ARSL Association for Rural and Small Libraries Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:02:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Library Director in The Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:56:37 +0000 Library Director

The Town of Provincetown is seeking candidates for the position of Library Director. The Provincetown Public Library serves a diverse community seasonally ranging in population. The Library Trustees are committed to providing excellent customer service and expanding collections and programming in an interactive digital environment. The Library, established in 1873, occupies a recently renovated 1860 National Historic property. The Library Trustees’ vision is one of a public library that is a model in terms of representing its community both in traditional library services and in cultural storytelling.

Responsibilities: The Library Director works under the policy direction of the Board of Library Trustees, the administrative direction of the Town Manager and works closely with other elected and appointed Town officials. The Director oversees and monitors all Library operations, including budgeting, managing personnel and volunteers, programming, fundraising, grant writing, managing archives and facilities. The Director conducts long-range planning, prepares the budget and related reports, recommends and implements Board policies, compiles statistics, performs public relations activities, represents the library at civic organizations, participates in the work of professional organizations, confers with library patrons on matters involving suggestions, complaints and questions. The Director supervises the development of the library’s collection and directs and approves materials selections and supervises the preparation of financial records and manages expenditures.

Qualifications: Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited program, six years of experience in library administration and supervision or equivalent thereof preferred. The successful candidate should have a professional record documenting vision, creativity, collaborative and consensus-building skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, grant writing and fundraising experience, a commitment to the development of technology for its potential to deliver library service and promote the library, budgetary experience, strong organizational and planning skills, and experience working with a diverse community in a fast-paced environment.

Provincetown is a historic seaside town at the tip of Cape Cod with a year round population of 3,000 resident and a seasonal tourist destination with a summer population of as much as 20,000.

Salary based on qualifications. Benefit package included. Applications and job descriptions may be obtained from the Office of the Town Manager, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 or Completed applications, resume and three professional references should be submitted to the Office of the Town Manager or . Position open until filled. The Town of Provincetown is an equal opportunity employer.


State where job is located: Massachusetts
Job Closing Date: 11/01/2017
Public Library Director, Holdrege, NE Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:11:39 +0000 Thriving Midwestern community seeks forward-thinking library director to help supervise and develop staff, prepare and manage budget, maintain community relationships, develop programming, implement technology, write grants, and oversee collection development.

The Holdrege Area Public Library is located in south central Nebraska, 150 miles west of Lincoln. The library serves all of Phelps County which has a total population of about 9,700, and is an active member of the Pioneer Consortium, a statewide automation resource running on Koha. This busy library has 11 staff members, circulates about 9500 items per month and hosts over 16,000 Internet sessions per year. Originally a Carnegie Library, most areas of the facility have been recently renovated.

Requirements: A MLS from an ALA-accredited program is preferred, progressive managerial experience in a public library setting or the equivalent education/experience mix. Superior written and oral communication skills are necessary as well as a commitment to exceptional customer service. Must be able to work independently and maintain excellent relations with staff, board of trustees, and members of the City Council and the County Board of Commissioners, as well as the public at large. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package offered.  Deadline for resumes accepted is September 29, 2017. Send resume, cover letter and three references to contact listed below:

Holdrege Area Public Library

Selection Committee

604 East Ave.

Holdrege, NE 68949


Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:48:45 +0000

Plan on joining us for ARSL 2018 Sept. 13-15 in the Land of Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois for ARSL 2018. Springfield is home to the President Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln tomb, the Dana-Thomas home (a Frank Lloyd Wright home), and Route 66 among many other exciting things to see.  Check back from time to time as we add more news about ARSL2018 here and on our Facebook page.

Minutes as Approved – Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:41:44 +0000 Download complete minutes –May Minutes – PDF

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:30-12:00 Central Time
Meeting Location:


Meeting called to order at 10:40 CDT. Present: Gail Sheldon, Kevin Tomlinson, Kieran Hixon, Kathy Zappitello, Judy Calhoun, Vicki Bartz, Meredith Wickham, Linda Green, Jennifer Pearson, Clancy Pool, Ryan Deery, Julie Elmore, Lisa Lewis, Mary Soucie

Judy Calhoun expressed her thanks for our participation at the Board Retreat in St. Louis. Special thanks to Clancy and to Lisa Lewis.

Mary moved to approve consent agenda. Gail seconded. No discussion. Passed unanimously with no abstentions.

