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ASSOCIATION FOR RURAL AND SMALL LIBRARIES APPOINTS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LEXINGTON, KY – The President of The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), Sonja Plummer-Morgan, recently announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors. Tena Hanson, Library Director, Milford Memorial Library in Milford, IA and Donna Brice, Library Director, Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland, PA join the Board in serving to work towards ARSL’s mission of supporting rural and small libraries. ARSL’s goal is to provide networks of people and materials to assist libraries to integrate with the lives and work of their communities.
Hanson brings broad experience to the Board as the Public Relations Officer of the Iowa Small Library Association (ISLA) in 2006 – 2009 – a pivotal time of successful revitalization. She is currently on the Iowa Library Association (ILA) Executive Board; a Special Projects Consultant for an Iowa Area Council; and chair of the Virtual Exhibit Hall of the Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference. “In a state with over 500 public libraries, we believe and live by the idea that we are the sole providers of a wide variety of services, and do our best to meet the needs of our communities,” says the library director. The library which Hanson manages has served its community since 1932.
Brice has worked in library management for twelve years, the past three as the director in Eastern Lancaster County. She served on the 2010 ARSL Conference Committee. “Small and rural libraries are the bedrock of our communities,” she says. Her description is supported by the list of winter activities in the Eastern Lancaster library, such as: weekly Employment
workshops, classes on online health resources for Seniors, and a winter read-a-thon. Brice says
she is “forward thinking and excited by new ventures.”
The two new directors have already begun work. Brice, in fact, is Co-Chair of the
Vendor/Sponsorship Committee for the 2011 ARSL Conference to be held on September 8-10 in
Frisco, Texas. A key goal, according to Brice, is to increase the number of vendors. “A lot of
library people come to conferences just to visit with the vendors. It makes for a more enjoyable
experience,” she says.
Hanson offers her strong background in developing strategic plans to best meet the needs of the
often isolated small and rural libraries. She notes that a strong association allows networking,
sharing ideas, and helping overcome the isolation. “I’m excited to be part of the group effort,”
ARSL is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and
development of libraries. The organization believes in the value of rural and small libraries and
strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for the
libraries. Learn more at http://www.arsl.info/.
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