ARSL Association for Rural and Small Libraries Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Election Results Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:39:13 +0000 Congratulations to the following on their election/re-elections to the ARSL Board of Directors. These members will be welcomed to the board at the ARSL 2017 conference in St. George, Utah Sept. 7-9th. 

Vice President/ President Elect:

Kieran Hixon, Technology Consultant for the Colorado State Library (Florence, CO)

Re-elected Board Members

Clancy Pool Branch Mgr, St. John Library (St. John, WA)

Lisa Lewis, Library Services Mgr, Show Low Public Library (Show Low, AZ)

Newly Elected Board Members

Jennie Garner, Library Director, North Liberty Community Library (North Liberty, IA)

Jane Somerville, Library Director, Stanley Community Library (Stanley, ID)


Minutes as Approved – March 15, 2017 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:31:55 +0000 Board Minutes – Download PDF of Complete Minutes with Supporting Documents and Reports

Association for Rural & Small Libraries Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

10:30-12:00 Central Time

Meeting Location:



  1. WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER BY Judy Calhoun President


Welcome to returning board members Gail Sheldon and Lisa Lewis. Welcome also to Sarah White, who will speak to us about ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program (EL), a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. EL is designed to put participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

In attendance: Vicki Bartz, Judy Calhoun, Ryan Deery, Julie Elmore, Linda Green, Kieran Hixon, Lisa Lewis, Clancy Pool, Gail Sheldon, Mary Soucie, Kevin Tomlinson, Meredith Wickham, Kathy Zappitello.

  1. CONSENT AGENDA President
    1. Approve Minutes of January*
    2. Approve Minutes of Special March meeting*
    3. Membership and Marketing Committee Report *
    4. Conference Planning Committee Report *
    5. Partnerships Committee Report
    6. Governance Committee Report *
    7. Finance Committee Report
      1. Current Financial Statement
    8. Conference Logistics Committee *
    9. Website *

Mary Soucie moved to approve the consent agenda. Vicki Bartz seconded. Motion approved unanimously with no abstensions.


Report from ALA Emerging Leader (EL), Sara White, Senior Youth Services Librarian at the Seminole County Public Library in Florida. The EL program kicks off with a day-long session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Afterward, it grows and develops in an online learning and networking environment for six months.  The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.  The program is limited to no more than 50 participants each year.

Sarah’s EL group is currently researching the career paths of youth services librarians for ALSC, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The group will soon be distributing a survey to try to determine what the common career path of youth services librarians looks like and how they can be better equipped for leadership roles. Leadership might be leading from where they are and taking on a more significant challenge of community partnerships or different ways they can make the youth services programs at their libraries more robust and entwined in the community — leading from where they are. And, in other cases, that might look like preparing them to become youth services managers.  What kind of skills can we teach that are management skills and also youth services-specific leadership skills?  And ALSC feels — and we also feel as we’ve been doing some preliminary research — that there hasn’t been much of that. There are so many library leadership development programs of varying levels of endurance. Some of them: This sounds so great! Oh, they’ve discontinued it! Lots of variations on that idea of library leadership development, but not necessarily attuned to the specific issues pertinent to youth services librarians and their specific starting points, so to speak.  So, we’re doing surveys.  We’re doing interviews.  We’re doing lots of research.  I enjoy the writing, so I’m kind of the primary research person and somebody else is working on coordinating all the surveys and the interviews. And, so our finished product is going to be a report to ALSC that will probably be shared on their site — our evaluation, based on our research, based on our gathering quantitative and qualitative data from professionals in the field.  And also, I just found this out from Aimee Stittmatter — she’s our liaison, but she’s also our liaison from ALSC who’s working with us, but also the Executive Director of ALSC — let us know today that where they really want to go with this is to implement some kind of library leadership development program specifically for youth services librarians, and our research is going to sort of inform that initiative. It’s been a lot of fun. My group met at [ALA’s] Midwinter [Conference]. We were involved in some of the ALSC board meetings and roundtables to sort of brainstorm about sort of where the future of advocacy for youth library services is going. And now we’re been meeting once a week in the evenings, to collaborate and work on this project.

