Judy Calhoun, Southeast Arkansas Regional LibraryAnna Bates, Stuttgart Public Library

    Fundraising without spending what little money you have can be a challenge. With a little ingenuity and a determined effort, any group can raise funds without spending much money at all. Join us as we share proven fundraisers that have produced profits with little or no start-up costs.

  12. Fundamentals of Fun: Getting the most from your workers

    Eliza Ordway, Alfred Box of Books Library

    What is the best way to get the most from your workers? LOVE your job! In my experience, having fun and not taking yourself too seriously all the time is a great way to start. I work with a variety of ages in my library; college age student workers and retired teachers and librarians. Each has their own idea of what work should be like and me being somewhere in the middle I also have an idea of what makes work fun. I will offer some ideas of how to balance the fun with the serious sides of running a library.

  13. Get That Grant!

    Becky Heil, Iowa Library Services

    An overview of the grant writing process which will explore what makes an eff ective grant by focusing on four main rules for writing a great proposal: know your funder, follow the rules, do your homework, and focus on people’s needs. We will also examine the basic components to a good grant proposal.

  14. Growing Your Own: Mentoring, continuing education and leadership opportunities

    Pam North, Sherwood Public LibraryAnn Roseberry, Richland Public Library

    Simply put, we are mentor and mentee from a small, rural library. We are currently managing libraries of our own – one each in Oregon and Washington. Our history of working and learning together and compiling resources for continuing education and leadership training will be valuable to all attendees.

  15. Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

    Patricia Devine, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

    Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

  16. Highway to Harmony: Mapping the Integration of Homeschoolers into your library

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    Nationwide, homeschooling is a huge part of 21st century learning. We help students and families succeed with homeschooling. Our programming engages both students and parents with breakout sessions, hands-on learning and social interaction. With how-tos and real experience, we map the road to successful homeschool programming.

  17. I meant to get an MLS but the library was too busy! Having a Successful Library Career without the MLS Telling Your Story

    Ruby L. Nugent, University of Colorado Health Sciences Library

    This session uses storytelling, networking, and creative group work to encourage library staff to share the importance of their unique library journey. With renewed energy and confidence, attendees will take away new ideas, resources and tools key to building and maintaining a successful career, with or without a MLS degree.

  18. I must have been crazy, but it worked: Bringing the Smithsonian to Patagonia

    Abbie Zeltzer, Patagonia Library

    The presentation demonstrates, through word and image, Patagonia Library’s road to bring Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit to Patagonia, Arizona, population 919 for six weeks, and to create a local history companion exhibit and host 12 programs at ten venues in eastern Santa Cruz County Arizona.

  19. Increasing Your Library’s Capacity: Do More for Your Community

    Stu Wilson, Library Strategies Consulting GroupSue Hall, Library Strategies Consulting Group

    An ongoing, highly successful leadership institute for rural communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin will be described and discussed. It will highlight the keys to building organizational capacity in small libraries and literacy organizations in such areas as fundraising, joint partnerships, advocacy, marketing, planning, community assessments and innovative evaluation.

  20. iPin! Do you?

    Lauren Drittler, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System

    While Pinterest© can be a useful tool for crafters, culinary amateurs and fashionistas, it can also be a valuable resource for libraries, librarians, and library users. Join us to learn how your library can benefit from establishing an online sharing community with Pinterest.

  21. Lab at the Library: STEM Programming

    Holly Jackson, Portneuf District Library

    STEM programming is crucial to creating critical thinkers and by forming community partnerships and creating STEM based programs we can increase the next generation of innovative individuals. These programs don’t have to be extravagant either! There are simple, cost effective ways to convey STEM related concepts. Come gather some ideas of how to implement fun, hands on STEM programming for children, teens, and adults in your libraries.

  22. LEGO @ Your Library

    Mandy Broadhurst, Guntersville Public Library

    Building with LEGO® can provide children of any age a unique, creative, and fun opportunity for learning and socialization. Find out how to start a LEGO Club at your library, including tips on funding, supplies, library materials, club operation, and much more. Participants will also get a hands-on LEGO-building experience.

  23. Maker Spaces: Small Space, Low Budget, High Quality

    Jet Kofoot, Iowa Library Services - North Central District

    This session is intended to help librarians recognize opportunities to create a quality maker space in a small library where resources are limited. It will incorporate information about what a maker space is and offer numerous how to examples that will include cost and space estimates.

