ARSL Association for Rural and Small Libraries Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:42:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Library Director, Winchester Public Library, Kansas Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:40:45 +0000 The Board of Trustees of Winchester Public Library seeks an energetic, creative, self-motivated Library Director for a dynamic rural library serving a family-friendly community. Located just 25 miles north of Lawrence, Kansas and west of Leavenworth, Kansas, Winchester affords easy access to larger city amenities.

The successful candidate will be a community-oriented individual who interacts with the library board, town agencies, and community groups to promote library/community relations. The Director shall manage budgets and staff, grants, and library operations. Excellent communication and computer skills are necessary. This is a 20 hour per week position and may include some evenings and Saturdays. Paid holidays included.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High School graduate. Experience working with the public (in a library, retail, food service, or other), and experience working with computers and other technology.

PREFERRED: Bachelor’s degree (does not have to be library-related). Two or more years of recent and progressive supervisory/managerial experience in a library. Learn more at:

Applications accepted until August 1, 2017. Review of applications begins July 5, 2017. Applicants should send via email attachment a resume and cover letter referencing “Library Director” to: Rachel Borg, Library Board President at:

The Winchester Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Tentative Schedule Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:57:51 +0000

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Entrada A Nitty Gritty Policy Manual Makeover IFLA IFLA
Entrada B Improving your library’s cultural competence Elevated Staff, Elevated Library Books, Line & Sinker. Luring in More Adult Readers
Entrada C Connecting Local Schools & Libraries It’s Not Bragging if its true Why is the Library Throwing Away Good Books?
Sunbrook A Voices for Young Authors MakerBoxes Inclusive Summer Reading
Sunbrook B Marketing Library Programs for Increased Impact (repeated session) Gamification at your library Let’s Move: Impacting Physical Fitness in their Communities
Sunbrook C Utah Library Traveling Show (repeated session) Community Garden Show It off: The Power of Merchandising
Ballroom E Libraries and Rural Poverty Adult Programs” The tops and the flops (repeated session) Future Ready Middle Schoolers (YALSA) (repeated session)
Ballroom F Technology for Senior Citizens Bursting at the Seams: Extraordinary Service in Limited Space (repeated session) How Diverse is your youth collection? (repeated session)
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Entrada A Technology Education for Senior Citizens Developing Dynamic Leadership Break Out of Boring Programming
Entrada B $how me the Money$ Destination Your Library Connecting Users to Legal Services
Entrada C Vendor Presentation Vendor Presentation Vendor Presentation
Sunbrook A Reimagining Libraries Solve the Riddles, Crack the Codes Creating Top Notch Service
Sunbrook B Community Memory and Social Change National Library Medicine (Part 1) National Library Medicine (Part 2)
Sunbrook C Managing Internet Speed How to Start a Seed Library Partnering with your park
Ballroom E Rising to the Challenge Epic Summer Reading IMLS  Carr
Ballroom F Future Ready Middle Schoolers (YALSA) (repeated session) Grinding Up the Rumor Mill (part 1) Grinding Up the Rumor Mill (part 2)
Session 1 Session 2
Entrada A Not Just for Kids: After Hours Programming for Adults How Diverse is your youth collection? (repeated session)
Entrada B Peak Performance Programs Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces
Entrada C Bursting at the Seams: Extraordinary Service in Limited Space (repeated session) How to Become a Great Speaker
Sunbrook A Getting Teens more than “In the door” Adult Programs the Tops and Flops (repeated session)
Sunbrook B Elevate Your Reach (part 1) Elevate Your Reach (part 2)
Sunbrook C Transformation has no due date (repeated session) Transformation has no due date
Ballroom E Utah Library Traveling Show (repeated session) Soaring into Higher Education
Ballroom F IMLS IMLS


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2018 ARSL Sponsorship for ALA Emerging Leaders Scholarship Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:56:53 +0000

Congratulations 2017 Scholarships Winners! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:39:39 +0000 On behalf of the ARSL Conference Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Scholarships to attend the ARSL Conference this fall in St. George.