Gail Sheldon then asked Sarah if ALSC is planning on doing any work with YALSA in conjunction with this leadership for youth services. Sarah replied that, since she had just found out about the bigger picture, grander plan that morning, she was not positive. Sarah added that her EL group had used YALSA competencies as a part of designing their research with the aim of targeting ALSC and YALSA. Gail asked to be kept in the loop on this project. Sarah agreed and offered to do an update for the ARSL newsletter, a suggestion that met with enthusiasm from the ARSL board.

    1. Board Vacancy – The board voted to approve Kieran Hixon to fill the position on the Executive Committee and for Lisa Lewis to fill the board vacancy left by Jet
    2. Board Vacancy – Linda Green made the motion to approve Clancy Pool as the new board treasurer and for Gail Sheldon to fill the board vacancy left by the resignation of Susan Hughes. The motion was seconded by Kieran Hixon and the motion was
  1. 2017 Budget * – Linda Green made the motion to approve the 2017 budget as presented, second by Lisa Lewis. The motion was


  • Met several times with Treeline, ARSL’s new management company and sent documents to them as
  • Read dialog for the Big Talk for Small Libraries presentation and then gave that talk, along with Vicki and Meredith, at the end of February. And they were awesome. There were 326 attendees this
  • Updated the ARSL Affiliate information with ALA and registered for the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition to be held June 22-17 this year in
  • Participated in a telephone interview with Debbie Weingarten, who is doing an article on poverty and rural
  • Met with Executive Committee concerning board vacancy and the spring board
  • Working on a tentative agenda for the board
  • Worked on the documents for vendor registration, which are now ready for our annual conference.

Tentative retreat agenda now in Dropbox.  Please complete preparatory activities before arriving in St. Louis. Linda Green pointed out that ARSL does not currently have a document retention policy and wondered how long we should keep the agenda. Judy replied that there are several items in the Partnerships folder in Dropbox the appropriate disposition of which is unclear.  Judy suggested that we might need to create a Completed Partnership folder. Kieran pointed out that there is also storage available on the website server. Judy emphasized that these issues need to be resolved so that future boards will have a chance of finding things, with a table of contents document. Gail agreed with Linda’s point that the Association needs a document retention policy before the organization becomes too much bigger. Julie suggested checking with Treeline to see that we are in compliance with Michigan law.

Member Benefits. The M&M committee has reviewed documents that listed member benefits that we are not actually providing. The committee has deleted unimportant elements and created a clean version, now in Dropbox. Under Affiliate Members, and Business Members were some items pending approval/verification. There are currently not many affiliate members, so the affiliate meeting will be removed as a member benefit of an affiliate membership.  The committee has created a business member logo.  Linda Green asked if M&M has reviewed the Logo Policy to check for conflicts.

M&M will review the policy and report back to the board. There will be a similar element as a Business Member benefit.  Meredith Wickham motioned to amend the agenda to allow for a vote on this topic. Gail Sheldon seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention. The M&M Committee recommends the removal of vendor demo time as a member benefit of a business membership as well as the removal of the affiliate meeting as an affiliate member benefit. Mary Soucie moved to accept these changes, as recommended by the M&M Committee. Julie Elmore seconded. Motion passed with Linda Green abstaining. Linda pointed out that she would be removing these two policies from the Governance Calendar, as they are not the same policies that Governance has been working on.