  24. Marketing Your Library through Social Media and More

    Penny Hummel, Penny Hummel Consulting

    Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other forms of social media are invaluable assets for libraries hoping to increase their visibility, deepen customer loyalty, grow new audiences, and foster interaction with members of their community. Learn practical ways to effectively and efficiently mobilize these powerful marketing tools for your library.

  25. Marketing Your Library: It’s more than Flyers and Friends

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    Advocacy and marketing are tools that build successful libraries. Learn the skills and resources necessary to keep your library in the minds and hearts of your community.

  26. Nothing but the Truth: Assessing Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books

    Anna Bates, Stuttgart Public LibraryJudy Calhoun, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

    Picture books that depict a variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within the U.S. have the ability to acquaint children with other cultures & ethnic backgrounds. But how do you know when a children’s book accurately portrays the culture of its characters? This workshop will give you the tools you need to choose wisely.

  27. Programs with Pizazz

    Mary Jo Mack, John A Stahl Library

    Our library has hosted some programs that have had overwhelming response. Examples are the Polar Express Story time, Lego Block Parties, Come in Out of the Cold, Mask (grade school) story time and special reading programs. Details about these programs and more will be shared in a presentation.

  28. Routes to Reading: Early Literacy Models that Work in Rural Libraries

    Stephanie Bailey-White, Idaho Commission for Libraries

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries received a National Leadership Grant in 2012 to implement the Routes to Reading Program with the goal to significantly increase the amount of reading done in Idaho homes and rural early childhood education settings. Borrow some great ideas and resources that are available to all.

  29. Board gaming for all ages and interests

    Jezmynne Dene, Portneuf District Library

    With the recent resurgence of board gaming many new and amazing options are now available for all ages and interests. Come and explore the new age of gaming along with gathering strategies to stay within your budget.

  30. Strategic Planning for the Small Library: Aim for the future by planning now

    Gail Santy, Central Kansas Library System

    Every library needs a map to you steer successfully toward your destination, but library literature is geared towards big libraries. Learn to prepare a strategic on-going improvement plan using the Japanese technique of kaizen to lead your library to success by involving library board, staff, friends and the community

  31. Strengthening your Tech Core: Training on the Web

    Maribeth Shafer, Central Kansas Library System

    Evaluate your training needs with in the core tech skills. Discover where to find Online Training Programs and Tutorials for specific tech skills. Leave with a training plan to gain core Tech Skills vital in the Library Community.

  32. Tablet Slinging Librarians: Using Tablets to Improve Library Services

    Leah Kulikowski, Wamego Public Library

    No matter a library’s size or budget, we are all looking for ways to increase staff efficiency and better serve our patrons. This workshop will focus on practical and creative ways to use tablet technology (including reference, circulation, payments, storytime music, program registrations, and more!) to stay on the leading edge of customer service.

  33. Taking the Fear Out of Content Creation for Teens

    Amy K Marshall, The Craig Public Library

    Do teens coming to you with programming ideas scare you or challenge you to help make them a reality? Libraries: the forefront of content creation AND helping teens realize their vision. From Readers Theaters to Building a 3-D Printer; what’s in YOUR toolbox to help your teen patrons grow?

  34. The Pursuit of Happiness… Through Libraries

    Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library

    “The public library is a center of public happiness first…” John Cotton Dana, 1896. Research points to how we can increase happiness in ourselves and others. Using interactive activities, participants will discover how to increase happiness in themselves and others. You will walk away with a smile and a plan.

  35. The Yacolt Library Express: A maximum of service with a minimum of staff

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    Explore this very successful, mostly unstaffed library with presenter Sam Wallin, and ask lots of tough questions! How does it work? What about security? How do people get in? What do you mean by “successful?” How much does it cost? Would it work in my district?

  36. Thinking Outside the Storytime Box

    Amanda Bowden, Portneuf District Library

    Storytime is a great way to help encourage and build literacy development in children. But there are many other programs that can address the literacy needs of patrons and their children. Join Amanda as she leads a discussion on some great programs that are easy and inexpensive, including Special Needs Storytime, Baby Storytime, Music and Movement, and Make and Take Literacy Boosters.

