Conferences

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 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
www.sheraton.com/raleigh

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 www.arsl.info.


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.
http://tinyurl.com/ARSL2012presenters
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 www.arsl.info.


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.