Congratulations go to:

Tammi Thiem, Student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Library Director at Genoa Public Library, Genoa, NE.
Tammi was awarded the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship which goes to a current LIS student.

Bailee Hutchinson, Director, Bolivar-Hardeman County Library, Bolivar, TN.
Bailee was awarded the Founders Scholarship which goes to a working librarian.

Amanda Kiely, Youth Services Coordinator, Ketchikan Public Library, Ketchikan, AK.
Amanda was awarded the Ken Davenport Scholarship which goes to a working librarian.

The winner of the Allan-Perez Scholarship is
Leisl Hammond, Branch Manager, Jones County Public Library, Gray, GA.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee for all of their hard work.  More than 100 applications were submitted and every committee member read each application as part of the evaluation process.   It is a lot of work with some very difficult choices as there were only 4 scholarships and so many worthy applicants.   Thank you to Hannah Buckland, Vanessa Everhart, Jeanna Allums,  Clancy Pool, and Carolyn Peterson.

Shirley Vonderhaar, Library Director
James Kennedy Public Library
320 1st Ave. E.
Dyersville, Iowa  52040

Hotels Update Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:16:11 +0000 Our official hotel blocks have sold out for this year’s conference. But never fear we have looked online and found several nearby hotels with reasonable rates. We suggest you choose your favorite travel fare search website and take a look for hotels near the Dixie Center (1835 S Convention Center Dr, St George, UT 84790).  Those sites will show availability and distance to the conference location.  At time of publication there were several hotels less than a mile from the conference site with rooms available at reasonable rates, so we feel confident that you will be able to book a room to attend ARSL2017. There is also a hotel under construction that should be accepting room bookings soon.

We will keep you in the loop and are excited to see you in St. George!

Library Director, City of Williston, North Dakota Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:58:44 +0000 The City of Williston has an opening for a Library Director. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement, health insurance, life insurance and flex plan.

The Library Director develops, administers, supervises and coordinates the work of the Library and staff. Performs managerial duties related to personnel, budget, building maintenance, library operations and services.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Implement policy as established by the Board of Trustees, including selection of staff and evaluations.
2. Overall supervision of the entire staff.
3. Acquaint the Board with specific problems involving the Library.
4. Accountable for the administration of the library operation.
5. Submit recommendations on services to the Board.
6. Coordinate services to adults in community through programming and reader services.
7. Draft Library policies and regulations for consideration by the Board of Trustees.
8. Analyze and coordinate budget estimates and control expenditures to administer the approved budget.
9. Serve as secretary to the Board when called upon.
10. Plan Library programs, considering recommendations of subordinates.
11. Make final decisions regarding purchases within the Library’s materials selection policy.
12. Evaluate Library collections.
13. Supervise building, grounds and vehicles.
14. Prepare and present special reports.
15. Supervise public relations.
16. Maintain channels of communication with other officials in the administration of the library operation.
17. Perform related duties and responsibilities as directed or required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Proven professional and administrative ability.
• Philosophy of library service acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the Library Board, staff, public and community leaders.
• Extensive knowledge of library materials and methods.
• Ability to organize and direct the work of professional and clerical staff in a manner conducive to full performance.
• Ability to interpret community interests and needs and to plan library service.
• Awareness and interest in community affairs.
• Knowledge of budgeting and public library finance.

Recommended Education & Experience: Graduate degree in Library Science from ALA accredited school or appropriate combination of education and a minimum of three years of experience in professional library work.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works indoors but sometimes travels within the city for reasons related to the job. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

Salary Range: $50,000 – $75,000 + (salary will be determined based upon experience, education or a combination of both).