  37. To combine or not to combine: thinking about school/public library combination

    Harry Willems, Central Kansas Library System

    There is movement in some communities, as cost saving measure, to consider combining the school and public library. We will show the good and the possible bad of this and provide checklists for issues to consider.

  38. Trustees: Your Greatest Assets

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    The last library director did everything and then presented it to the board. When I took over as director I expected the Trustees to actively participate. With training and resources we are working together to improve our library. My workshop would help other libraries involve their board in actively working to improve their library as we have.

  39. Use Your Annual Statistics to Evaluate Your Library—Fast

    Chris Rippel, Central Kansas Library System

    Each year public librarians submit statistical reports describing their libraries. Chris demonstrates a fast method for using these statistics to compare libraries of similar size, identifying strengths and suggesting improvements. Here is a link to analysis created in 1 hour:

  40. What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps

    Jeffrey Stoffer, Ak-Chin Indian Community LibraryYadhira Osuna, Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

    Now that you have your iPads what do you put on it? This presentation gives an enormous amount of apps suggestions and a link to our App Tumblr that can be used to search for apps for library specific topics. We hope our experience can be a benefit to all.

Library Director – Asbury, IA

Today’s Date: 03/27/2014

Job Closing Date: 05/14/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Dubuque County Library

Library Location: Asbury, Iowa

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Job Description

Job Title: Library Director
Reports to: County Library Board of Trustees.

Job Summary: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the goals, guidelines, and policies established by the Library Board of Trustees. The director is responsible for the facilities, financial management, and personnel of the library. This is a full-time, minimum of 40 hours/week, salaried position. Position involves some travel requiring use of personal vehicle. The Director must hold a current valid Iowa Driver’s license or be able to obtain one upon moving to Iowa, and possess required auto liability insurance coverage.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. General Administration and Management
a. Prepares for, attends, and participates in monthly library board meetings including posting all public documents at branches and on the library website, providing minutes of the previous meeting, and a summary of library activities in a director’s report.
b. Researches, formulates and recommends policies to the library board.
c. Implements library policies and procedures.
d. Submits monthly invoices for library board review and approval and monitors revenues and expenses.
e. Consults with Dubuque County Budget Director and submits an annual budget proposal to the library board for approval.
f. Presents approved budget request to the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors and advocates for sufficient resources for library operations.
g. Provides monthly financial planning data to the library board to assist in establishing long and short-term financial priorities.
h. Prepares all required reports as defined by the Board (e.g. various State Library of Iowa reports, annual federal E-rate applications).
i. Orients new trustees and serves as a resource for trustee activities.
j. Directs the maintenance of the library facilities and recommends future space needs.
k. Works with staff to create, update, and maintain the library’s website.
l. Establishes and maintains a staff manual of library procedures.
m. Models leadership within the organization by taking initiative, solving problems, effecting change, encouraging the development of staff, and developing a positive work environment.
n. Adheres to all policies and procedures established by the County of Dubuque and the contract agreement with Teamsters Local 120 including hiring, grievances, payroll, purchasing, and financial reports and claims. Consults with Dubuque County Personnel Director on relevant matters.
2. Planning, Organization, and Evaluation
a. Uses leadership skills to provide vision and guidance to library staff, board members and the community.
b. Works with the Board to design and implement an ongoing strategic planning process for the library.
c. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs library service to meet the immediate and long-range goals of the library and the community.
d. Evaluates the effectiveness of library services by analyzing data, customer comments, suggestions, and community surveys.
e. Prepares an annual report of library activities and resources and presents the report to the library board, the Board of Supervisors, and officials of other contracting cities.
f. Investigates new trends and specific library programs, facilitates testing of new techniques, materials, and equipment to improve the operation of the library, and reports relevant data and trends to the board.
3. Personnel Management
a. Develops staff job descriptions, evaluates staff performance relative to defined goals, recommends and administers personnel policies.
b. Hires, schedules, evaluates annually, promotes and terminates staff.
c. Develops and maintains a staff orientation manual and program.
d. Works to promote high staff morale by being readily available to listen to staff concerns, responding to those concerns effectively and within a reasonable period of time, solving problems before they become concerns, encouraging staff, visiting each DCL branch regularly, and giving guidance as appropriate.
e. Provides for in-service programs for employee training and development, encouraging staff input, and encourages staff professional growth by supporting participation in professional associations, workshops, seminars, and activities.
4. Community and Professional Development
a. Represents the library and speaks before community, civic, and other groups, promoting the library’s values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders.
b. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies such as the cities that contract for library service and the other public libraries in the county, civic and community groups, and the general public.
c. Supports the work of the Friends of the Library.
d. Forms strategic partnerships with community organizations.
e. Participates in professional development opportunities.
5. Other duties as required

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: $45,000 to $50,000 plus exceptional benefits package

How to apply? Because of local regulation, all applications must go through Iowa Works. To be considered for this position you must complete BOTH of these steps below.

