Did the metal shop class just build a book drop for your library?
Did you mount an effective display which moved lots of materials?
Did you land a big bequest?
Did you come up with a very successful teen program?
On Thursday evening, September 4th at 8 p.m. (location to be announced), come and share your accomplishment with your fellow attendees. You will have ten minutes before we move the mike onto the next individual. Bring a poster or bring a PowerPoint and boast about what you and your library staff have accomplished. Practical, easily replicable ideas appreciated!
If you are interested in participating, please email the following information to Lisa Lewis - Program Selection Committee Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your participating and I look forward to hearing from many of you!
Topic to be shared:
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The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) is pleased to announce that proposals for break-out session presentations as well as pre-conferences for the 2014 Conference to be held in Tacoma, Washington, September 3-6, 2014 are now being accepted.
Proposals for these 1-hour sessions can be submitted using our online form. We are also accepting applications for 4-hour pre-conference sessions (scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd), as well.
The deadline to submit proposals has passed. All those who submited a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by March 10, 2014. For proposal questions, please contact Lisa Lewis using the information below.
Proposals we would like to see should include the following:
- Customer Service
- Social Media
- Digital literacy: teaching methods for public and staff
- Fund Raising
- Working with Trustees
- Digital Citizenship
- Managing Staff
- Cultural competencies: increasing your cultural awareness when working with
- Children’s programming: Preschool, Youth, Teen
- Looking over the horizon: What new trends are coming of which libraries should be aware
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!
Conference Programming Committee Chair
Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for fearless exploration
Stretching from the banks of Puget Sound to Mount Rainier National Park, Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for people who are unafraid to trek through the woods of Mount Rainier in the rain and fearless of breaking a sweat in the heat of the hot shop while blowing glass. Stare down a black bear at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park or learn how to blow glass at one of the many local hot shops. Hop on the Link Light Rail and make your way through the Museum District to get your daily dose of art history, Washington state history and automobile history all in one day!
Explore a new restaurant and drink in the craft beer buzz or find your own story in the historic Museum District. Waterfront recreation, fine dining, antique shopping and once-in-a-lifetime experiences [shark diving anyone?] will keep you busy all weekend. Learn more at TravelTacoma.com.
Known for its world-renowned glass art, Tacoma’s vibrant urban core is alive with culture. Find yourself surrounded by creativity and city sophistication when you eat, shop and stroll Tacoma’s downtown. The friendly city inspires many to celebrate the melding of old and new. See historic architecture amidst urban design.
The city’s many districts abound with culture. Stroll the museum district where you can explore art, glass and history. Wander amongst the eclectic mix of upbeat restaurants and music venues on Sixth Avenue. Shop the unique boutiques in the historic Proctor and Stadium districts, which bustle with foot traffic. Rooted in the arts, Tacoma is the place to be.
Tacoma is ideally situated along the saltwater banks of Puget Sound. Boasting stunning natural surroundings, you don’t need to pack hiking boots to enjoy the mesmerizing outdoors. Explore the parks, gardens and wildlife that make Tacoma a nature wonderland. The nature in Tacoma extends beyond just land. Comb the beaches of the water’s edge and test the open waters in a kayak or boat. Come experience Tacoma’s nature—rain or shine. There’s plenty for you do to, both indoors and out.
Things to do in Tacoma
Tacoma’s Art Scene
- Walk the Chihuly Bridge of Glass (a 500-foot outdoor glass art display) then tour the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, Children’s Museum and the Washington State History Museum. Create your own glass masterpiece at the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.
- Check out the locally-owned restaurants and shops. Visit It’s Amore, where you can sip wines and beers from around the world, savor an assortment of Italian cuisine and dance to live music. Or find treasures at one of the more than 25 shops on Antique Row.
- Catch a live theater performance at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts or the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Watch an indie film at the Grand Cinema or get your fill of laughter at the Tacoma Comedy Club.
Tacoma’s Nature Scene
- Cruise the waters of the Puget Sound and learn the history of Tacoma on a guided boat tour with Destiny Harbor Tours. Enjoy Pacific Northwest seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants along Ruston Way.
- Venture to Point Defiance Park for endless outdoor activities and while you’re there check out the Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium. Encounter wildlife by riding a camel, watching polar bears swim or talking with walruses.
- Sample local and fresh ingredients, grown right here! Meet local farmers at more than four farmers markets throughout Tacoma’s neighborhoods, featuring fresh produce, meats, music, arts and crafts.
Tacoma’s Hotel Murano is offering special conference rate rooms for the 2014 ARSL Conference. In 2013 Forbes travel guide gave the Hotel Murano four gold stars, in 2012 the Hotel Murano made the Conde Nash Traveler Gold list, in 2011 it was number #17 on the Conde Nash traveller’s Readers’ choice of the top 200 hotels, and the Alaska Airlines magazine says “This hotel is a great attraction in and of itself –it’s an international art gallery”. Each floor features a different internationally know glass artist.
About the Hotel Murano
The Hotel Murano houses a collection of glass that stands up to the country’s finest.
Centrally located in downtown Tacoma, Hotel Murano is just blocks from the best Tacoma restaurants, Tacoma shopping and of course, our world famous Tacoma sightseeing. With wireless high-speed Internet (access fee), 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, Spiritual Menu and many other unique amenities, this Tacoma hotel provides all that a traveler needs.
Hotel Glass Tours
Tours of the hotel’s glass pieces will be available on a first come, first served basis for $5 each. Tour registration is available when you register for the conference. A summary of the artwork available can be found in the Hotel Murano Collection brochure.
- Thursday, September 4th 4:30-5:30PM (maximum of 20)
- Friday, September 5th 4:30-5:30PM (maximum of 20)
- Saturday, September 6th, 1:00-2:00PM (maximum of 20)
Reservations can be made by visiting the Hotel Murano registration page.
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402