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Pew Report: Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

By Gail Sheldon

I am pleased to represent the ARSL Board of directors as a member of the Pew Internet & American Life Advisory Committee. As librarians, we all know that children and parents have a very special relationship with reading and libraries. We see it every day. Whether it is for story hour, early literacy, homework, school projects, or other programs – parents (grandparents, too) and children love their library. We see their smiling faces, their inquisitive natures, and the joy at finding just the “right” book.

Even though we see this every day and understand how important libraries are to parents and children, oftentimes those who are in control of our funding do not. They do not see how essential we really are. Today, you have ammunition – you have facts and figures that you can use to advocate for your library and the vital role it plays in in the lives of children and parents in your community.  The Pew Internet and American Life Report, “Children, Parents, Libraries, and Reading” was released today. You can find the entire report at libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/05/01/parents-children-libraries-and-reading.

Some of the facts you will find:

“The importance parents assign to reading and access to knowledge shapes their enthusiasm for libraries and their programs:

  • 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6), some 84% of whom describe libraries as very important.
  • 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.
  • 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
  • 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.

Almost every parent (97%) says it is important for libraries to offer programs and classes for children and teens.” (Part of the report summary)

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be afraid to read these reports – while some research can seem dry and difficult to read – these are very accessible and easy to understand. They are full of visual representations of the data so you can see how each question relates to the other. It will really get you thinking, “How can I use this? What will make the most difference?” The answers to these questions will be different for each of us depending on our situations. But find something you can use from this report and pair it with YOUR own observations and statistics, and library stories from YOUR patrons. Nothing speaks like stories. You know your library and your stakeholders best. Please share your ideas for using this research with the Listserv; it generates ideas for all of us.

Thank you to the Gates Foundation for funding this research, and to the Pew Research Center for their significant work.


2013 – Breakout Session Descriptions

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21st Century iBrary
Matthew Cross
Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

For the past four years the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library has prided itself with using new innovative methods to teach digital media and 21st century skills. Our presentation is about telling our story and is meant to inspire others to think outside their box for programming at their libraries.

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Librarian
Sarah R. Day
Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library

I describe our after school program (a 3 week rotation of games, crafts, and movies) and explain how anyone can implement a similar program at their library, no matter their size. In the second half of my program, I teach a simple craft.

Answering Legal Reference Questions on a Shoestring
Paul Healey

Reference questions seeking legal information are fairly common, but most rural and small libraries do not have the materials, or the expertise, to answer such questions. This presentation will explain the ins and outs of answering such questions, including potential legal issues in providing help. We will also look briefly at the array of legal materials and resources available for free on the Internet.

Ask Them…The Right Way: Creating Community Surveys
Kim Kietzman
Altoona Public Library

Writing questions for community surveys that get responses and results is frequently something libraries pay someone else to do – at great expense. Get tips and tricks to create your own!

Build Library Awareness by Engaging Your Community
Jennifer Powell
OCLC

Jenny Powell, Field Manager for OCLC’s Geek the Library community awareness campaign, will use the experience of libraries participating in this free program as a platform for a broader discussion about the importance of library personnel getting out of the library and into the community to make connections, build relationships and educate the public about the library’s important local role. Jenny will inspire with examples of library leaders and staff who successfully engaged the local community.

Cataloger as SEP Expert
Melissa Powell
biblioease.com

The cataloging database is the foundation of the library’s web presence and as such drives traffic to the pertinent information in the PAC. How well are you ranking your resources for your users? Discussion of access points, notes, and subject headings. Essential for copy catalogers and frontline staff as well.

Community 3E: Innovative Programming/Community Involvement
Gail Sheldon
Oneonta Public Library

The presentation describes the initial conception, and continued organization and presentation of Oneonta Public Library’s two annual premier events – our Public Safety Fair: “Don’t be Lucky – Be Safe” and Haunted Library: “Terror in the Stacks”. These events are part of the Library’s Community 3E initiative (Education, Engagement, and Entertainment).

Community Connections
Becky Baker
Seward Memorial Library

A panel discussion on various ways to help the library connect with the community, especially the business community, in ways that don’t cost too much! Summer promotions and more will be included.

Dazzling Displays on a Dime
Leah Krotz
Belleville Public Library

Displays don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Learn to create captivating displays, using everyday objects and fun themes to bring your library to life. You’ll see tons of pictures to get your creative juices flowing, and go home with resources and practical tips for creating displays that dazzle!

DigitalLearn.org
Jamie Hollier
Public Library Association

Information session about the Public Library Association’s DigitalLearn.org, an IMLS funded project launching in June 2013. Digitalearn.org is an online hub for digital literacy support and training, with a special focus on rural and small libraries. Included in DigitalLearn.org are self-directed trainings for end-users and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers.

Establish a Seed Saving Library
David Mixdorf
South Sioux City Public Library

Describes how to establish a seed saving library for minimal expense.

Excel at Rearranging Your Library
Chris Rippel
Central Kansas Library System

Eventually, librarians need or want to rearrange their libraries. Rearranging bits of paper is tricky. Chris Rippel demonstrates using Excel to easily create a variety of patron-friendly layouts. It’s free, quick to learn and use, and perfect for small libraries.

Family Read – Family-Centric Reading Program
Heidi Schutt
Muir Library

This summer, a few libraries in southern Minnesota are trying a new style of a summer reading program. We are compiling family-oriented resources to create a FamilyRead program that involves and encourages entire families to read together and talk about what they’re reading. We want to share our resources and results.

From Cozy to Exotic:  Not your typical library program
Carrie Falk
Shenandoah Public Library

Will share programs that work at our library and make suggestions for people, organizations and local businesses you can partner with to enhance programs and save costs. We’ve had everything from a car cruise to a gadget zoo to Saturday craft day projects. Will include many more examples and pictures.

Fundraising to Build and Sustain the Best Small Library in America
Amy McBride
Montrose Regional Library District

Learn how the Montrose Regional Library District raised $1 million to build a National Medal-winning library in Naturita, Colorado (population=546), and how it raises at least $30,000 annually to sustain it.

 The Future is Now
Andrea Berstler
Wicomico Public Library

With the technology landscape constantly shape-shifting, libraries must respond as futurists to changing patron needs. Learn strategies on how to remain relevant, if not core, to your community’s needs by providing the means and support for patrons to create and innovate. Rural and small libraries with limited resources can become community innovation incubators, by providing patrons access to transformative technologies and by creating the space for new ideas to be explored. From makerspaces to editing suites to digital learning labs, libraries are empowering and impacting their communities, now and in the future.

Gaming and Game Programming in the Library
Josh Barnes
Portneuf District Library

Got game? Come and explore the many types of games, consoles, and programs available to make your library the hottest place on the block. We’ll also discuss ways to get started: everything from the equipment you’ll need to getting your library’s management on board.

Genealogy Basics for the Non-Genealogist Librarian
Sarah Uthoff
Kirkwood Community College Library

Librarians have to take on many unexpected roles. One of these is the preserver of local history and sidekick in people’s quest to find their family tree. This session will give you the background knowledge to help you help your patrons find the right track.

Hitting It Out of the Park:  Leadership and Advocacy
Valerie Haverhals
Hawarden Public Librrary

The presentation combines library leadership and advocacy to ensure that your library is newsworthy, active, and partnering with groups in the community.