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 – 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, May 14, 2014.

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

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

County Librarian – Hertford, NC

Today’s Date: 03/24/2014

Job Title: County Librarian, Perquimans County LIbrary

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Perquimans County LIbrary

Library Location: Hertford, NC

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: DATE LISTED: March 21, 2014

TITLE: County Library Manager

LIBRARY: Perquimans County Library – part of the Pettigrew Regional Library System serving Perquimans, Chowan, Washington and Tyrrell.

CITY: Hertford, NC

NOTE: The Library is located in historic and beautiful Hertford, the county seat of Perquimans County, in Northeastern North Carolina. Perquimans County is the home of the Newbold-White House, built in 1730, the oldest brick house in North Carolina, and the beautiful Perquimans River with its unique S-shaped bridge. The library serves the 12,000+ residents of this rural community which is approximately an hour from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and metropolitan Norfolk, Virginia.

QUALIFICATIONS: DUTIES: Provides leadership, direction, and professional guidance in the delivery of library services in Perquimans County. Supervises staff of 4. Responsible for all operations in management of a very active county library. Reports to the Director of the Regional Library.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: or contact Judi Bugniazet at or 252-793-2875. PRL is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualifications: MLS from ALA-accredited institution; minimum three years of public library experience; supervisory experience; eligible for certification by North Carolina Public Library Certification Board. Must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with community groups and county officials as well as work as a team member with the 3 other county librarians and the director. Experience working on a building or renovation project preferred.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: SALARY: $38,000/yr. min. + full benefits. A 35 hour a week position.

How to apply? AVAILABLE: Position currently open

APPLY BY: Position open until filled. Applications will be reviewed in April.

TO APPLY: Send resume with cover letter and three professional references to: Judi Bugniazet, Library Director, Pettigrew Regional Library, 201 East Third Street, Plymouth, NC 27962 or e-mail attachments to

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: or contact Judi Bugniazet at or 252-793-2875. PRL is an equal opportunity employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2014 Vendor/Sponsorship Levels and Prices

  1. Vendor Space – Regular

    For Library vendors

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 1 Complimentary Conference Registration
    • Additional Vendor Staff – Free without Meal Plan
    • Listing in Conference Program

    Cost – $500 ($450 for ARSL Business Members)—Meal Plans are available for those not included in the Complimentary Registration

  2. Vendor Space—Non-Profit

    For library-related organizations only, please.

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • Listing in Conference Program

    Cost – $75 (No Conference Registration or meals are included)

  3. Vendor Presentations—NEW!

    An opportunity for vendors to share their product or service in a public forum. First 30 minutes is included with the Exhibitor’s Package and an additional 30 minutes costs $50.00.
  4. Utilities

    • Electric – $10.00
    • Wireless Internet is free.
  5. Welcome Mixer Sponsor

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 2 complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Premium Listing in Conference Program
    • Signage at Welcome Mixer held Thursday Evening
    • Listing on Conference Promotional Material

    Cost – $2000

  6. Author Luncheon Sponsor

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 2 complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Premium Listing in Conference Program
    • Signage at Author Luncheon Friday Afternoon
    • Listing on Conference Promotional Material

    Cost – $2000

  7. Conference Bags Sponsor

    Premium Listing in Conference Program Company Name/logo posted on committee selected bags, given to every Conference Attendee

    Cost – $1500

  8. Thursday & Friday – Morning Continental Breakfast Sponsors

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 2 complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Signage at Break area
    • Company name/logo listed in Conference Schedule in conjunction with Break listing (Conference Schedule will be posted on websites)

    Cost – $1000 each

  9. Thursday & Friday – Beverage Break Sponsors, Morning

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 2 complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Signage at Break area
    • Company name/logo listed in Conference Schedule in conjunction with Break listing (Conference Schedule will be posted on websites)

