2014 Conference

For questions, please contact the ARSL 2014 Conference Chair, Carolyn Petersen.

2014 Conference – Keynote Speakers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

  1. 9:00 AM

    Uniquely Connected: Expanding community in 21st century libraries

    Karen Perry, Clarion Collaborative

    Libraries enjoy overwhelming community support with over 90% of Americans saying libraries are important to their communities; nearly all Americans report that their interactions with librarians have been “very positive.” While some communities are seeing library support erode with the rise of our digital culture, other libraries are using these trends to offer new services and connect with new patrons. We’ll explore national trends in learning and knowledge acquisition, technology and digitization, and consumer expectations; then discuss five strategies you can use to refresh library services and strengthen community in the digital age.

    About Karen

    Karen works with schools, libraries, government agencies and technology vendors to ensure that internet-enabled services are available to all people in all communities. As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program, Karen managed broadband, research, and policy grants that have impacted thousands of libraries across the county. She contributed to the National Broadband Plan as an Expert Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. Previously, Karen served as the founding Director of Field Outreach for the Knight Center of Digital Excellence; a Principal Consultant with Karacomm; and as a Sales Executive and Manager with Lucent, Bell Labs and AT&T. Karen’s passion is building collaborations that create and implement transformative programs at scale.

  2. 12:00 PM

    You don’t have to do it all! Using the Edge assessment for better outcomes in small & rural libraries

    Samantha Becker, University of Washington

    The Edge initiative has developed a set of benchmarks and indicators for public libraries to use to assess their public technology resources and services, and the ways they ensure they are supporting the goals and aspirations of their communities. It’s a comprehensive framework meant to apply to libraries of all types, but no library is meant to do it all! Learn about how to use Edge to balance the competing priorities and limited resources in small and rural libraries and to be deliberate about what not to do.

Friday, September 5, 2014

  1. 9:00 AM

    Libraries Reimagined!

    Daniel Rasmus, Author

    The future is uncertain. If libraries don’t face their uncertainties head on, they won’t be able to navigate the future effectively. Rasmus will explore not only the uncertainties facing libraries, but help librarians learn how to navigate change as it occurs. Imagination is at the core, and Rasmus will narrate the conference through multiple possible futures, all plausible, all filled with their own threats and opportunities, risks and rewards. As rural communities feel the effects of disruption reach out over the forests and prairies, mountains and rivers, we need to the tools to help us anticipate change, to practice it, but most importantly, to leverage the change that is coming into effective programs and engagement — this presentation will help provide some of the tools necessary so our libraries can continue as important members of our communities.

    About Daniel

    Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future, is a strategist and industry analyst who helps clients put their future in context. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future. Rasmus developed the MicrosoftOffice Information Worker Board of the Future, and was the Center for Information Work’s creative leader. Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was Vice President and Research Director for Collaboration and Knowledge Management at Forrester Research Inc.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

  1. 9:00 AM

    Clancy Pool, Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year

    Clancy Pool, Whitman County Library System

    Hired in 1992 as manager of the tiny St. John Branch (SJB) of Washington State’s Whitman County Rural Library District (WCRLD), Clancy Pool worked to perform the miracle of bringing a new spirit and library to the town’s 525 residents, plus another 500 who live in the surrounding area. Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year Clancy Pool will share how a focus on customer service, community involvement and professional development can build support for your library.

    About Clancy

    Clancy grew up in Spokane and loved both kinds of librarians: The ones who saved the newest Bobbsey Twins book and the ones who wore silly hats and told stories in the park. In 1992 WCL took a chance by hiring a farmer’s wife to manage a branch that she had never actually seen. To Clancy’s delight, she discovered that she could be both kinds of librarians and so much more.

    With the support of family and the district, Clancy worked to increase her skills and build community support. In 2002, she started working full-time for the library district. Monday and Friday in St. John and Tuesday to Thursday in Colfax; first as children’s services assistant and then as branch services manager. At about the same time, Whitman County Library System began fund raising for a new branch in St. John. In 2005 when the town passed the library bond, Clancy was involved in the design and continued fund raising for furnishings. In 2008, on the day of the first summer reading she moved into the new St. John Library. Clancy’s current responsibilities include: Branch manager in St. John, collection development of all adult materials, ILL, supervisor for the 13 community branches (Staff hiring, training, program coordination), coordination of all staff development and program based grant writing).