  • SHLB Membership Fees January 2017 thru January 2018 have been paid
  • Board Retreat Reimbursement Form was modified according to recommendations made at today’s meeting and sent out to board members. Those who wish to request an advance instead of a reimbursement may submit the form before the retreat. “Total amount approved” will be calculated and filled in by the Treasurer, so leave this line blank when submitting the
  • Premier Membership involves donating an additional $10 for the scholarship fund. This option has not been made available to all membership categories. Clancy wanted to know if this additional donation is kept separate from other ARSL funds. Becky explained that these donations need to be tracked and then transferred into the Conference Revenue line. Julie Elmore emphasized that the option of paying for a Premiere Membership has a psychological benefit that appeals to some members. Mary Soucie asked if it is currently possible to donate anonymously and opt out of being listed on ARSL’s website as a donor. Kieran pointed out that he would have to check every month to remove names from the donor list on the website.  Mary pointed out ARSL used to be a  regional organization that has become a national organization that now need to assess whether it still makes sense to do certain things. This is part of a bigger issue that ARSL is having, including the issue of “why is all this stuff still in Dropbox?” Judy Calhoun then pointed out that, if we are going to continue with the Premiere Member status, we must decide who can qualify for this level of membership and what it means. Is this a legitimate member category? Linda suggested renaming this as an ARSL Angel, those who contribute to the scholarship fund. This is not a category and does not appear in any policy or procedure that currently exists in Dropbox. Mary Soucie moved to eliminate the Premiere option from the third-tier membership category and instead institute an ARSL Angel program. Ryan Deery seconded. Motion passed with one abstention.

Approve MOU from Utah State Library

Mary Soucie motioned to approve.  Vicki Bartz seconded.  Motion passes unanimously.

Appointment for StoryCorp Project

Vicki explained that this would be an opportunity for a post-conference activity. StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. StoryCorps grew out of Sound Portraits Productions as a project founded in 2003 by radio producer David Isay. StoryCorps is modeled—in spirit and in scope—after the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s, through which oral history interviews across the United States were recorded. Another inspiration for the organization was oral historian Studs Terkel, who cut the ribbon at the opening of StoryCorps’ first recording booth in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. To date, StoryCorps has recorded more than 60,000 interviews among more than 100,000 participants in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several American territories.

Jet Kofoot had responded to StoryCorps, indicating that ARSL would be participating in this event. The idea is to have three people who will work with the StoryCorps tools. Details below. Linda and Meredith are interested in participating. Judy suggested that Kathy Zappitello would be the best choice for the third volunteer. Linda Green suggested that one of this scholarship winners would be a good choice for one of the three volunteers. These volunteers should have been in place by March 3. This is a partnership, not a letter of support, so the document was misfiled in Dropbox.

Treeline Financial Procedures

Currently in Dropbox. Executive Committee members, please read and be prepared for discussion.


St. George, Utah. Everything has been sent to Rita in preparation for the opening of conference registration on April 3. The welcome reception and Saturday brunch menus still need to be determined. The chef is adamant that he will only to vegetarian and gluten-free special menus. Other attendees will have to fend for themselves. All conference-rate hotel rooms are gone. Vicki has left a message with Fairfield Inn asking them to open up a third block of rooms. ARSL will not be paying taxi fare for attendees who are staying at hotels that do not operate their own complimentary shuttles.

  2. Time of Next Meeting – Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:30 to 12:00 noon CDT

Adjourned at 11:52 a.m. CDT.

** Posted in DROP BOX

Registration continues for ARSL 2017 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 03:18:13 +0000 You may have missed the early bird discounted rate, but don’t let that stop you from registering to attend ARSL 2017 in beautiful St. George, Utah Sept. 7th-9th.  Full conference rates begin at $325 for members. Pre-registering for the conference entitles the attendee to all general session/speaker events as well as breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday as well as one meal on Saturday.  We hope to see you in St. George!

Another great pre-conference has been added to the lineup! Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:00:14 +0000 We hope you can join us for “The Care and Feeding of Your Online Presence (all you need is love…and a few other things)“ by Shelly Drumm and  Natalie Winslow on September 6 from 1:00-5:00.

The price for this half day session will be $35 and include a mid-afternoon snack.
For more information, about this great workshop, go to

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, even if you have already registered, this can be added to your registration.  It will be listed as an optional purchase soon.

And, don’t forget, we have two more great pre-conference offerings and a post-conference. Find out more at

If you are interested in any of these professional development opportunities, sign up now! Pre-conferences may be canceled if we don’t get enough registration.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the pre-conference “Ready for Success? Puppets Do It Best!” with Susie Randleman has been canceled.

Early Bird Rates Ending Soon! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:34:13 +0000 There’s one week left to get those early bird rates. Sign up today!!

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference 2017 will be held at the Dixie Conference Center in St. George, Utah.

