The last chance to order a conference t-shirt is now upon us. Now until Sept. 14th shirts can be ordered to show your support of the ARSL conference. Shirts have an expected delivery date of Sept. 30th. And as an added bonus, if you wear your shirt on the Thursday of conference, you will be registered to win a special door prize! So show your support, but order early as these shirts will NOT be available at conference.
Order online only at https://www.booster.com/arsl2016conferencelastchance
ARSL offered three scholarships to attend the fall conference coming up in Fargo. Today the Conference Scholarship Committee has announced the winners. Drum roll, please!
The winner of the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship is
Melissa Wickelhaus, Clarion University MLIS student and Assistant Director, Pendleton County Public Library, Falmouth, KY.
The winner of the Founders Scholarship is
Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services, Larry P. Aitken Library / Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, MN.
The winner of the Ken Davenport Scholarship is
Vanessa Everhart, Program Director, Bennington Community Library, Bennington, KS.
Congratulation!!!!! See you in Fargo!
If you haven’t registered for the ARSL Conference planned for Oct. 27-29 in Fargo, you can do so on ARSL’s Website (arsl.info). Early bird discount applies through August, and most meals are included. Hotel Info.
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Really need to connect with younger patrons? Check out these outstanding workshops planned for #ARSL2016!
Teenagers Assemble! How we revitalized our teen program with a little help from the Avengers! Paul Daybell, Chelsey Hawkes & Adam Winger, North Logan Library, UTAH
The North Logan Library has taken an out-of- the-box approach to building a super teen program. Over the last two years attendance has increased 2500% with weekly activities with 30+ teens. We will discuss: creative after-hours programming, creating a Teen Advisory Board that works, and adopting a culminating events program model. Modifiable Music and Movement, Mary DeWalt
Heard about preschool “music and movement” programming but are not sure how it works? Interested in offering “music and movement” but fear it is too expensive, time intensive, or requires too much space? Learn about the concept, join an interactive demonstration of modified programming, and share ideas of your own.
Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services, Linda Braun Middle school is a crucial time for teens to begin planning for college and career next steps, frequently they have a hard time getting started. In this session you’ll get the chance to talk about how the library can play a role in supporting middle school youth in this area.
The march towards conference has hit another milestone. The conference hotel is sold out! While there are no more rooms at the Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn Express (located conveniently next to the conference hotel) has now been named the official overflow hotel for ARSL 2016.
ARSL has negotiated a rate of $109/night for a limited number of hotel rooms. Double rooms may be booked online using the Group Code “ARS.” Please note you may need to select “more options” for the Group Code box to appear. You may also call the hotel at 701-282-2000 and reserve a single room. Please mention the group code and that you are with ARSL.
All hotel rooms must be booked by September 26, 2016 for the discounted rate.
See you in Fargo!
Entities everywhere must vie for the attention of consumers, and the library is no exception.
Whether you are new to the idea of promoting libraries or you have years of experience, the 2016
conference in Fargo offers a couple of break-out sessions to help – you’ll learn about tools that are free
to use, tips for building a relationship with the local media, and techniques for crafting your promotion
Attend “Be Your Own Graphic Designer” and you’ll get design tips from Kim Kietzman and Emily
Linacre. These ladies will introduce you to new-to- you online tools and will discuss the relevant rules for
a variety of specific media. They will be delighted to guide you in your quest to craft a message and to
create professional-looking graphics for use in spreading your library’s word.
Sitting in on “Developing Successful Media Partnerships” will provide you the chance to learn
from Laura Pitts, current library director and former newspaper reporter and magazine editor. Ms. Pitts
will guide you in writing a press release and submitting photos, and her experience will help enable you
to get better media coverage for your library.
If you have been seeking ways to better promote your library, these break-out sessions will
prove invaluable, and they are just two of the fantastic programs being offered at this year’s ARSL
The member’s only list-serve had another active month. Here are a few of the questions that got the most buzz last month. List-serve topics are archived on the membership page of the ARSL website.
Requests for a variety of product recommendations were posted.
How is cataloging handled in your library? Do you have one trained cataloger or multiple copy catalogers? Is anyone still doing any original cataloging?
Mass email products were discussed and evaluated.
Several people offered information about the value of security cameras.
How are other libraries using spine stickers for genre designations? Do you shelve and/or catalog by genre?
Policy examples were discussed for meeting room usage, rental agreements, strategic planning, and more.
We had a great discussion about internet filtering; software, government requirements and local policies.