I Didn’t Know Directors Had To Do THAT!
Maryann Mori
Iowa Library Services

Would-be directors often have misconceptions about the role of director, and many newly-appointed directors are surprised to learn exactly what their job description means when they start the job. Understand the joys and challenges of becoming a director, and gain practical tips for finding help when help is needed.

Innovation on a Shoestring
Christa Burns, Nebraska Library Commission
Louise Alcorn, West Des Moines Public Library

Libraries everywhere are dealing with tight budgets and shrinking staff. Small and medium libraries are particularly hard hit by these issues. How are these libraries maintaining a respectable level of technology and library service innovation with little or no money and staff? They are starting new programs, bringing in new resources, and developing new partnerships. This session will highlight some very creative responses from small and rural libraries in middle America.

Into the Wild Blue:  Initiating an Educational Rocketry Program in Your Library
Steven Arthur
Ellis Public Library

Six year successful and growing program of rocketry. taught to kids in the community, other locations in the county as well as to other communities in Western Kansas. It is presented at 4H Space Tech Days, have offered this program to boy scouts and girl scouts and have been approached to offer it in surrounding schools. Program is a collaborative effort between the library and county extension, provides passive remedial instruction in sciences, and has grown exponentially. Annual launch is attended by the community and is a fixed feature in local fair. Kids develop a sense of pride when launching a rocket they built. City made proclamation to declare Ellis ʺRocket Townʺ each year at annual launch. Also supported by local businesses.

Laughter for the Health of It:  Using therapeutic laughter in library programming
Wendy Street
Pella Public Library

I am a Certified Laughter Leader and do library outreach programs that incorporate information about the health aspects of laughter as well as laughter exercises. My presentation will include how to do a Laughter Club, how to incorporate laughter exercises in library programming, and participation in an actual laughter session.

Makers and Mentors and More
Timothy G. Owens
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Looking for new ways to reach teens without breaking the bank? Get ideas to adopt and adapt from the maker movement, learning labs, and more, by exploring projects supported with federal LSTA funding. Leave with tips and tools for engaging teens on a shoestring budget.


Mind Mapping Your Library, Mind Mapping Your Life

Denise Anton Wright
South Central Library System

Mind Mapping is an incredibly powerful visual tool that was first popularized by Tony Buzan in the 1960s. Since that time Mind Mapping has been successfully used as a planning model in a variety of library settings. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with Mind Mapping to achieve both professional and personal goals.


No Cost Staff Recognition

Sheila Urwiler
Starke County Public Library System

Our staff are our best resource for marketing, advocating and providing outstanding service; with limited budgets and time, we don’t always appreciate them as much as we should. This presentation will discuss low- and no-cost ideas for implementing a staff recognition program, and empowering staff to appreciate each other.

Pew Panel
Lee Rainie

This panel discussion will offer follow-up information regarding data presented in Lee Rainie’s opening keynote presentation.  Those interested in learning more about applying the data to their own situations and libraries won’t want to miss it.

Physical Change by Mental Change
Lola DeWall
Pocahontas Public Library

Marketing your library to appear fresh and new on a budget. How many times have you said, ʺI can’t do anything to change the appearance of my library. This is the only way it works.ʺ Ideas presented to physically market your library to the community. (Design on a Nickel)

The Power of One
Judy Calhoun
Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

Running a one-person library can be a daunting task. In the Power of One, we will show how you can transform from mild mannered librarian to Super Librarian! Discover your superpowers to unleash skills that will help to make your life easier and more efficient.
Topics that will be included are: Time Management, working well with others: board members, volunteers, Friends, etc., financial Matters, technology Issues and more!

Pushing the Limits
Al Bennett

Larry Grieco, Director of the Gilpin County Public Library in Colorado

Pushing the Limits is entering the fourth and final year for funding by the National Science Foundation. Twenty rural libraries offered four programs each in 2013 for their communities featuring reading, viewing project-developed videos and discussions involving local scientists. Leaders from participating libraries will describe their activities. The additional rural library grantees will be in introduced. The future of the program after 2014 will be discussed.

Reader’s Advisory on the Run
Carolyn Petersen
Washington State Library

This presentation is aimed at the librarian who is too busy to read everything he/she would like to, but still wants to keep abreast of adult reading trends so they can recommend materials for their patrons. Topic covered: book awards, best seller lists, internet sites to follow, How to judge a book by its cover.

Refurbishing Reference
Terry Elsey
Laurens County Public Library

  • Survey holdings in reference
  • Decide reference depth and breadth with typical update periods
  • Include decisions on print vs eresources such as ebooks and databases
  • Make reference policy
  • Significantly weed print collection, possibly move to circulation, local history collection, discard or update
  • New signage, print placement
  • Arrangement of databases on website

Small Libraries Can Make Big Impact
Joan K. Weaver
Kinsley Public Library

The small, rural library can stay relevant by being instrumental in preserving their community’s heritage through oral histories. Presentation will show how small libraries can follow the example of the Kinsley Library (recognized throughout Kansas and as a two-time 2012 ALA award winner) in gathering, preserving and making accessible the lives of 66 citizens. See ʺPatchwork of Dependencyʺ, ʺPatterns of Changeʺ, and ʺ1979 Tractorcade to D.C.ʺ at www.kinsleylibrary.info

Start a 1,000 Books B4K Program at Your Library
Karen Drevo
Norfolk Public Library

Learn how to launch a ʺ1,000 Books Before Kindergartenʺ stealth program at your library to ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to read, reinforce parents’ role as their child’s first teacher, instill the lifelong love of reading in young children, encourage frequent visits to the library, and boost your circulation–all on a shoestring budget.

Super Hero Leadership
Lisa Lewis
Huachuca City Public Library

ʺEMPOWERʺ your library by developing ʺSUPERHEROʺ leadership skills. Channel your inner superhero and lead your library through difficult challenges such as budget, innovative programs, community outreach, staffing difficulties and much more. You will leave this presentation armed with all the tools necessary to conquer the world!!! (maybe a slight exaggeration).

Tapping Into Transnational Communities
John Thill
Napa County Library

This program examines the way in which transnational communities, those based on extended families and hometowns within a country of origin, can be used to create specifically tailored library services that reflect the true demographics of a library’s Spanish speaking community. The presentation will include tips on identifying transnational communities within a service area by using internet resources and on-the-ground cues and how to utilize this information in collections and programming.

Tech Tools Get-er Done for Free
Kieran Hixon
Colorado State Library

Join Kieran as he unpacks his toolbox full of 25+ free tech tools that you will be able to use at your library with a flick of a mouse.

Teen Programs That Pack a Punch
Hope Decker
Cohocton Public Library

Every library can provide teen programs that teens will love; “If you build it they will come”. Three simple programs will be presented (Extreme Cupcake Decorating, Ultimate PB&J Challenge and Duct Tape Crafts). At the end participants can share their own teen programs, pit falls of teen programming and brain storm solutions.