Approve Minutes of March*
Executive Committee Report*
Membership and Marketing Committee Report *
Conference Planning Committee Report *
Partnerships Committee Report: Jennifer P. reported on the IFLA Global Vision meeting in Washington, DC. Facilitated workshop over two days with representatives from library associations in the U.S. and Canada. Jennifer P. needs ARSL board members to attend the webinar. She will send out the packet from the IFLA meeting for us to examine before committing to helping with this
Governance Committee Report *
Finance Committee Report
Current Financial Statement: Clancy asked for specific questions from the board. Clancy explained that the check register was no longer part of the financial report because this information is now readily available in QuickBooks online. As of [date], assets of $x.
Conference Logistics Committee *

Financial Report

Report from Partnership Committee

IMLS Statement of Position – A motion was made by Vicki Bartz and seconded by Kieran Hixon to accept the IMLS Statement of Position letter. The motion was

Association for Rural & Small Libraries Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

10:30 am Central time



Welcome and Call to Order Judy, President
10:35 CDT

Approve minutes of February meeting Judy
Kieran Hixon motioned, Kevin Tomlinson seconded. Passed unanimously with no abstentions.

President’s Report Judy
Preparing for retreat, for the most part

Treasurer’s Report Clancy
Now operating on accrual method instead of cash basis. We now have a cash flow chart as well as more information than a check register. Clancy now has access to QuickBooks online.

Old Business Judy
Retreat Agenda – Still tentative. Now is the time to make changes. We need to consider team-building exercises, probably at the meeting after annual conference. The need for a Sturgis boot camp, as our official parliamentary procedure guide is The American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, formerly known as Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis.

New Business Judy
Nominating committee – Kieran reported on the timeline, including call for candidates. What are the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities that should be required for board candidates? The Committee agreed on the top three: Prior board experience. Budgeting experience. Ability to work as part of a group. Board job description should be changed to “minimum of 10 hours per week”.
Annual Report – should be a downloadable PDF from now on. Treeline can put it together for us. We can discuss this at the board retreat later this
Financial Procedures & Policy – Treeline has created a policy that the finance committee should review before presentation to the board. Vicki reported that Rita has shared a reimbursement form that we need to use for annual conference claims. It is in the Forms folder in Dropbox, of all places. The reimbursement form that Judy sent out recently will still be used for this year’s board

Preparation Needed for May 2017 Board Meeting Items? Judy

Time of Next Executive Committee Meeting
June 21, 2017 at 10:30 Central time Adjourned 11:31 a.m. CDT.

Conference Policy addendum – A motion was made by Lisa Lewis and seconded by Julie Elmore to accept the conference policy addendum which included a cancellation and refund policy for conference
(with committee documents)

Dixie Center Addendum: Addendum to the hotel contract to agree to a flat rate for audiovisual services for conference. Kieran motioned to approve. Julie seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention.

Double Tree Hotel Addendum: Increasing room rate Ryan motioned to approve. Clancy seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention.

Copyright Policy: Replaced AMR with current management company as listed on the Association’s Web site. Mary motioned to approve. Lisa seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention.

Form 990: The 2016 990 completed by AMR. Vicki motioned to approve. Kieran seconded. Vicki commented that conference chairs need to keep a list of every donated item so that it can be listed on the 990. Judy suggested adding this information to the conference manual. Carried unanimously without abstention.

Membership Categories: It was suggested that the membership categories be amended to include all categories. Mary motioned. Clancy seconded. Linda pointed out that student memberships are not currently listed. Motion and seconded rescinded. Mary proposed that we adopt the policy as presented with the following amendment: remove the prices of individual categories and amend the purpose of the policy to add a statement that membership rates are set by the board. Julie seconded. Passed with one opposed.

Financial Procedures: Judy explained that, even though these are procedures, Treeline requests board approval because it has come before the board in the past. Clancy motioned. Linda seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention.

Strategic plan: Jennifer motioned to approve the 2017-19 strategic plan. Kieran seconded. Passed unanimously with abstention.

Ad hoc Committee – Governing Board: Lisa Lewis has agreed to chair the committee to study the process of transitioning from a working board to a governing board. Judy would like approval. Meredith motioned. Linda seconded. Passed unanimously without abstention.

Lisa Lewis, Chair, Kathy Zappitello, Ryan Deery, Gail Sheldon with assistance from Becky Heil.

Bylaw Revisions – performed by July. Governance is planning a bylaw Q&A for the board on July 10 at 11:00 CDT. Linda will send out proposed revisions before the session for board perusal.