Is anyone using MLS credentials to help other libraries fulfill accreditation requirements? How much do you charge and how involved are you in the day to day work at that library.
Be sure to post your questions to the ARSL List-serve and gather insight from hundreds of other libraries that are just like yours!
It’s easy to get in a rut with the same tried and true programs. Spice up your program menu with new
ideas that won’t bust the budget. Five programming sessions are offered to bring a taste of something
new to your programs:
Best practices and lessons learned from successful “Leave the Library” programs. Leave with
ideas and templates to design you own self-directed, family-friendly, nature –based programs.
Presented by Kylie Fullmer and Brooke Pederson
Kahoot is a free, web-based platform allowing trivia hosts to create questions. Players respond
to questions via mobile device. Session attendees will participate in a Kahoot trivia session,
make a Kahoot and get programming tips. Presented by Harmony Higbie
Libraries Short on Time, but not on Imagination!
Learn how the STAR Library Education Network can help you print free mini-exhibits, design
your own “Discovery Tables” and create a rotating display. This session is great for libraries with
limited staff and budget, who still want to have a little fun. Presented by Keliann LaConte and
Learn about the collaborative program with the Madison Middle School and PAGE (Partnership
for Appalachian Girls’ Education) creating digital stories over a course of 6 months. The
published works were catalogued and placed in the library for use with the library’s READ WITH
ME program. Presented by Melanie Morgan and Shawna Bryce.
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Mississippi) circulates American Girl dolls and
provides a localized historical journey through each dolls’ time period . Through an inter-office
partnership, the Children’s Services Department and the Local History Department worked to
create public programming that highlights the history and growth of Lowndes County, educates
about the importance of civil rights and connects young learners with their local roots.
Presented by Erin Busbea.
Register now for ARSL2016 North of Normal to attend these great sessions!
Looking for something to add to your fun before you get down to the business of conference? Will your travels bring you to town a day early?
Consider checking out one of the many tours that will be available on Wednesday, October 26th. Registration for tours is handled during the conference registration Take a look and see what interests you!
Also, please note that these tours are open to your guests. Should you be traveling with your family and want to bring them along please book additional tour spaces during your registration process.
Tour of Area Libraries $20 25 minimum/56 maximum
You know you are a library professional when you just can’t help but checking out a library in whatever town you are visiting. This tour meets that inner desire to “checkout” the local buildings. The tour will leave the Holiday Inn and make it’s first stop at the West Fargo Public Library. After touring this library , the group will then proceed to the Fargo Public Library – Main Branch for a tour of their facility and will then head across the Red River of the North to the Moorhead Public Library/Lake Agassiz Regional Library System for a look at a Minnesota library.
Hjemkomst Tour $25 15 minimum/56 maximum
From the hotel this tour group will travel by bus to the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center which is home of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church, Clay County artifacts and archives and local, regional, and national traveling exhibits.
Brewery Tours $40 45 minimum/maximum
Set off on a three brewery tour of the Fargo/Moorhead area with other conference goers. A shuttle bus will leave the Holiday Inn and begin the tour at Fargo Brewing, proceeding to Drekker Brewing and wrapping up with the Junkyard Brewing Co. Tours will include a Q & A session with an expert brew master, one hour at each brewery, beer sampling (varies at each location), $1.00 discount on beer purchased day of event only (with Urban Toad Media wrist band), merchandise discount (with Urban Toad Media wrist band), and snacks at the Drekker Brewing Company. Please note no alcohol is allowed on the bus, and water will be provided.
If you are not a member, here are a few of the topics you missed on the list serve in June.
We are working on our disaster plan? Does anyone have examples of memos of understanding with other agencies or businesses to allow storage or temporary branches in emergencies?
Ideas for serving the LGBT community in small libraries were shared.
How do you handle thank you acknowledgments for donors; printed thank you cards, hand written notes, mention on website or a combination depending on amount?
Paid private tutors using library supplies.
There were a number of discussions about summer reading logistics: pre-registration and completion requirements, adult/teen programs, performer contracts and vetting.
Are there any libraries where booksales and gift shops are operated by the staff instead of the friends? What are your policies?
There were several requests for first-hand information a variety of products, software and vendors.
How do you enforce fine limits on families with multiple cards? What are your limits and do you allow computer checkout even if the card exceeds fine limits? What are the dangers for violating patron confidentiality if you connect accounts?
You can take part in the list-serve discussions as well when you are an ARSL member. For more information, please check out our membership information page.