Think Outside the Barn @ your library
Rachel Miller
Forsyth Public Library
Louise Greene
Richland Community College

Advocate for small and rural libraries in the festive atmosphere of a fair, farm show, or community event. Bring “Think Outside the Barn@Your Library” to your area and connect with patrons on their turf. These venues are perfect to remind people with rural roots what libraries do for them.
What will participants learn from this program?
1. What resources are needed to be a presence at a fair, farm show, or community event.
2. How to operate a booth including staffing, decor, and visitor interactions.
3. How to uncover local opportunities to promote your library

Working Together: The Library Director’s Relationship with Library Trustees & City Government
Susan Mannix
LeClaire Community Library

Maintaining effective & productive relationships with the Library Board of Trustees, City Government & City Administration can be among the Public Library Director’s most important and challenging roles. Join in a discussion on how a Director can confidently and successfully manage these pivotal professional relationships.

Weeding: The Good, The Bad, and the Mustie
Jeremy Bolom
Lincoln Parish Library, Ruston, LA

Weeding is not a dirty word! Change your attitude about weeding and take charge of your collection. Learn the essential steps to make your collection more useful, comfortable, and attractive for your users.

See more information about 2013 ARSL Conference including Registration.

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2013 Conference Registration Now Open

The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the September 25-28, 2013 ARSL Annual Conference to be held at the Doubletree in downtown Omaha, NE. Start the process by following the link listed on the registration page of our website, here: Registration Overview Page.

Be sure to take advantage of early bird member pricing (membership pays for itself if you’re coming to conference), and also the special events that will soon sell out, such as:

  • Preconferences scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th (featuring 1 full day and 3 half-day options)
  • Tours (featuring your choice of a full day tour of several local sites filled with history, shopping, and a famous restaurant for lunch, or an evening ghost tour!)

Our conference will feature the following keynote speakers, in addition to a wide variety of breakout sessions:

  • Thursday opening keynote: Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center
  • Thursday luncheon: Mary Beth Stenger, winner of the 2013 Best Small Library in America Award
  • Friday opening keynote: Joseph Starita, award winning author and American Indian history scholar
  • Friday Author Luncheon: Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, featured on A&E’s hit television program
  • Saturday closing keynote: Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries

In addition to all of these excellent speakers, we invite you to join us the evening of Wednesday, September 25th from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Omaha Public Library (just over a block from the conference center) for a welcome reception complete with music, an array of foods originating in Nebraska, a cash bar, and excellent company. Conference registration includes all meals (this also includes the Author Luncheon) from Wednesday evening’s reception through Saturday’s brunch), with the exception of Thursday and Friday evening, when you are invited to sign up for the “dine-around” of your choice at conference. Thinking of bringing a guest, or the whole family? This year, we are offering a meal package option for the conference, and also an author luncheon ticket for those who are not registering for the full conference. Your guest is welcome to join you at our meal events, thanks to this provision. There is plenty to see and do in the area, and our hotel offers a free shuttle to local attractions. Take a look at www.visitomaha.com for more information.

With a low registration fee, conference rate hotel rooms at $99 per night, free wireless Internet, and a free airport shuttle, this is a great opportunity to network with peers from all over the country, and take in a conference devoted entirely to the needs of those from small and/or rural libraries.

We hope to see you in Omaha!

Tena Hanson
2013 Conference Co-Chair on behalf of the Conference Planning Committee


Don’t be Left Behind, Find a Ride to the 2013 ARSL Conference

By Jet Kofoot, member of the 2013 ARSL Conference PR Subcommittee, and Consultant, North-Central District, Iowa Library Services

Row a boat, charter a bus, catch a plane, drive a car, hire a taxi, ride a train, rent a truck do whatever it takes to get to the 2013 ARSL Conference in Omaha, NE. The conference will begin with pre-conferences & tours on Wednesday, September 25, tentatively scheduled from 1:00-5:00 PM with a welcome reception that evening from 7:00-9:00. The full conference will begin at 8:00 Thursday morning, September 26, and will run through noon Saturday, September 28. The conference hotel (Doubletree by Hilton) is open for reservations and conference registration will be opening April 12. Additional conference and hotel information including room rates and conference fees can be found on the ARSL web site http://arsl.info/registration.

The conference planning team is excited to announce that Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will serve as our opening keynote speaker Thursday morning. Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of ALA’s United for Libraries, will be our closing keynote on Saturday. Also, Mary Beth Stenger, director of the Southern Area Public Library, and winner of the 2013 Best Small Library in America award from Library Journal, will address our group to tell her story. Craig Johnson, of Longmire fame (http://www.craigallenjohnson.com/) will be our featured speaker at the 2013 Author Luncheon, held on Friday September 27.  Those in the area who wish to attend this event alone can purchase tickets for $40.  Those registered for conference will find that this event is included. We are very excited about the conference programs in 2013! We look forward to announcing additional keynote, pre-conference, and breakout session speakers as they are confirmed.

If you’re thinking about bringing family or friends, there is plenty to keep them occupied in the Omaha / Council Bluffs area while you are busy soaking up our excellent sessions. Our conference, this year, has built in a meal plan option for those who wish to attend only the meal events. For $160 your guest(s) can attend all meal functions, which includes the Wednesday evening reception, breakfast and lunch both Thursday and Friday, and brunch on Saturday.

While you’re in Omaha, plan to spend some time exploring this great city full of history, culture and adventure. Walk across a swinging rope bridge suspended over a tropical rainforest at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Hop aboard historic train cars at The Durham Museum. Climb in, on, and through everything imaginable at the Omaha Children’s Museum. Step into pioneer life at the Mormon Trail Center. Explore more than 100 acres of botanical beauty at Lauritzen Gardens, and marvel at exquisite works of art inside the Joslyn Art Museum. Boys Town is a national treasure featuring an expansive campus, historic chapel and museum. El Museo Latino is the first Latino art and history museum in the Midwest, and Love’s Jazz and Art Center captures the heritage of jazz in an area where Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others once played. To learn about more things to do in the Omaha / Council Bluffs area visit the Convention and Visitors Bureaus for Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Grab your oars, buy your tickets, tune-up your car, or hire your ride so you’ll be ready to travel to the 2013 ARSL Conference in September. It promises to be an educational and fun event that focuses specifically on the needs of rural and small libraries.


Join the Global Public library program!

The Global Film Initiative is now accepting applications from public libraries to join the Global Public library program.

GlobalPublic.logoGlobal Public is a unique opportunity for public libraries to revolutionize arts and education in their communities through exhibition of the award-winning narrative world cinema series, Global Lens. Libraries work with the Initiative and local partners on vibrant exhibitions of the series and after presentation, libraries are invited to keep films for their permanent lending collection.

The Global Lens film series was established to showcase unique and compelling stories of the world through film. From Rwanda to Mexico, India, Bosnia and beyond, the series features award-winning films by innovative filmmakers from around the globe, and is seen in locations such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution, to cinematheques, festivals, schools, universities and of course, public libraries.

If your library is in the U.S. or U.S territories and would like to join Global Public, visit our website to learn how you can submit a proposal.

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Call for Presentation Proposals for 2013 ARSL Conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) is pleased to announce that proposals for break-out session presentations as well as pre-conference sessions for the 2013 Conference to be held in Omaha, Nebraska, September 26-28 are now being accepted.

Proposals for these 1-hour sessions and 4-hour pre-conference sessions can be submitted using our online form found at the link below. Pre-conference sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th.

Click here to access online form.