    Cost – $1000 each

  10. Thursday & Friday – Refreshment Break Sponsors, Afternoon

    • Booth space including 6’ skirted table
    • 2 complimentary Conference Registrations
    • Signage at Break area
    • Company name/logo listed in Conference Schedule in conjunction with Break listing (Conference Schedule will be posted on websites)

    Cost – $1000 each

Exhibit Hall

All breaks will be in the exhibit hall

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thurs: 10:45AM – 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Raffle

Vendor “No Conflicts” Time

Thursday – 2 Hours
Friday – 2.5 Hours; 4:00PM, Raffle


For more information on how you can be a vendor at this year’s ARSL conference, please contact Donna Brice.

State Librarian, GA

Today’s Date: 03/14/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/25/2014

Job Title: State Librarian Job Announcement

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Georgia Public LIbrary Service

Library Location: Georgia

Duties / Job description: State Librarian Job Announcement

The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) seeks a new State Librarian. GPLS is part of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia but on a day-to-day basis has considerable authority to govern itself. The State Librarian is an employee of the Board of Regents and works with the network of public library systems, which are county and regional organizations.


Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is the state library administrative agency and a unit of the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. With headquarters in Atlanta, GPLS employs 42 professional librarians, technical experts and support staff. Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), the network of regional libraries serving Georgia residents with visual or print disabilities, is a division of GPLS. The State Librarian continually communicates with stakeholders in the library community to ensure that priorities align and provides state-wide leadership for GPLS staff, public library staff, friends groups and other supporters as they strive to empower libraries to improve the lives of Georgians. The tasks and individual roles of many GPLS staff members have grown larger and more critical in the past five years, a period in which state funding for public library services has decreased by almost 30 percent. Georgia’s 403 public libraries serve communities large and small in all 159 counties, offering services and programs that are as creative and unique as their individual communities. As public demand for library services continues to grow, Georgia’s public libraries are increasingly asked to do more with less. GPLS continually communicates with stakeholders in the library community to ensure that priorities align.

The State Librarian should:

· Possess strong communication skills to communicate on behalf of public libraries;

· Seek out and listen to advice of library directors;

· Have ability to relate to the unique structure of, and relationships among, library systems in Georgia, with single-county and regional systems in rural, urban and suburban settings;

· Gain an understanding of the relationship between the state’s role and that of local boards;

· Develop a vision for the network of public library systems in Georgia and have the capacity to generate support for that vision;

· Be an effective advocate for that vision and for pursuing and securing the resources to support it;

· Provide strong leadership in an age of dynamic change in the technology used in public libraries;

· Have a deep understanding of what public libraries do and have strong belief in customer service;

· Understand how to work with elected officials and the various local, state and national organizations that affect public libraries;

· Be an effective manager of people and budgets;

· Have an understanding of modern communications tools, including social media, and understand the need for an effective and cohesive marketing effort on behalf of public libraries.

· Master of Library Science from ALA-accredited institution preferred. Those holding a Ph.D. and who have public library experience are encouraged to apply. Experience as a public library director strongly preferred.

· Minimum seven years’ experience working in a public library with increasing responsibilities.

· Knowledge of, or experience working in state libraries or systems and/or experience in state government.

· Extensive experience working with elected officials, appointed boards and other partners and constituencies essential to leading a successful library system.

· Demonstrated leadership experience either by positions held or successes achieved in program delivery.

· Experience in or thorough knowledge of, federal library programs.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range:

How to apply? The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the search. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 25, 2014 to:

Laurie C. Wilder, Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext: 109 and 117 ||

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Board Agenda – Friday, March 21, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, March 21, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central


Step 1:  Dial in:  866-740-1260

Access Code: 5149183

Step 2: Web Login —


ARSL Mission Statement:

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries provides resources and support that empower those

in small and rural libraries to deliver excellent service for their communities




2 min.   I.          Welcome and Call to Order                                                                 Tena Hanson,

****** Start Meeting Recording******                                               President


3 min.   II.        Consent Agenda

    • Approve Minutes of January 17, 2014*/**
    • Current Financial Statements*/**
    • Member Services Committee Report     (Download)
    • Conference Planning Committee Report     (Download)
    • Partnerships  Committee Report     (Download)
    • Member Development Committee Report
    • Governance Committee Report
    • Finance Committee Report
    • Executive Committee Report     (Download)
    • President’s Report     (Download)



