The following are the fees for what we feel is the premier conference geared towards small and rural libraries.
Please remember your registration fees include 2 breakfast (Thursday & Friday), 2 (Thursday & Friday), along with a Saturday morning brunch. Additionally, please note there is one additional fee of $3.95 built into the online form which is a pass through cost charged by the online registration management service.
We hope you agree that when considering the benefits of coming to conference and the included keynote and meal events, the ARSL conference is a very affordable conference. We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock in October.
|Registration Type||2015 Fees|
|Early Bird Member (through August 29)||$ 260.00|
|Early Bird Non-Member (through August 29)||$ 325.00|
|Regular Member (starting August 30)||$ 325.00|
|Regular Non-Member (starting August 30)||$ 400.00|
|Full-time Student||$ 190.00|
|One-day (early) with meals||$ 185.00|
|On-site, full conference, member with NO meals||$ 325.00|
|On-site, full conference, non-member with NO meals||$ 400.00|
|On-site, full conference, full-time student with NO meals||$ 190.00|
|On-site, one-day, NO meals||$ 185.00|
|Extra Exhibitor with Meals||$ 185.00|
|Meals + Reception only||$ 185.00|
|Author Event only||$ 65.00|
Little Rock – The speaker line-up for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference has been released. Over the 3 day conference October 1-3, 2015, five major speakers will headline the event.
The event kicks off with the former voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks and local television personality, Craig O’Neil, who will entertain attendees during breakfast. Later that day, Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian will speak about how an extreme case of Tourette syndrome has done little to slow this Salt Lake City librarian down. He credits books and weightlifting (after faith and family) as his salvation, both of which helped control his tics. With disarming candor, Hanagarne shares his incredible story, bringing audiences to laughter and tears.
Friday is author day at the conference. The breakfast session begins with author, Daniel Black. Black, while a native of Kansas, spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He is the author of Perfect Peace, the 2014 selection for the statewide program “If All of Arkansas Read the Same Book.” Awarded the Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University, Dr. Black is currently a professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University. His newest release, The Coming, is a first-hand account of the trauma and triumph of Africans on a slave ship in the 16th century and will be released in upcoming months.
Bestselling author, PC Cast will headline the author luncheon sponsored by the State Library of Arkansas on Friday. Cast, a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame, is an award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novels have received many prestigious awards including: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Laurel Wreath. Her famed House of Night series, an international phenomenon, has reached #1 on U.S., German, Brazilian, and U.K. bestseller lists. That series remained a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting, with more than 20 million copies in print and sold in over forty countries to date.
The conference will conclude with award winning architect Zach Benedict. As a managing partner at MKM architecture and design, Zach handles the company’s community based projects. As the son of a Librarian, Zach also grew up understanding the importance of libraries in communities. He has presented on topics including intergenerational communities, the library as a “Third Place” in the community, and more on the planning of communities and the library’s role in the community.
Conference registrations begin as low as $263.50 /person with most meals included.
Early registration for the conference opens April 27, 2015 online at http://www.regonline.com/2015arslannualconference
Get Conference Specific Updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/602887743180361/
Tour of Two Libraries
Date: 9/30/2015 Time: 1pm – 4pm
Description: A Trip to Little Rock isn’t complete for a group of Librarians, without visiting a couple libraries. Tour the Argenta Library in North Little Rock and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Transit between the libraries will be on the River Rail Street Car Trolley making it a true Little Rock experience.
Walking Tour of Downtown Little Rock
Date: 9/30/2015 Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Description: Come experience the beautiful River Walk district in Little Rock. Experience the Farmer’s Market and other picturesque shops and places that make up this beautiful tourist attraction.
Cost: $ 0
Title: What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps!
Date: 9/30/2015 Time: 1pm – 5pm
Speakers: Jeffrey Stoffer & Yadi Osuna
Description: There are hundreds of different things that you can use your iPad for at your library. Now that you own an iPad, what do you put on it?
Title: Emergency Preparedness
Date: 9/30/2015 Time: 1pm – 5pm
Speakers: Eva Grizzard
Description: This workshop will introduce key concepts of emergency preparedness, including risk assessment, response procedures, and recovery actions. Participants will walk through the creation of a disaster plan, and will leave with templates and tools for creating their own plan.
Title: The Accidental Leader
Date: 9/30/2015 Time: 1pm – 5pm
Speakers: George Needham
Description: Leadership may not be something you aspire to, but you may find yourself in a leadership role unexpectedly; how do you quickly find the internal and external resources you need to lead? What do you do when you’re younger than the people you’re supposed to lead? How do you exercise authority without becoming either a tyrant or a pushover? Participants will hear strategies, practical advice, anecdotes, and, hopefully, a few laughs drawing on the speakers decades of experience.
Pre-Conference Start date: 9/30/15
Conference ending: 10/3/2015
Last day to book by: 9/11/15
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Special hotel rates available from 9/29/15 to 10/4/15
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The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) invites proposals for break-out session presentations for the 2015 Conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1 – 3.
Proposals for these 1-hour sessions can be submitted using our online form found here: http://goo.gl/forms/HsdkG43X7p The deadline to submit the form is March 13, 2015. All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Programming Committee. Those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by April 6, 2015.
This year’s conference theme is “Rockin’ in Little Rock.” Themes we hope to see among your proposals include the following:
Libraries Rock ….
We remind presenters that workshops must be geared toward the small and rural library audience, and those that are practical, hands-on, and how-to are preferred. This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products. Additional instructions are included on the form.
Workshop presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration).
The committee is looking forward to receiving your submissions.
Conference Programming Committee Chair
The Annual report is available to download. Annual Report 2014 (pdf)
By Su Epstein
Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia CT
To be honest, insurance was not something I really thought much about. Personal insurance (home, auto, etc.) sure, but for the Library? When I began as a Library Director, I knew the Library had a basic liability policy and I did review it. I made sure it covered should someone get hurt in the building and if, heaven forbid the building had a fire, the contents would be covered. But after that, I gave it very little thought.
A few years down the road, however, the make-up of our library board changed. Personalities shifted and perspectives clashed. Things came to a head over a fundraising event. Tensions had been high and communications poor. At a very public planning meeting, outside of the Library, a full-fledged shouting match erupted. Accusations and names flew like startled birds. A board member left, threatening to sue for defamation of character. I consulted a lawyer and learned the board member had grounds. At the same time, there arose issues with the vendor contracts for the fundraising event. This too posed a potential litigious situation. I called upon my inner Research Librarian, and hit the books and the internet.
It was then that I learned of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (often called D&O). This insurance, purchased by the organization reimburses the organizations leadership for losses or advancement of defense costs of legal actions coming about from alleged wrongful acts in their capacity as leadership of the institution. Policies vary by the amount of coverage, but are offered by almost all of the major insurance companies. Costs are based on not only the amount of coverage, but the size of the board and institution.
For our institution the cost increased our insurance line approximately five hundred dollars annually. It was not an easy sell. However, the cost of one lawsuit would be far greater. At the time, my library was facing two possible legal actions. A situation that six months earlier would have been inconceivable for all of us.
In the end, the fundraising event went off, but not without some very problematic hitches. The former Board member decided they liked the Library more than they hated the Board and dropped the suit. The Library Board purchased D&O insurance. For me, it was all a little too close for comfort.
I don’t know if such insurance is needed and as the coverage varies, it must certainly be analyzed on a per library basis. Likewise, needs can be greatly affected by circumstance. What I do know, definitively, is that is far better to research and discuss the options before there is a potential need.