The deadline to submit proposals is February 17, 2013. All those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by March 8, 2013.

Our theme for this year’s conference is entitled “Empowering Small Libraries.” We welcome all proposals that can benefit small and rural libraries in any way but would love to see proposals that include some of the following:

  • Think Outside the Box” Ideas that go beyond book clubs, book sales, story times and other commonly-practiced library programs and services.
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Community Engagement
  • Outstanding Youth Services

We remind presenters that presentations need to be geared toward the small and rural library audience. Practical, hands-on, and how-to formats are preferred. This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products and such proposals will not be considered.

All proposals will be reviewed and chosen by the Conference Programming Committee. Awarded presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per presentation selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one presentation will receive one complimentary registration).

We look forward to your submissions and good luck!

Lisa Lewis
llewis@huachucapl.lib.az.us
Conference Programming Committee Chair


2013 ARSL Annual Conference Announced

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 ARSL Annual Conference will take place September 25-28, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013:  Preconferences & Welcome Reception
  • Thursday, September 26, Friday, September 27th, through approximately 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 28:  Full Conference
  • Saturday afternoon, September 28 – Sunday morning, September 29:  ARSL Board Meeting

Location:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown in Omaha, NE. Website:   http://www.doubletreeomahadowntown.com/
  • Rooms will be $99 (plus tax)
  • Within walking distance of Omaha’s Old Market, featuring “unique shops, boutiques, pubs, restaurants and entertainment in a historic neighborhood. Shop bookstores to bakeries, art galleries to antiques, clothing to collectibles, then dine in one of more than 30 area restaurants. Accessible.”  (Taken from www.visitomaha.com.)

Perks for our guests include: 

  • Complimentary parking in attached garage
  • Complimentary wireless internet service in guestrooms and meeting space
  • Complimentary airport and local shuttle

Reservation Information:

  • The hotel is ready for reservations via phone at 800-222-TREE (8733), or by calling the hotel directly at 402-346-7600 (Attendees must mention “ARSL” for the $99 conference rate)
  • Place your reservation via the ARSL Personalized Group Web Page

As always, you can find the latest information about our upcoming conference on our website at http://arsl.info.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Tena Hanson
2013 Conference Co-Chair and President-Elect


Do you work in a small or rural library?

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries needs your input. We are engaged in an effort to more fully understand the important work of small and rural libraries and learn from people like you working in these libraries about your concerns and needs. Last month, we held several focus groups, both online and in person.  This month we are conducting an online survey to gather more information.

Please help us by completing this online survey

Completing the survey will take approximately 10 minutes for non-members and approximately 15 minutes for ARSL members. Click on this link to take the survey now.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012_ARSL_Rural_and_Small_Library_Needs_Assessment_Survey

This survey is being conducted on behalf of ARSL by Lukas Consulting and Rainbow Research, Inc. with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ARSL’s mission 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.”  We look forward to sharing the survey results with you on the ARSL website (www.arsl.info) in early 2013.

Your responses will be kept completely confidential. Rainbow Research, Inc. will collect and analyze the data and will present findings in summary form. While participation in the survey is voluntary, we sincerely hope that you take part and encourage you to respond with candor. If you have questions or comments about survey content, please contact Barry Cohen, Executive Director of Rainbow Research, Inc., at 612-824-0724 ext. 202 or bcohen@rainbowresearch.org.

On behalf of ARSL and the rural and small library community, thank you in advance for your participation. We appreciate you taking the time to inform us about your concerns, needs and opinions. Feel free to share this invitation to colleagues at your library and others working in rural and small libraries whose opinions you value.

Sincerely yours,

Becky Heil
ARSL President 2011-2012

Andrea Berstler
ARSL President 2012-2013


2012 ARSL Conference Recap

First published in Pennsylvania Compendium

By Linda Orsted, Flenniken Public Library, Carmichaels, PA

The Association of Rural and Small Libraries is an amazing organization. It is managed by volunteers whose energy and commitment to its mission of addressing the needs of small and rural libraries keeps it focused and productive. I was honored to meet library staff members from Maine to Alaska at the recent ARSL annual conference in Raleigh, NC. Conferences often advertise their networking opportunities. It’s really true at ARSL. As great as the speakers and workshops were, I got as many ideas from casual conversations with other attendees as I did in the formal sessions. Every person who attends has a story about ‘what works for us’, or ‘these are the hurdles I overcame to get the funding the library needed.’

I attended a 4-hour pre-conference session called “What Do I do Next?” with Don Reynolds, retired director of the Nolichucky Regional Library in Tennessee. Don has a wealth of knowledge about how libraries operate, what challenges public libraries face now, and what challenges they may be facing in the future. Each person attending the session shared a threat or challenge their library is facing now. To no one’s surprise, many were similar—funding, marketing, the rapid change in technology, and keeping the library relevant in the community. One library director commented that they were ‘too successful.’ They are running so many programs and have such a high circulation that they are exhausted!

Don’s presentation focused on ways library directors and staff (if they are fortunate enough to have other staff) can find the community’s pulse, assess its health, and address the needs of its residents. Here are some of his suggestions:

  • Get out in the community. Library leaders should spend at least 10% of their time outside the building. Find out what business leaders are doing and what kind of information they need. Talk to official and/or perceived community leaders about the library as a community commons.
  • Gather ideas from outside of the library literature. Marketing and leadership gurus have great ideas that can be transformed for the library world. Find some brands and logos that you like and go from there.
  • Find library fans to help you get the word out about how wonderful the library is. Don quotes Will Rogers: “Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.”
  • Look at past winners of Library Journal’s Best Small Library award. Get inspired to try something innovative, and then apply for the award for your library. (The library director of the Independence, KS library spoke at the conference about winning the award.)
  • Don’t get lost in the digital divide. Make sure you know about emerging technology and implement its use in your library. (Don winks and suggests hiring a sixth grader as your technology coordinator.)
  • Be customer-friendly in everything you do at the library, and around your community, for that matter. Your next patron, donor, or advocate might be standing behind you in the grocery line. Can it hurt to return their books to the library for them?

After that whirlwind start to the conference, I wondered if the rest of the events would be as information-packed and energizing. Yes, they were!

There was quite a bit of discussion at the conference about libraries as community commons (i.e. gathering places for civic discourse). Lisa Lewis, the library director in Huachuca City, AZ, titled her workshop ‘Turning Your Library into a Community Anchor.’ She used the anchor as a metaphor for the library. It provides support and stability as well as flexibility in the community. The library is a champion of the arts, culture, youth services, the community itself, and a supplier of information.

Lisa talked about how she and her staff have made sure the library delivers on its promise to be a community anchor. The library provides support to the community in many ways, including workshops on subjects related to job hunting (résumé writing, dress for success, life after high school) and other life skills; ongoing classes for computer skills, GED preparation, needlework, genealogy, Every Child Ready to Read, and parenting; and regular programs (story time, family literacy night, art festival, back-to-school night, etc.) In response to community surveys, the library provides Internet access, a collection of best-sellers in book and other formats, databases, job listings, e-readers, reference services, and activities especially for seniors. The library is open to trying new things, partnering with other organizations in the community, and being responsive to community needs.

