A listing of all ARSL materials relating to current and past conferences. The most recent posts are listed first, while additional conference materials are further down the page.

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 –

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

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:

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 (  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

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.

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:

State Library Agency 2012 ARSL Conference Scholarships

We’re thrilled to see state library agencies making scholarship opportunities available to librarians in their state! In addition to state-provided scholarships, ARSL has opened up the application process for three ARSL scholarships.

Alabama Public Library Service Scholarships

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is pleased to announce the formation of 2 scholarships for this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in conjunction with APLS, provides up to $1500 reimbursement for registration, travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient.

The scholarship’s criteria for applicants include:

  • Must work in an Alabama public library
  •  Never attended an ARSL Conference before
  • Library service population is less than 25,000
  • Willingness to network and share
  • Agree to write a 1-page article for APLSeeds
  • Agree to speak at the October Administrators’ Meeting about the Conference
  •   If not the head of a library, Supervisor approval of the application

Completed applications must be mailed and received at APLS by May 14th, and scholarship winners will be announced by June 29th. It is up to the recipient to make all travel arrangements. Applications are available on the APLS website ( under Homepage Quick Links. Any questions should be directed to Denise A. Wetzel at or 800-723-8469, ext. 3949.

Arizona State Library

The Arizona State Library offers continuing education scholarships of up to $1,000 for full-time Arizona library staff members to attend the ARSL conference.

See Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Scholarship Information for more information.

California State Library Scholarships

The California State Library is pleased to announce that it will provide scholarships for California Rural Library and Tribal Library directors and staff to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina  September 27 -29, 2012. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn and build practical knowledge, skills, and connections with other rural library staff from across the country.

Who is eligible?

Directors, librarians and other library staff members who work in a rural or Tribal library, and those who are responsible for planning and/or performing public service and programming in a rural or Tribal library.

What will the scholarship cover?

These scholarships will cover conference registration, airfare, hotel, and transportation to and from the airports.  All California scholarship recipients will be required to pay for membership in ARSL in order to register for the conference at the member rate.

What is required for the scholarship request?

All scholarship requests are to be submitted by rural or Tribal library directors on their own behalf or on behalf of a staff member. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2012.

For further information and application form, contact Carla Lehn,

Montana State Library Scholarships

Montana is providing three scholarships for librarians to attend ARSL! Applicants (directors or staff) must work at either a small Montana public library (service population 10,000 or less) or a tribal library.  This should be the applicant’s first ARSL Conference.  Applicants should be willing to network and share information gathered at the conference.  Scholarships are up to $2,000 to be used for conference registration fees, travel, accommodations and meals.  Any expenses over $2,000 must be provided by the applicant. Applications are due by July 2, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by July 10, 2012.

See Montana Scholarship Application for more information.

State Library of North Carolina Scholarships: Raising the Bar

The project goal is to enhance library services in often underserved communities by promoting and inspiring excellence in service at rural and small public libraries across the state. Grant funds will support registration and lodging for 80 librarians to attend the 2012 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference held in Raleigh, NC on September 26-29, 2012.

Public library staff members will provide a statement describing how the skills and information they receive through conference attendance will benefit their library users and co-workers.

Awardees are expected to:

  • Fully attend the conference sessions, during the conference
  • Demonstrate how library users and co-workers benefited from their attendance, after the conference.

Who May Apply?
Public library staff from state-aid eligible libraries may apply. Priority may be given to those who have not previously attended an ARSL conference and/or to those in library systems serving small/rural populations.

Funds Will Cover:

  • Conference Registration (may include one-year membership)
  • Hotel Lodging

Participants will register individually; the State Library of North Carolina will make all lodging arrangements.
All other expenses including meals, transportation, parking, and any other incidental costs are the responsibility of the applicant and/or library.

How Do I Apply?
Complete the online application. The application deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

What is Raising the Bar?
Raising the Bar is a State Library program that enhances library services by promoting excellence in North Carolina’s libraries through supporting professional development opportunities for eligible library staff.

Questions? Contact Lori Special at 919-807-7425 or

See North Carolina Scholarship Application for a pdf of this information or complete online application.

North Dakota State Library Scholarships

The North Dakota State Library is extremely pleased to offer a Continuing Education grant opportunity for two librarians to attend the upcoming September conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Applicants must work at a rural or small North Dakota public library (service population 25,000 or less). Applications must be received at the North Dakota State library by July 1, 2012. Announcement of granted awards shall be made no later than July 16, 2012.