Full employment details and the application form are available on the City of Williston website. Submit application with a resume to Chery Pierzina, Human Resources Director, at PO Box 1306, Williston ND 58802-1306, or emailed to Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Director, Nevada Public Library, Iowa Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:15:34 +0000 Due to retirement, the Nevada Public Library population around 7,000 is looking for an engaged, forward thinking Director with leadership skills and professionalism, excellent community relations, and the ability to take the Library to the next level of excellence in serving the community.
The Director reports to the Board of Trustees and works with a dedicated staff. He/She directs all
administrative, professional, and technical library activities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Financial management and budgetary process
  • Management of Library personnel
  • Create, develop, and implement innovative solutions and initiatives
  • Develop effective and positive working relationships with community leaders, city leaders,
    Board of Trustees, and Library staff.

Full job description & benefits package can be found at

The Nevada Public Library is located in Nevada, Iowa. The Library serves not only the city but also rural Story County residents. The patron base is a mix of young families and retirees. The Library building was recently renovated and expanded in 2013, with great support from the community. The Library
increased from 11,000 sq. feet to 17,000 sq. feet.
Nevada is just 8 miles east of Ames, Iowa, on Highway 30. Nevada has a great small town atmosphere,
excellent schools, and offers easy access to cultural and sporting events in central Iowa.

Hiring Range: $48,383 – $56,921

Closing Date: June 30, 2017

System Director, Southwest Kansas Library System, Dodge City, KS Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:02:58 +0000 Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Committee of the Southwest Kansas Library System (headquartered in Dodge City, KS), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next System Director. SWKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 83 member libraries providing unique and innovative services. SWKLS serves a 21 county region, with 8 staff members. SWKLS is a member-focused organization providing excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including support for innovative technologies.

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of a twenty-one county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active SWKLS presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit SWKLS System Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills; flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and prior experience in regional systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $69,500-75,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Tandy Ritchhart,, via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Tandy Ritchhart. This position closes July 31, 2017. Please visit Dodge City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for community and regional information. Dodge City is home to an excellent and progressive school system and a two year community college.

ARSL Ballots Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:25:04 +0000 A link to the ballot for the ARSL 2017 election went out today to all members in good standing.

Because the individualized link is coming via SurveyMonkey, please be sure to check not only your inbox and updates folders, but also your SPAM folder before contacting Rita at regarding a missing ballot.

Thanks so much.

Good luck to all on the ballot!


Funding, summer reading hot topics in May Mon, 05 Jun 2017 02:01:03 +0000 The ARSL listserve is a great source of nationwide information and tips. In addition to job postings, continuing education information and diverse library topics, May’s postings included discussion to keep federal funding viable. Listserve topics are archived on the membership page of the ARSL website.

Summer reading program discussion included ways to promote SRP, such as school visits to deliver flyers advertising the summer’s event calendar, and a suggestion of including QR codes for registration. The inclusion of local daycares in the summer reading program sparked lots of suggestions, such as letting the daycares come to scheduled programs or making a separate SRP for the daycares to address space limitations. Changing days and times of programs in one library resulted in daycare children and their parents both coming to participate.

Other programming topics addressed hosting an art exhibit (all sales should be between artist and buyer, library might negotiate percentage of sale, consult artist on hanging their art, have a contract that outlines each party’s responsibility); advice on AV equipment for presentations and movies (size of screen, advantages of Smart TVs); experiences Skyping authors; success of online book clubs for kids; keeping Lego clean; and a query about adult/senior programming.

Lots of discussion on magazine collections: are they still popular, how long to keep back issues, to catalog or not, how to keep them from walking away, and using Zinio to augment print collections. A question was posed on fulfilling demands of audio users when the budget is limited. The topic of ensuring all items are checked in before shelving included suggestions of making the sure the barcode scanner is registering everything, put check-ins on a colored cart and move away from the front desk for check-in, make sure the cursor is in the entry box before scanning, and an observation that some patrons will shelve overdue books to avoid late fees.

Policy questions ranged from accepting debit cards (Square is good but has fees, is free to libraries) to policies on flooding and for managing volunteers.

The listserve is a great member benefit and a convenient to share with and learn from one another.