She reminded us that 6 out of 10 people want to live in a community with a library. Even if they don’t use the library, they see it as an essential part of a healthy community. The library is open to everyone. It’s a great place. In order to make it a great community anchor, Lisa says, “Show up, pay attention, then act!”

It was an inspiring four days. It met lots of wonderful, committed, energetic people. This was the first conference where everything applied to me! It reminded me that small and rural libraries are significant forces in our communities. We can make a real difference in people’s lives. The 2013 annual conference will be in Omaha. Go!

Even if you did not attend the conference, you may read the handouts at www.arsl.info/category/handouts. Conference handouts go all the way back to the 2006 conference, so there is a wealth of information on the site. Please check it out. You will want to bookmark it for future reference.


The P Factor

By Tameca Beckett
Youth Services Librarian
Laurel Public Library (DE)
ARSL Board Member

There are so many equations out there that can help determine the value of success. These metrics provide a glimpse, a snapshot into the library in whole or in part.  However, metrics, as important as they are, aren’t everything. Usually people talk about an unknown compelling force as the X Factor. But X is an unknown and it is constantly in flux. Rural and small libraries have a very solid constant that I’d like to call the P Factor.

This year I had the great pleasure of attending the ARSL Conference in Raleigh, NC. Throughout all the sessions (fabulous!), what struck me most were the people that attended. I talked with people from all over the country, many wearing two and three hats. We all converged in Raleigh for the common purpose of engaging, educating and encouraging each other. The P Factor that we, as rural and small libraries, have is our people. We have, as a library community, successfully tapped into the value of people connection.

Think about how many patrons you know by their first name. Consider the regulars that don’t even need to tell you what they need…you already know.  No, we’re not big, huge organizations. And some might consider this a weakness. I would argue that our size is our strength. This People Factor is engrained in our policies, our level of service, and our commitment to our community. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that “gets” people. We are building our communities one person at a time. And these people that we are pouring our heart and soul into know it. They know who we are and what we’re about…them.


“just do it”

How many libraries would be willing to take on the challenge of providing an hour long summer reading program four days a week for 8 weeks– and then top off that challenge with the additional duty of providing lunch to the children immediately after the program?

That challenge would daunt most libraries who have multiple library staff. Sprague City (population 441) librarian Judy Boutain knows what her community’s kids needed and didn’t back away from the challenge.  Beginning the last week of June and continuing until August 23rd Judy with the help of one summer youth worker provided an hour long summer reading program and then took the kids across the street to the park for lunch.  Her attendance varied from 14 to 42.

The Sprague community recognized Judy’s achievement by electing her as the parade marshal of Sprague Days, a local community celebration.  Sitting down in the car during the parade probably gave Judy some well deserved rest!

Kudos to Judy Boutain of Washington State for being willing to provide both mental and physical nourishment to the kids of her community and kudos to the  many rural librarians out there who have taken on challenges just like the one Judy accepted.  They “just do it.”


Zoom, zoom! – Hope Decker, Conference Scholarship Winner

The call of all those who work in small and rural libraries…zoom, zoom! When Mazda launched its Zoom Zoom commercial  several years ago, I felt it was my theme song. Busy but happy: a joyous celebration of zipping around from one thing to the next.

The moment I got back from this year’s ARSL conference in Raleigh I was greeted with a long list of tasks that needed to be done immediately. I had to: plan and make a float for the Fall Foliage Parade, prepare the gift basket raffle and book sale for Fall Foliage Festival, move books and furniture for the carpet cleaners after the Festival, get documents notarized for lawyer (we are suing our insurance company for failure to cover a building collapse) and prepare to move into the section of the building that collapsed (after over a year, the final repairs were completed the week I got back!). For the most part it’s all good stuff (not the battling our insurance company part), I zoom from one thing to the next and somehow everything gets done.

Over the last seven years our little Library has grown in square footage, hours of operation, circulation, funding, programs, and people at an astounding rate. It is all I can do to keep up. I feel like I am doing the doggie paddle in this vast sea of Library success, I’m happy, it’s exciting, but I don’t get the big picture. I don’t really even understand my job anymore (bigger library, bigger everything…my job as director has indeed changed). Zooming from one task to the next, with little reflection, leaves me feeling like I never get anything done in the midst of doing a lot!

At the ARSL conference I had an “Ah-ha moment” during Andrea Berstler’s workshop, The Entrepreneurial Librarian. Our Library has changed, and it needs a new strategic plan. I need to set S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time specific). The “Zoom, Zoom!” method of doing Library business may not always be the most effective way to serve my community. It may eventually even lead to burn out. I could get lost in doing lots and lots of things instead of having specific goals and doing the things that help us reach those goals. I’ll still be “busy but happy”; I’ll just be “busy but happy” with a plan!

Hope Decker
Director
Cohocton Public Library


Kate Skinner – Conference Scholarship Winner

I never did get to write my take away from the conference on the board at the registration table because I was dithering with the choice, fine tuning and editing my phrase and then I lost the moment. The board had gone. We moved on. I was flying across the country again still pondering a good catchy summary phrase.

Would my take away  have been something to do with the repeated urging to connect with our community, be present, be where the action is, participate, be the library 24/7 gleaned from the many library advocacy sessions available:  Best Small Libraries, Building Community Partnerships, Celebrate with Successful Family Literacy Events, Curation vs Creation, Easy Advocacy, Knock Their Socks Off, Mentoring as Subversive Activity.

Would it have something gleaned from the meal table and conference corridor networks – all that talking and sharing which took place? Perhaps something to do with the amazing experience of commonality derived from being amongst almost 400 librarians from across the nation who all have the same issues, same sized budgets, same missions. We all had so much to say, to share, to question one another about, compare. We experienced that deep meaning of the word conference – to confer, to gift one another with our experiences. We see anew and are refreshed.

Back up a little: I heard I had been awarded the conference scholarship around about the same time that I also heard that the funding for my library was being cut 50% in the coming fiscal year. So it was with tempered excitement that I accepted and started on the journey to a conference on the theme of celebrating libraries. Was this the right time to leave my community? Wasn’t it better to be at home answering questions and comforting those who feared the loss of their more than 100 year tradition of public library?

Going to conference allowed me to step back, take a breath and bring in reinforcements – in the form of the  knowledge of all those other small and rural librarians I was meeting who faced the same challenges and who found solutions and made plans. From the first presentation I attended, David Singleton’s on Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times, I knew I was in the right place. I began to feel more optimistic about the future not only of my library, but of rural libraries across the nation. They are in good hands.

ARSL 2012 conference was an intense 3 days of mingling, learning, laughing, talking, introducing, sharing which invigorates, refreshes and renews

I have come away full. The long return flights, three plane changes and three hour time difference gave me time to ponder and digest.

We live in different time zones, have different climates yet we can learn, strengthen and grow by gathering together. Ultimately the one word which sums up this conference for me is relevant. For small and rural librarians in the USA,  this is the most relevant conference out there. Every aspect of the programming is geared to our specific concerns, size of budgets, staffing issues and communities. All the networking which takes place, is with colleagues across the nation who have some much in common.