See North Dakota Scholarship Application for more information.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Libraries Scholarships

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased to announce the formation of four scholarships to attend this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides conference registration plus up to $800 reimbursement for travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient. It is up to the recipient to make all travel arrangements. Find application and criteria here and submit applications by Monday, July 2.

West Virginia Library Commission Scholarships

The West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC) is pleased to announce the formation of 2 scholarships to attend this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in conjunction with WVLC, provides up to $1000 reimbursement for registration, travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient.

The scholarship’s criteria for applicants include:

  • Must work in a West Virginia public library
  • Never attended an ARSL Conference before
  • Library service population is less than 20,000
  • Willingness to network and share
  • Agree to write a 1-page article for a future WVLC newsletter
  • Agree to speak at an upcoming seminar/webinar about the Conference or a specific subject area of interest related to a conference session
  • If not the head of a library, Supervisor approval of the application

Completed applications must be mailed and received at WVLC by May 31st, and scholarship winners will be announced by June 30th. New! See Announcement of Scholarship Winners.

Utah State Library Scholarships

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. USL and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) funds these grants. Up to four grants will be awarded to pay for conference attendance in Sept. 2012 in Raleigh North Carolina. Online application must be completed by July 17, 2012. Application and additional information available on the Utah State Library website.

This was the first year that the Utah State Library offered a grant to individuals from rural libraries to attend ARSL. They offered four grants, and the participants submitted an article about their experiences. Here is a link to the blog that has their thoughts about the ARSL conference:


West Virgina Library Directors Awarded Scholarships

Press Release from West Virginia Library Commission

CHARLESTON. Two library directors in the state have been awarded scholarships by the West Virginia Library Commission to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference to be held this September in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mary Stegner, Director of the Southern Area Library in Lost Creek and Rosanne Eastham, Director of the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne were selected from applicants across the state. In return for their scholarships, Stegner and Eastham agreed to share their learning experience with other librarians in the state.

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries was founded several years ago to provide networking and education opportunities for librarians from small public libraries and librarians from rural, isolated areas. Tyler County and the Southern Area libraries are among the smallest and somewhat isolated, with Southern Area being the smallest public library in West Virginia in terms of service population.

Using federal funds from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, WVLC developed these two scholarships to the ARSL conference just this year to improve library services in rural parts of the state. Applicant libraries had to serve a population of 20,000 persons or less.

For more information, contact John Paul Myrick, Director of Library Development at WVLC, 304-558-3978 or email at

Additional Scholarship Information

Hey Ya’ll

Hey Ya’ll – Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference 2012

I am starting to get excited for the conference!
Thanks Melissa ‘Miss Mel’ Hager, Children’s Librarian in Alexander County Library

Also, check out Miss Mel’s Testimonial!

Conference Hotel Reservations Open

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 ARSL Annual Conference is now ready to take hotel reservations for Raleigh, NC!

The full conference schedule is forthcoming, but onsite, registration will open Wednesday, September 26th at Noon, with preconferences scheduled for 1:00-5:00. The full conference runs Thursday, September 27th through Noon on Saturday, September 29th when you may pick up your boxed lunch to-go!

Make reservations by contacting the official conference hotel:
Sheraton Raleigh Downtown

Room Reservation Information

Hotel Rooms – $139 per night (plus tax) per room (single or double occupancy) for more than 2 guests – additional $10 per person
Please register by calling 800-325-3535
Identify yourself as registering for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference.

Room rate is guaranteed only until August 28th, 2012.
Please Note: When you make your reservation you will be charged a one night deposit to hold your room. In the event you need to cancel, this is refundable if cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Also, this hotel will charge a $75 early departure fee if you should leave before your confirmed departure date without notifying them of the change when you check in.

All guest rooms include free internet access and the hotel features:

• Over 60 restaurants within 3 blocks
• IMAX Movie theater within 3 blocks
• Museums and Art Galleries within 3 blocks
• Hotel has a full service restaurant, café and bar
• “Ship on Site” provide prints, signage and ships
• Parking across the street ($12 per day)
• Less than 3 miles to NC State University
• Onsite pool, whirlpool and fitness center

We’ll see you in Raleigh!

Celebrate Libraries: 2012 ARSL Conference

Join us for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries when we “Celebrate Libraries.” This year’s conference will be held September 27 – 29 at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Highlights include keynote presenter, Susan Hildreth, director of IMLS and lunch with keynote mystery author Margaret Maron. Join us for a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, September 26, when we’ll celebrate the 200th birthday of the State Library of North Carolina, our conference partner. The scheduled workshops will cover a number of relevant, current issue topics such as using social media, E-books, advocacy for your library, event and programming topics and much more. A full schedule of workshops will be available shortly. 