George, Utah: Vicki reported that things are moving along. Contracts are almost ready to go out. Utah’s State Librarian will be delivering a welcome message. There are now three rooms available at the Holiday Inn due to cancellations. Currently 192 registrations, far higher for this time of year than in the past. About a dozen registered vendors so far.
Board Meeting: Vicki asked if the board would consider meeting with the consultant on Saturday afternoon. The board agreed that this would be preferable to meeting on Sunday. This year’s orientation for new board members will be before
Election: Kieran reported that nominations are still

Sharing from Board Members: Lisa’s library is the only one in Arizona to receive a NASA grant. Vicki’s library received a YALSA Great Book Giveaway. Judy’s grandson graduated from Kindergarten today. Linda reminded that board members who need an advance to attend this year’s conference must submit an application within the

Time of Next Meeting – Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:30-12:00 CDT

ADJOURN BOARD MEETING: Kieran motioned to adjourn. Linda seconded. Adjourned at 11:50 CDT.

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2017 Dine-arounds Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:38:29 +0000 This is the list of restaurants where Dine-arounds will be held during ARSL2017. Several of these locations will require shuttle service and a couple may require an additional fee for cab service. Please sign up for dine-arounds near the registration desk until noon on Thursday.  Times will be staggered, and departures will be on a very tight schedule. Please make sure  you are at the meeting location at the appointed time, so you don’t miss your ride!

 Dine-a-round Schedule Dixie Center, 1835 S Convention Center Dr, St George, UT
Walking Pool Leave DC Arrive Return DC Pickup Arrive DC Leave DC
Ahi’s Taste of Asia 6:00
Burger Theory 6:00
Cracker Barrel 6:00
Rib & Chop 6:00
Pool 1
Cliff Side 5:40 5:50 6:00 7:20 7:25 7:30
Black Bear 6:00 6:05 6:10 7:35 7:40 7:45
Magleby’s 6:15 6:20 6:25 7:50 7:55 8:00
Pancho&Lefty’s 6:30 6:35 6:40 8:05 8:10 8:15
Green Iquana 6:45 6:50 6:55 8:20 8:25 8:30
Golden Corral 7:00 7:10 8:40
Pool 2
Sakura Steakhouse 5:40 5:50 6:00 7:05 7:15 7:20
Olive Garden 6:05 6:15 6:20 7:25 7:35 7:40
Ricardos 6:25 6:30 6:35 7:45 7:55 8:00
Pier 49 6:40 6:45 6:50 8:05 8:10 8:15
Honolulu Grill 6:55 7:00 8:20 8:30


On-site Registration Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:21:34 +0000 If you did not register for the ARSL Conference in St. George and find yourself able to go, you can register on site.  The rate for full conference for an ARSL member is $325 and will include everything but MEALS.  The rate for full conference for a non-member is $400 and will include everything but MEALS.  The rate for registration for one day, no meals is $185.  We hope to see you in St. George.

Activities & Attractions In St. George, Utah Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:09:03 +0000 St. George: Everything from A to Zion

With a thriving arts scene, a temperate climate, ribbons of emerald green fairways, and the incredible scenery surrounding the area, St. George is a haven you will wish you had discovered long ago. Just 90 minutes north of Las Vegas Nevada, in the southwest corner of Utah, desert red rock meets alpine mountains in a stunning display of geologic majesty. Rich in pioneer history and surrounded by beautiful multi-colored cliffs: there are many places to explore and attractions to visit.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: (Does not include all options – search for your best fit)



  2. Nestled in the red sandstone cliffs near Padre Canyon, Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah is a spectacular 1,920-seat outdoor concert and performing arts venue. Just minutes from St. George, Tuacahn Amphitheatre presents exciting Broadway shows and musicals, concerts, festivals and holiday events.
  3. Shows for 2017 season: Mamma Mia, Shrek, the Musical, Disney’s Newsies
  4. 1100 Tuacahn Dr., Ivins, UT 84738  Box office:  (435) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300

GOLFING – local:

  2. Phone: (435) 216-1179 – can book all courses  Email:
  3. Golf Courses:
    • St. George Golf Club
    • Golf at The Ledges
    • Coral Canyon
    • SunRiver Golf Club
    • Green Spring Golf Course
    • Sand Hollow Resort Golf Club
    • Entrada at Snow Canyon
    • Sky Mountain Golf Course
    • Sunbrook Golf Club
    • Southgate Golf Club
    • Red Hills Golf Course – 9 Holes
    • Conestoga Golf Club – Mesquite