If one is in a rural or small library in the United States, the ARSL is one of the associations really worth joining. The listserve has already brought me professional community and valuable advice. The conference reinforced this. The generous scholarship award enabled me to be there in Raleigh, NC.  Without it I would not have been able to afford the considerable expense of the trans-continental flights, the hotel and conference registration. We weigh and balance membership in professional associations these days where each expenditure has to earn its place in our budget. Membership of ARSL and this conference attendance is certainly real good value.

The 2012 conference in Raleigh with its quality presentations and invaluable connections will inform and strengthen my future practice in a myriad ways.

Thank you.

Kate Skinner

(Kate Skinner is a Manager with Libraries of Stevens County in rural north eastern Washington State where she manages Chewelah Public Library. She was the recipient of the 2012 Ken Davenport Conference Scholarship.)


Julie Elmore’s Conference Experience

As excited as I was to learn that I had been awarded the Dr. Bernard Vavrek scholarship, nothing could compare to the excitement and energy that arriving at the conference actually held. There is a certain energy that flows when you are able to network with your peers. And with over 300 other Librarians who work in libraries just like yours in the house, you are certain to get caught up in the energy.

I was lucky enough to arrive in Raleigh in time to attend a preconference, where I heard Don Reynolds “What Do I Do Next.” There were loads of ideas on how to market our libraries as well as resources to utilize to make our days easier. Afterwards I had a wonderful experience at the mixer held at the old state capitol building. Here I was able to meet with a youth services worker from North Carolina and a Librarian from Alaska! How cool is it that while we are from all over the United States, we all share the same goals of promoting our libraries as places for all to come?

Thursday brought the official start of the conference and after much highlighting and rearranging my session schedules, I was able to attend 3 great sessions where I saw some awesome material displays, learned about signature events (really who doesn’t want to hear about a program called Chocolate in the Stacks???) I also learned a ton at a session on Google Docs.  Matter of fact, by the next week I had informed our staff that our transition to Google was coming and our communication logbook would soon be in the trash! My shopping list is already set up and I know it will make shopping very easy when I can access our needs list from my cell phone!  The evening wrapped up by attending dinner with another Indiana Library Director and some new friends from California and New York at The Pit. The Dine-Around was a wonderful way to wind down after a day of learning. Many of us attending work in districts where we can’t afford to send more than one person. Going to dinner alone is never fun.  The Dine-Around allows for a fun evening where we can get to know other people from across the country while enjoying a great meal.

If I thought Thursday was a good day, I was totally blown away on Friday. I started my day with a session on adult programs. There were tons of program ideas presented to attract adults to the library including a great tip to advertise special events on water bills and to never forget the power of advertising on bathroom stall doors!  Next up, Arkansas Librarians shared fabulous customer service tips and a staff program that I will soon be implementing at our library. The afternoon brought a program on ways to build computer training programs for seniors.  The evening wrapped up with several librarians going to dinner at another Dine-Around and a most fun evening of relaxing with more librarians over a glass a wine and shared stories.

Just when I thought I could absorb no more, Saturday rolled around and I heard a presentation on using sales tactics to sell the library.  My final session was on after school programs. By the end of the program, I truly just wanted to go hang out in the presenter’s library and play. This program was fast and jam packed full of ideas to take home.

These experiences, of course, don’t even touch on the products I learned about while visiting with vendors.  After visiting with my ILS vendor I learned about several new products that will be coming soon, including a FREE upgrade with PC management (YEAH!!!) and it looks like we may be getting a mobile app soon. Also, who could predict how cute the Collaborative Summer Reading Program t-shirts are for next year.  Trust me until you see it in person, the photo doesn’t do it justice!

As a Library Director and a MLS student this conference recharged my batteries. No matter how hard the universities try they cannot recreate the energy and excitement that 300+ Librarians bring to a room. Not to mention the lessons learned by sharing stories of real world experience.  It also reminded me how blessed we are to work in a field that encourages sharing resources and knowledge.  And this conference illustrated just how much we can learn from one another. I cannot recommend this conference (or organization) enough to anyone who works in rural or small town America. And I for one can’t wait for Iowa in 2013!


Conference Survey

It is hard believe that we are done already.  Here we are on the last day of the conference.  There have been so many great lessons, discoveries, and friendships.  The conference committee certainly hopes that you have not only enjoyed this week, but that there are take aways from the conference that you will be able to put to work for you, right away.

While everything is fresh in your mind, would you help us make 2013 even better by filling out the conference survey.  Here is the link – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ARSL2012Conference

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2013 conference.  I know a number of you have asked about the location for next year.  The Committee is working on a site in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area on the Iowa/Nebraska border.  As soon as we have dates and location nailed down, we will get that out in an email.

It has been my honor to serve as this year’s conference chair.

Andrea Berstler
President – ARSL


Staying Connected with #ARSL12 Conference

Even if you’re not traveling to Raleigh this week for the ARSL Conference we want to use this opportunity to extend our networking opportunities. Help us collaborate and share ideas! There are a number of ways you can stay connected. Some folks are posting to the Facebook event page  or others are connecting through our main ARSL Facebook page. If you’re posting to Twitter, be sure to tag with the conference hashtag #ARSL12 and follow ARSL’s Twitter feed. And we look forward to seeing conference goers adding photos to the ARSL Group on Flickr. We look forward to the week ahead, connecting with old friends, making many new ones and we’ll do our best to post updates for those unable to join us. The conference program has been posted and we’ll continue adding presentations and handouts to the site in the coming weeks.


2012 – Program and Handouts

Click here to open a PDF of the full 2012 Conference Program

General Session  – Thursday, September 27th
General SessionFriday, September 28th
Keynote FridayA Vision of 21st Century Libraries (PDF) – Susan Hildreth
General SessionSaturday, September 29th
Closing SessionKeynote (PDF) – Dr. Ron Carlee

Adult programming on a limited budget – Molly Keating

  1. Adult programming on a limited budget (PPT)
  2. Adult Programming (PDF)

Aiming at a Moving Target: Ebooks in Libraries – Diana Weaver

  1. Favorite Resources (DOC)

Best Small Library – Julie Hildebrand

  1. Best Small Library (PPT)

Building Community Partnerships – Kari May

  1. Building Community Partnerships (PDF)

Celebrate with a Successful Family Literacy Event! – Rosemary Chance

  1. Family Literacy Event Plan Questions (DOC)
  2. Picture Books for Family Literacy Events (DOC)
  3. Celebrate with a Successful Family Literacy Event! (PPT)

Community Impact Planning – Michael Kumer

  1. Community Impact Planning (PPT)

Curation vs. Creation: the Evolution of the Public Library into the 21st Century – Kieran Hixon & Judy VanAcker

  1. Action Plan (PDF)
  2. Outcome Based Resources (PDF)

De-clutter Your Collection – Becky Heil

  1. DeClutter (PPT)
  2. DeClutter (PDF)

Easy Advocacy – Gail Santy

  1. Advocacy Resources (DOC)
  2. Crafting Your Message (DOC)
  3. ECL Talking Points (PDF)
  4. Evaluating Your Efforts (DOC)
  5. How will you deliver the message (DOC)
  6. Library message worksheet (DOC)
  7. Library Advocacy Trading Cards (PDF)
  8. Parking lot speech (DOC)
  9. Sustained advocacy (DOC)
  10. Tips for Talking with Your Legislator (DOC)
  11. Tips for Working with the Media (DOC)
  12. worksheet – Audience (DOC)
  13. worksheet – Goals (DOC)
  14. worksheet – Plan (DOC)

