Frequently Asked Questions

What is ARSL?

ARSL is short for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.  Development is attributed to Dr. Bernard Vavrek, in his tenure at Clarion University as Director of the Center for Rural Studies and was formed in recognition of the unique needs, challenges, and strengths that rural and small libraries possess.  It is a now a network of people dedicated to the positive growth of rural and small libraries and a collection of resources relevant to member needs.  For more information visit our About page or see our Brochure.

Why would I want to be a member of ARSL?

Becoming a member of ARSL means that you join a responsive network of people that understand rural community issues and are eager to share information, ideas, help you problem solve, and connect you with the right information.  ARSL gives you a voice in national and state issues, leadership, resources, and a dynamic conference catered to all types of libraries situated in rural communities. See more benefits on our Membership page.

How can I become a member of ARSL?

To join ARSL, you will be asked to create a new account on our registration site and then directed to visit the Online Store to purchase your membership. You can request an invoice be mailed to you for your membership or pay on the site using a credit card. After you become a registered member, you will be added to ARSL’s members-only listserv and have access to the ARSL Members Only Website. Membership rates are as follows:

Individual Membership Premier Membership   $49.00
Library Staff Level 1 Membership (Library Staff making $30,000 or more per year)  $39.00
Library Staff Level 2 Membership (Library Staff making $15,000-$29,999 per year)  $19.00
Students, Retirees, Friends, Trustees, Volunteers & Library Staff Level 3 Membership  $9.00
Institutional Membership for libraries, library cooperatives and State Libraries $150
Affiliate Membership for non-profit organizations whose purpose or interests are similar to ARSL $150
Business Membership  $200.00

How do I sign up for the ARSL Listserv?

Our listserv is open to members only and as a benefit to your membership dues.  At the time of your membership registration, you will be automatically signed up for the listserv.  You should receive a notification shortly after registration.  If you do not, you can email Sara Zach at szach at and she will take care of your request.

How do I access the ARSL Listserv Archives?

You can access the ARSL listserv archives by following the steps below:

1. Visit

2.  Enter email address (use the same email address that you are subscribed to the listserv under) and establish a password.

3.  Activate password by following emailed instructions you receive.

4.  Click on subscribers corner.  It will ask you to enter your email and password you created so it can be saved as a cookie.  Then you’ll get to a screen that allows you to search the archives. Click on “Archive Search” to search the archives.

When are ARSL Board meetings held and can I participate?

Board meetings are held every other month using an online conferencing system and are open to membership.

I am a member and would like to become active in an ARSL committee or Board, how do I become involved?

For more information on how to get involved, see the Get Involved page. Calls for new committee and board members are announced on the listserv, but feel free to contact us with interest at any time.

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