5 min.   III.       Verbal Committee Reports if Pulled from Consent Agenda

  •  Member Services CE update


10 min. IV        President’s Report            (Download)                                                            Tena


  • Discuss follow-up actions to Membership Vote to Approve New Mission Statement
  • Reminder of DropBox storage changes (deleting docs from Board Meeting Folder following meeting)
  • Discuss Volunteer Application Process
  • Discuss potential partnership with Peter Pearson ( on future IMLS grant proposal



10 min. IV.       Approval of ARSL Student Chapter Policy & Application*/** Tena




10 min. V.        Approve SHLB Involvement*/**                                                         Tena


  • Organizational Membership
  • ARSL Representative Conference Attendance
  • Potential ARSL Panel Presenter
  • Gigabit Libraries Network
  • Potential for SHLB Speaker at ARSL Conference in September


5 min.   VI.       Governance Committee                                                           Paul Healey, Chair


  • Approval of Policy on Member Conduct at Board Meetings*/**
  • Review and solicit feedback on DRAFT revised policy on Partnerships*/**



5 min.   VII.      Approval of Investment Policy*/**                                          Mary Stenger,




5 min. VIII.    US Fire Administration MOA*/**                                           Tena

5 min. IX.       Consider Texas Library Association Affiliate Application        Gail Sheldon, Co-Chair


5 min. X.        Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries                           Tena and Donna




5 min. XI.          Nominating Committee Report                                                Andrea Berstler, Chair




5 min. XII.        Approve Proposed Emerging Leader Selection Process            Tena

(starts in April, Decision in July to meet ALA 9/1 deadline)








5 min. XIV.    Topics Identified for Board Work Session?



Next Board Meeting – Friday, May 16, 2014 — ReadyTalk



90 min.             ADJOURN BOARD MEETING


* Denotes Action Item

** Posted in DROP BOX

Library Director – Newburgh, IN

Today’s Date: 03/05/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/23/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Institution Ohio Township Public Library System

Library Location: Newburgh, Indiana

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Welcome to our town—as the next director of the Ohio Township Public Library System. The Library Board of Trustees seeks a new leader to help continue and enhance the Library’s successful role as a creative, cultural, and collaborative connection in the community. The Library director will work strategically with local organizations and agencies and be responsive to the needs and concerns of staff, patrons and the community. Ohio Township Public Library System, (, is an independent district with a tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library service. Governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, the Library staff of 50 serves the 37,749 citizens in Ohio Township with a $2 million dollar annual budget. The Library consists of the new Central Library, and two branch facilities: Chandler, located in the town of Chandler; and Newburgh, located in a 1984 building fronting the Ohio River. The challenge for the next director will be to forge strong community relationships and partnerships while leading a motivated staff to further serve the community effectively.

Ohio Township, consisting primarily of the cities of Newburgh and Chandler, is located in southwest Indiana in Warrick County. Nestled against a bend in the Ohio River, this community has deep historical roots, small town charm, and a thriving waterfront. While home to interesting shops, quality dining, and local events and festivals, city amenities are also easily accessible – Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis and Louisville are all within a few hours’ drive. With a quality public school system, the University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana, Newburgh also hosts parks, trails, and golf courses. Several large corporations in the region, such as Alcoa, Tropicana Entertainment, Vigo Coal, Toyota, and Deaconess Health System, a low cost of living and a strong agricultural presence contribute to a high quality of life. For additional information, please visit Ohio Township Links, (

Responsibilities. The Director reports to a seven-member Library Board of Trustees and works with the Board, staff, and community stakeholders to establish the strategic vision for the Library aligning the Library’s mission, goals and objectives with the community’s needs and priorities. This is complex executive work which includes planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the library. The Director also works closely with the Board of Library Trustees, local government, and community agencies and organizations. Too, the Director ensures that local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations applicable to Indiana libraries and the by-laws, policies, and directives of the Library Board are being met.

Qualifications: Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain an Indiana Librarian Certificate 2; and a minimum of three years of relevant library experience which includes supervision of staff. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library service. Successful experience as a library director reporting to a governing board is desirable.

Compensation. The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

How to apply? For further information contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, (, via email or telephone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments via email to Karen Miller,, or Jobeth Bradbury,, on or before the closing date of March 23, 2014.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.