Ebooks and Audiobooks: What the Vendors didn’t tell Us – Colleen Eggett

  1. eBooks and Audiobooks (DOC)

The Entrepreneurial Librarian – Andrea Berstler

  1. The Entrepreneurial Librarian (PPT)

Going Google – Leah Kulikowski

  1. Cheat Sheet – Getting Started with Google Drive (PDF)

Google Apps for Libraries – Jezmynne Dene

  1. Google Apps for Libraries (PDF)

It’s Your Birthday – Lauren Drittler

  1. Customer Service Training Information (PDF)
  2. Goals and Procedure (PDF)
  3. Personal Goals Sheet (PDF)
  4. Survey Sheets For Patrons (PDF)
  5. Tally Sheet (PDF)

Knock Their Socks Off! Advocating For Your Rural Library  – Angela Glowcheski & Julie Forkner

  1. Knock Their Socks Off! (wiki)

Mentoring as a subversive activity: growing community leadership – Jennifer Peterson

  1. Mentoring as a subversive activity (PDF)

Pages and Stages - Sheryl Siebert

  1. Pages and Stages (PPT)

Perfecting Your Presentations – Jamie Matczak

  1. Perfecting (PPT)

Promoting Your Library Using Social Network Media – Yunfei Du

  1. Promoting Your Library Using Social Network Media (PDF)

Razzle Dazzle ‘Em: the Glitz, Glam, and Gusto of Material Displays – Jeremy Bolom

  1. Razzle (PPT)

Reinventing libraries: new model for a new world – Molly Rodgers

  1. Workbook

Shakin’ the Money Tree – Susan Wolf Neilson & Elena Owens

  1. Shakin’ the Money Tree (PDF)

Sharing the Best of the Web: Creating Online Resource Guides for Your Patrons – Jane Sandberg

  1. Sharing the Best of the Web (PDF)

Signature Events for Small Libraries – Cassie Guthrie

  1. Planning Worksheet (PDF)
  2. Sample Budget (PDF)
  3. Signature Events for Small Libraries (Prezi)

Silver Surfers on the Web – RoseAleta Laurell

  1. Assessment of Computer Skills Example (PDF)
  2. Hand out example Setting up a Gmail Account (PDF)
  3. Resource lists (PDF)

Social Media Tools – Denise Wetzel

  1. Social Media Tools (PPT)

Strategic Planning on a Shoestring – Lana Gardner

  1. Strategic Planning (PPT)
  2. Strategic Planning Plan Outline (DOC)
  3. Strategic Planning Resource list (DOC)
  4. Strategic Plan survey (DOC)
  5. Strategic Plan swotform (DOC)

Surviving (and Thriving) During Challenging Times – David Singleton

  1. Surviving (and Thriving) (PPT)

Volunteers: The Core of Your Library – Dee Crowner

  1. Title page (DOC)
  2. Volunteer policy (DOC)
  3. Application for Volunteer Service (PDF)
  4. Teen Volunteer Application 2012 (PDF)
  5. TAG Brochure 11 (PDF)
  6. Recruitment of volunteers (DOC)
  7. Types of volunteers & Pros and Cons (DOC)
  8. Benefits for volunteers (DOC)
  9. Things to remember (DOC)

What do I do now? – Don Reynolds

  1. So…..What do I do now? (PDF)

The World is Yous Oyster – Mel Hager

  1. The World is Your Oyster (PPT)
  2. Hey Y’all (WMV)
  3. Hunger Games Party Promo Cut (YouTube)
  4. Imma Teen At The Bean (YouTube)
  5. Teen LockIn October 2011 (YouTube)
  6. Thriller Zombie Lockin (YouTube)
  7. YAYA and John Green (WMV)

Conference Registration Information

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference Planning Team is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2012 conference in Raleigh, NC, and the availability of a preliminary conference schedule! The conference begins on September 26 with preconferences and an evening reception and continues through lunch on September 29. All items can be found on our website on the following pages:

On the Registration Information page you will find instructions as to joining the association (which will save $55 off the cost of full-conference registration for non-students), and instructions that will help you navigate our online store when purchasing your conference registration. You may pay online, or select the billing option.

We hope you’ll peruse the preliminary schedule under Program Information to see all of the exciting speakers and sessions we have planned, and stay tuned as more details are finalized. As always, if you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at arslannualconference@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Raleigh!


Update on the Preconferences at ARSL 2012

We are pleased to report that today we have expanded our capacity for the pre-conferences due to popular demand!

Pre-conference sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th and the full conference runs from that evening’s reception through two full days on Thursday and Friday and closes at 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 29th.

As follows please find pre-conference registration availability as of August 22:

  • “A New Model for a New World” with Molly Rodgers and Lyn Hooper:  3 spaces left!
  • “Community Impact Planning” with Michael Kumer:  25 spaces left!
  • “What Do I Do Next” with Don Reynolds:  4 spaces left!

A reminder about registration and reservation deadlines:

The Early Bird Registration deadline for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference is fast approaching;  you have only until August 31st to get the best rate on this year’s fantastic conference in Raleigh, NC!  To take advantage of early bird pricing, register here:  http://arsl.info/registration/

The hotel reservation deadline (to take advantage of the conference rate of $139 / night plus tax) is August 28th.  Our official conference hotel is the Sheraton Raleigh Downtown (www.sheraton.com/raleigh).  Please register by calling 800-325-3535, and be sure to identify yourself as registering for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference.  Our hotel this year offers free internet access and much more!

As always, you may direct questions about the conference to us at arslannualconference@gmail.com.


2012 ARSL Scholarship Recipients

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries offers three annual conference scholarships to promote the organization and the conference. The Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship goes to a current LIS student and the Founders and Ken Davenport Scholarships go to current library professionals.

Thank you to our ARSL Premier Members who have helped make these scholarships possible through a $10 contribution as part of their membership and a special thanks to the ARSL Scholarship Committee for their work in selecting scholarship recipients.

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2012

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship
Juliette L. Elmore
Student, Clarion University and Library Director, Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library, Indiana

Founders Scholarship
Hope Decker
Cohocton Public Library, New York

Ken Davenport Scholarship
Kate Skinner
Library Manager, Chewelah Public Library, Washington

We look forward to sharing blog posts from Juliette, Hope and Kate when they share about their conference experience!

And thank you to the state library agencies who are providing additional scholarships for rural librarians to attend the conference in September.


Webinar: Best Small Library in America 2012

Library Journal‘s annual Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000.  The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, in collaboration with WebJunction and Library Journal, is pleased to host this webinar featuring the 2012 Best Small Library in America: Independence Public Library. The multi-award-winning library’s staff of eight serves a population of 13,420 through innovative programs and partnerships, leveraging social media and the Geek the Library campaign for sustained marketing and advocacy efforts. Using a participatory management style and collaborating with other Kansas libraries, along with others in their community, IPL has reached out to individuals and partners to deliver programs and services that bring the community into the library. The session will include an overview of the nomination process and details for next year’s award (note: increased award amounts!).

Presented by: Julie Hildebrand, IPL director; Lily Morgan, director, Learning Resource Center at Independence Community College; and Francine Fialkoff, editor-in-chief, Library Journal.