General Library Consultant South Carolina State Library Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:29:14 +0000 State where job is located: South Carolina Location: Columbia, SC Job Closing Date: 07/30/2017

Job Description:

Library Consultants at the SC State Library work independently and as part of the Library Development Team to encourage best practices in public library management and operations. Consultants are keenly interested in achieving excellence for all South Carolina libraries. Consultants conduct site visits to libraries to observe, assess, advise, and train on a broad range of library practices and procedures. Each Consultant serves as a resource for public libraries and for the State Library, and contributes significantly to the overall work of the Agency.

The Consultant identifies barriers to access and recommends resources, collections, equipment, and facility improvements to address particular library problems. The Consultant acts as a liaison between the State Library and selected state and national forums and local agencies and institutions. The Consultant assesses the need for improvement in public library staff awareness and skills, and works with the Library Development team to identify, create, and directly provide training and other learning opportunities.

Consultants demonstrate skills in any of a number of library operations. Currently the Library Development team is in need of Consultants with expertise and interest in the following areas:

• Inclusive library services and programs; accessible collections and resources
• Diversity of all kinds as personified in public library patrons and staff
• Technology innovation: Virtual reality, maker culture, robotics
• Public library technology improvements and standards
• Digital literacy (21st Century) skills for library staff and public

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment.


Hiring Range: $46,000 – $55,000

Minimum Requirement and Additional Requirements:

A masters’ degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited college or university and 3-5 years professional experience in a public library position bearing responsibility for a core service area, branch or headquarters facility, or other oversight capacity; public service experience strongly preferred.

Familiarity with public library trends and current issues, especially in small rural communities. Awareness of age-related, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and economic conditions that may impede access to library resources and services. Spanish language skills a plus.

Must be comfortable and confident in meeting people of all abilities in professional situations. Must be able to plan and provide in-person training to large and small groups. Must communicate effectively in writing, by email and telephone, and write clear and accurate planning documents, project outlines, evaluations, and reports.

Additional Comments:

The State Library actively promotes professional development and learning opportunities for staff. Work takes place in an office environment. No physically demanding requirements, but ability to retrieve library materials is essential. Limited overnight travel required.

• Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from consideration for employment.
• Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
• Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Reference and background check will be conducted.

How to Apply:

Find a full position description and instructions for applying on the South Carolina State Library Jobs List:

Company Info:
South Carolina State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Courier Services Coordinator and Executive Assistant, Northeast Kansas Library System Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:50:44 +0000 Are you an excellent networker? Do you exhibit excellent customer service and have a collaborative nature? If so, the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) in Lawrence, KS is looking for you!

NEKLS has a full-time opening for a Statewide Library Courier Services Coordinator and Executive Assistant. We’re looking for an applicant with lots of energy, enthusiasm and interest in supporting libraries. Excellent salary ($35,000-40,000 DOQ) and benefits package, including complete health, dental, and vision coverage (single and family), short-term and long-term disability insurance, and retirement options.

For complete information and full job description, including qualification list, visit
Position is open until filled. Evaluation of applications will begin on July 17, 2017. Estimated start date is in August 2017.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Laura DeBaun at If you have questions, contact Laura DeBaun, NEKLS Director, at

Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) Statewide Library Courier Services Coordinator and Executive Assistant Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:12:53 +0000 Are you an excellent networker? Do you exhibit excellent customer service and have a collaborative nature? If so, the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) in Lawrence, KS is looking for you! NEKLS has a full-time opening for a Statewide Library Courier Services Coordinator and Executive Assistant. We’re looking for an applicant with lots of energy, enthusiasm and interest in supporting libraries.

For complete information and full job description, including qualification list, see the full job description at:

Excellent salary ($35,000-40,000 DOQ) and benefits package, including complete health, dental, and vision coverage (single and family), short-term and long-term disability insurance, and retirement options.

Position is open until filled. Please send a cover letter and resume to Laura DeBaun

Evaluation of applications will begin on July 17, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. Estimated start date is in August 2017.

For questions, please contact Laura DeBaun, NEKLS Director, at:

State where job is located: Kansas
Job Closing Date: 08/01/2017

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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