2014 Conference – Preconference Sessions

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

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

  2. Community Building

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

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

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

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

  4. Do It Now: Design a Successful Kidlit Festival

    Young adult and middle grade authors Suzanne Morgan Williams and Terri Farley lead this hands-on workshop on organizing a literacy festival for your library and community – including finding speakers, identifying funding sources, working with schools and community groups, creating kid friendly materials, and integrating writing workshops and reading.

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

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

    Program goals:

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

    Section One

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

    Section Two

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

    Section Three

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

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

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

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

    Morning Session: Library Ballot Campaigns 101

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

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

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


2014 Conference – Breakout Sessions

  1. 12 Ways to Market More Effectively

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

  2. Better Meetings Mean Better Governance

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

  3. Building Makers: A Statewide Approach

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

  4. Crafty U (and patrons, too!)

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

  5. Delivering Excellent Customer Service

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

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

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

  7. Five Levels of Appreciation in the Workplace

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

  8. Flip the Script—Changing the Direction of Your Library

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

  9. Fugal Fundraising: It Doesn’t Take Money to Make Money

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

  10. Fundamentals of Fun—Getting the most from your workers

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

  11. Growing Your Own—Mentoring, continuing education and leadership opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. iPin! Do you?

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

  18. Lab at the Library: STEM Programming

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

  19. LEGO @ Your Library

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

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

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

  21. Marketing Your Library—It’s more than Flyers and Friends

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

  22. Nothing But the Truth: Assessing Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books

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

  23. Power up your presentations

    You need to present your library or one of its programs to a group – now what? How do you keep them interested, make it fun and, most importantly, get your message across? Learn some tried and true tips that will help keep your presentation moving, engage your audience and give them a take away so they remember you after the presentation is over.

  24. Programs with Pizazz

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

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

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

  26. Small Box, Big Fun: Board Gaming Events for all ages and no budget

    Board gaming is entering a golden age with wonderfully crafted games coming out daily by small and large publishers. However, the cost of getting into the board gaming hobby does not have to be prohibitive if the right games are purchased and the proper partnerships fostered.

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

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

  28. Strengthening your Tech Core: Training on the Web

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

  29. Surviving Transition Under Difficult Circumstances

    Transitioning to a new job and new area is difficult in the best of circumstances. But what if you didn’t get the whole story: the troubled building project, negative politics, broken relationships, open grants, employee issues, being micro-managed… all at the same time? How do you survive the transition without going crazy?

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

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

  31. Taking the Fear Out of Content Creation for Teens

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

  32. The Pursuit of Happiness… Through Libraries

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

  33. The Yacolt Library Express—A maximum of service with a minimum of staff

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

  34. Thinking Outside the Storytime Box

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

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

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

  36. Trustees: Your Greatest Assets

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

  37. Use your annual statistics to evaluate your library—fast

    Each year public librarians submit statistical reports describing their libraries. Chris demonstrates a fast method for using these statistics to compare libraries of similar size, identifying strengths and suggesting improvements. Here is a link to analysis created in 1 hour: https://db.tt/UAAzX5P8

  38. What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps

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


One enchanted evening: Lightning talks

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  - llewis@ci.safford.az.us

Thank you for your participating and I look forward to hearing from many of you!

Name:

 

Email:

 

Topic to be shared:

 

Projector Needed:

Yes or No


2014 Call for Proposals

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!

Lisa Lewis
llewis@ci.safford.az.us
Conference Programming Committee Chair


2014 Conference – Visiting Tacoma

Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for fearless exploration

Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

Hiking near Crystal Mountain

Hiking near Crystal Mountain

Tacoma's Theater District

Tacoma’s Theater District

Tacoma's Light Rail

Tacoma’s Light Rail

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.

From Travel Tacoma – Places to See

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

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.

 


2014 Conference – Hotel Information

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 restaurantsTacoma 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.

The fireplace in the lobby of the Hotel Murano

The fireplace in the lobby of the Hotel Murano

The lobby bar of the Hotel Murano

The lobby bar of the Hotel Murano

The lobby of the Hotel Murano

The lobby of the Hotel Murano

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

Reservations can be made by visiting the Hotel Murano registration page.

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 238-8000