The hallmark of the ARSL conference has always been that the workshops and speakers address real world, practical issues facing small and rural libraries. This emphasis allows the Association to focus its conference on the needs of this unique set of library directors, staff, board members and consultants and offers not theories but real world solutions, tried by their peers in other areas of the country. The 2012 conference committee has been working hard to continue that commitment and hopes that those working in rural and small libraries will make attending this year’s conference a priority. 

Conference hotel room rates are $139 per night (plus tax) and can be made by calling the Sheraton Raleigh Downtown at 800-325-3535. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference. Hotel rates include internet access in all rooms. Those flying into the Raleigh airport should make arrangements with a shuttle company for the 20 minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There are several companies available including Super Shuttle (No conference rates are available for this ground transport). 

Early Bird Rates for members will be $220 per person, non-members $275 per person.  Early bird rates are good until midnight, Friday, August 31st, 2012. Regular rates for members will be $280 and for non-members $350.

Conference rates include admission to all conference events including:

  • Wednesday, September 26, Welcome Reception
  • All workshops
  • General sessions
  • Thursday breakfast
  • Friday breakfast & author lunch
  • Saturday lunch
  • Plus occasional refreshment breaks

Online Registration will open soon and additional information including a conference schedule will be released shortly. Conference updates and additional information will be posted online at

Call for Submissions!!

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries invites workshop submissions for the 2012 Conference to be held in Raleigh North Carolina, September 28th- 30th.
The workshop proposals can be submitted using our online form found at this link below. We are accepting applications for ½ day pre-conference proposals as well.
The deadline for submitting the form is February 17th, 2012.  All presenters will be notified whether their workshop was selected or not by March 2nd, 2012.
We remind presenters that workshops 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.
All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Presenter Committee. 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).

We look forward to your submissions and good luck!

Judy Van Acker
Conference Presenter Chair

ARSL Announces 2012 and 2013 Conference Locations

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries announced the locations for their 2012 and 2013 Annual Conferences today. The 2012 ARSL Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Raleigh, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 28, 29 and 30, 2012. The Sheraton Raleigh is located downtown, within easy walking distance to restaurants, museums and other entertainment. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar today.

The ARSL partner for the 2012 conference will be the State Library of North Carolina. In 2012, the State Library will be celebrating their 200th Birthday. In light of this landmark, the theme for the 2012 conference will be “Celebrate Libraries”. ARSL hopes you will make plans now to join us and help us blow out the candles on the birthday cake. Information about conference rates and registration will be available shortly.

The 2013 Annual Conference will be held in the Council Bluffs (IA) / Omaha (NE) area in September of 2013. Conference partners for this event will be the Iowa and Nebraska (The Iowa Small Library Association and representatives of the Nebraska library community are co-hosting). Further details will be announced as they become available.

Designed for those who work for small and rural libraries, the ARSL conference features practical, peer-led workshops and keynote speakers who are leaders in various areas of librarianship. Additionally, the conference’s after hours activities are a wonderful time for library staff, directors and trustees to network, share ideas, and encourage one another in an informal setting.

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries is an organization dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries. ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities. Created in 1982 by Dr. Bernard Vavrek, Director of the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, ARSL became an independent entity in 2007. ARSL is an ALA Affiliate organization. For more information on the association including contact information and how to join, visit our website at

2011 – Programs & Handouts

The following links will download documents to your computer. Note that some of these documents are Microsoft Office in origin and will require Word and PowerPoint to be installed on your computer to view. Other documents utilize Adobe Reader (noted as ‘PDF’). Those can be viewed by downloading Adobe Reader onto your computer for free.

Download a PDF of the 2011 Conference Program.

2010 – Programs & Handouts

The following links will download documents to your computer. Note that some of these documents are Microsoft Office in origin and will require Word and PowerPoint to be installed on your computer to view. Other documents utilize Adobe Reader (noted as ‘PDF’). Those can be viewed by downloading Adobe Reader onto your computer for free.

2009 – Programs & handouts

2008 – Programs & Handouts

See additional recordings and handouts from the conference hosted on the Rural Initiative website.

2007 – Programs & Handouts

The following links will download documents to your computer. Note that some of these documents are Microsoft Office in origin and will require Word and PowerPoint to be installed on your computer to view. Other documents utilize Adobe Reader (noted as ‘PDF’). Those can be viewed by downloading Adobe Reader onto your computer for free.

See additional recordings and handouts from the conference hosted on the Rural Initiative website.

2006 – Programs & Handouts

Please visit the Rural Initiative website for archives of 2006 ARSL Conference.