View Webinar Archive


2012 ARSL Board Election Results

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries election results are in, our membership has spoken, and new members have been added to the ARSL Board. Congratulations to all! And thanks in advance for your willingness to provide leadership to the Association.

For Vice President/President Elect, you have elected:

Tena Hanson
Library Director, Estherville Public Library
Estherville, Iowa

Tena has been elected to serve as Vice President/President-Elect of ARSL for 2013.  Tena has served as chair of the Membership Development Committee for the past two years, and has led the charge to complete our list of Key State Contacts who help disseminate ARSL information to potential members in all areas of the country.  She is also heading up the effort to bring ARSL’s annual conference to Iowa in 2013.

For Member at Large Positions, you have elected:

Lorie Womack
Washington Library Branch Manager
Washington, Utah

Lorie has been elected to the ARSL Board for a second term.  With a degree in Public Relations, as well as an MLS, Lorie understands the importance of marketing library services.

 

Gail Sheldon
Director, Oneonta Public Library
Oneonta, Alabama

Gail has been elected as a Member at Large on the ARSL Board. She currently serves as the ARSL Key Contact for her state and is a strong advocate for rural libraries. She believes they are the backbone of their communities; providing a sense of belonging as well as a place for access to all types of information and technology.

Tameca Beckett
Adult Services Assistant, Laurel Public Library
Laurel, Delaware

Tameca  has been elected to the ARSL Board as a Member at Large.  She is especially interested in helping libraries see intentional community collaboration and involvement as a critical part of a movement that places libraries as an important and central voice to address challenges that face our communities.

Lisa Lewis
Director of Library Services, Town of Huachuca City
Huachuca City, Arizona

Lisa has been elected to the ARSL Board as a Member at Large.  She is very excited to help advance ARSL’s objectives, as she has found her connection to ARSL and its networking opportunities invaluable to her work.

 

The requested by-laws change was also approved.

 

Carolyn Petersen
Assistant Program Manager, Library Development
Washington State Library
(Appointed to fill out the remaining term of Alison Miller)

 

 

Please make plans to attend the ARSL Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina this September so you can meet the whole group! More information about the conference and registration is available at www.arsl.info.


ARSL 2012 Conference Keynote Speakers

Susan Hildreth

Director – Institute of Museum and Library Services

On January 19, 2011, President Obama appointed Susan Hildreth to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Hildreth had been the city librarian in Seattle for the past two years. Her nomination to her new post was confirmed by the US Senate by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010.

Before moving to Seattle, Hildreth served for five years as California’s state librarian, a position to which she was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Previously, Hildreth was at the San Francisco Public Library, where she served as deputy director and then city librarian. Her background also includes five years as deputy library director at the Sacramento Public Library, several years as Placer County’s head librarian, and four years as library director for the Benicia Public Library, all in California. She began her career as a branch librarian at the Edison Township Library in New Jersey.

Hildreth was active in the American Library Association, serving as president of the Public Library Association in 2006. She has a master’s degree in library science from State University of New York at Albany, a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University.

Margaret Maron

North Carolina Author

Photo Credit: Joseph Maron

Margaret Maron is the author of twenty-six novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America.

A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family’s century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger’s Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she was honored with the North Carolina
Award for Literature. (The North Carolina Award is the state’s highest civilian honor.)

Dr. Ron Carlee, DPA, CM

Chief Operating Officer for ICMA, the International City/County Management Association

Dr. Carlee holds a Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) and is an adjunct professor of public policy & public administration at the
George Washington University.

Before joining ICMA, Dr. Carlee worked in local government for over 30 years in diverse, senior executive positions. From 2001 to 2009, he was County Manager of Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Carlee has been involved with public libraries in a variety of capacities, most recently working on projects with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the various library associations to help increase the leadership capacity of library staff to support a broad, community-based mission.


Preconferences at ARSL 2012

Three great preconference sessions are taking place on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Raleigh, NC.

Your biggest challenge:  choosing just ONE!!

Preconference sessions are $50.00 and will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the conference hotel (room assignments to be determined later).

There are 3 options:

Community Impact Planning!

With Michael Kumer, Principal of Boards Made to Order, Pittsburgh, PA.  This session is geared towards library directors and library board members.

If you are overwhelmed by conflicting ideas about planning, then this is the session for you!  Michael will show you new ideas regarding how libraries can create the future by crafting, monitoring and constantly updating exciting, relevant plans.  This session will be “hands-on” in that Michael will demonstrate how you can replicate this model at your next library board meeting.  It will include the creation of  exhilarating Vision, Mission and Values statements as well as the core strategies that lead to their implementation.

Michael has several years experience with libraries and library boards.  He is an exceptional facilitator and is often called upon to help organizations achieve consensus.  He is a frequent speaker on the topic of community leadership at local, regional and national conferences.  Michael is dynamic and very passionate about creating great library boards!

A New Model for a New World

With Molly Rodgers and Lyn Hopper.  This session is geared towards system (district or regional)  administrators, library directors, State Library staff & liaisons.

Hear how rural Pennsylvania’s Wayne County, when faced with gaps between funding and demand, between the past and the future, REINVENTED themselves to create a new model of library service.  Learn how this process has made their county group “more hopeful, more unified and more focused.”  With Georgia based consultant Lyn Hopper, Wayne County’s process has been turned into a workbook approach to help libraries who want to follow a similar process to reinvent themselves.  This session will include the who, what, why and how in Wayne County as well as decisions they made and the lessons they have learned.  Molly & Lyn will also provide an overview of the workbook tool and how it can be used at other libraries/systems around the country.

For many years, Molly Rodgers served as a board member and president of a small library board in Northeast PA.  Circumstances leading into a library referendum propelled her from board president to library director of a different library in the same county.  After successful passage of the referendum, Molly became both library director and system administrator.  Molly earned her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University in 2002, one of the first two 100% online  MLS graduates at SCSU.

Lyn Hopper works as a library consultant from her home in the north Georgia mountains.  She has more than 25 years’ experience with Georgia public libraries, serving most recently as Assistant State Librarian for Library Development at Georgia Public Library Service.  Her experience includes a total of twelve years as director of two multi-county library systems.  She is the author of the Georgia public library board manual, Tools for Trustees.  In 2012, she received ALA’s “Elizabeth Futas  Catalyst for Change Award.”  Lyn has a Master’s Degree in Librarianship from Emory University and completed her Specialist’s degree at Florida State in 2010.

What do I do Next?

With Don Reynolds.    This session is designed for directors and trustees of rural and small libraries to:

  • Identify the current trends and issues impacting local library services;
  • Review innovative local library services;
  • Learn how to innovate and market local library services;
  • Determine steps for real-world, immediate “how-to apply tomorrow” what was learned.

Don B. Reynolds, Jr. is the retired Director of the Nolichucky Regional Library, a service agency of the Tennessee State Library & Archives.  He was a founding Director of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and its past president.  Over the years, he has served on every rural committee in the American Library Association (chairing the Public Library Association special committee on service to rural libraries) as well as the Notable Books for Children committee, Newbery-Caldecott committee, and the Young Adult Services Division Board of Directors.

Please join us for another great ARSL Preconference!

To register: http://arsl.info/registration/