HIKING: – 20-minute drive:


CASINO/GAMBLING: 30-minute drive

  1. MESQUITE, NEVADA: Evening charters available


  1. The Shoppes at Zion (Outlet Mall)
  2. Red Cliffs Mall:
  3. George Chamber of Commerce:





Activities & Attractions In Southern Utah Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:42:28 +0000 St. George: Everything from A to Zion:

Southern Utah is home to many natural resources and offers activities to accommodate the art enthusiasts, the scenic driver or the most seasoned hiker. With five National Parks and many State Parks, it is a worldwide travel destination.  From the grandeur of Zion National Park to the other-world hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park, these are all also popular scenic backdrops for countless movies.  In Southern Utah, encounters with many natural landmarks are within arm’s reach, such as the Delicate Arch near Moab.  Hiking and sightseeing adventures are available, from ADA compliant trails to advanced climber challenges.

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Visit the “Mighty Five”: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zions:

The Mighty 5® national parks in Utah draw several million visitors from around the world each year to marvel at the surreal scenery and unforgettable activities. A trip to The Mighty 5 means watching the sunrise over the towering depths of Canyonlands National Park, then watching the sunset through an impossibly delicate rock bow in Arches National Park. It means standing nose-to-nose with ancient petroglyphs in Capitol Reef National Park, then lying on your back as a beautiful meteor shower streaks across the Milky Way. It means gazing down at coral-hued rock hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, then gazing upward at the steep walls of slot canyon trails in Zion National Park. It means hiking, river rafting, biking, picnicking, walking, mule riding, exploring and stargazing.



  3. 435 834-5322


  3. 435 719-2313


  3. (435) 425-3791

ZION NATIONAL PARK: 1-hour drive

    3. (435) 772-3256
    4. Zion National Park Wilderness hiking guide:

    5. 2017 Spring map & guide:

    6. Wilderness guide:



      3. (435) 586-945-4420


      2. Escalante/Boulder chamber of Commerce (435) 826-4810




      3. (928) 608-6200


      2. Many activities throughout each day
      3. 2017 SHOWS
        • Sept 5: “Shakespeare in Love”
        • Sept 6: Romeo & Juliet
        • Sept 7: “As You Like It”
        • Sept 8: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
        • Sept 9: Romeo & Juliet


      1. Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area:
      2. George Mormon Historical Sites:
      3. The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area is the only National Heritage Area designated and named for a specific people, the Mormon Pioneers – as they forged to the west, with dedication, fortitude, and extraordinary efforts. It has been identified by Congress as a factor in the expansion of the United States.
      4. Watch a TV series called “Discovery Road” about the areas covered by the MPHNA. Chose episodes at:
      5. See the “Travel Planner” page at for more information.


        • Short, scenic and fun, this little trail leads from the campground at Red Cliffs Recreation Area into a narrow canyon beside a small stream. As you hike, the canyon narrows until it is just a few feet wide and a beautiful little waterfall blocks the trail. But it is easy to climb around and the trail continues into the canyon.
      3. SNOW CANYON STATE PARK – (20 minutes)
        • Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,400-acre scenic park quietly tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment. Majestic views and the subtle interplay of light, shadow, and color dancing across canyon walls evoke strong emotional responses from visitors. Located in the 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, established to protect the federally listed desert tortoise and its habitat, the park offers opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography, camping, ranger talks and junior ranger programs. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a three-mile paved walking/biking trail and over 15 miles of equestrian trails.


      1. Silver Reef:
      2. Silver Reef was a mining boom town in the late 1800s, with the discovery of silver in sandstone – a geological rarity. The area is now a “Wild West Ghost Town located in a stunning geological setting.


ARSL Hosts Game Night at Annual Conference Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:36:46 +0000 Gather with old friends and meet new ones at Game Night on Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 5:30 pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Lounge. A variety of board games will be available including Backgammon, Scrabble, Forbidden City, Ticket to Ride, cards and more. Have a few drinks and pass the evening away laughing and having fun with other ARSL attendees.

June and July listserv recap Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:16:51 +0000 Beginning in June, the listserv saw numerous announcements for upcoming workshops, job openings and the ARSL Conference in St. George, Utah, September 7-9, 2017. In addition, lots of questions were asked and ideas offered.

Ideas for a United Way project grant included STEM programs such as Lego club Mindstorm, Ozobots, and Makey/Makey. Can help kids go from guided to self-directed activities.

How to spend $15,000 for a health-related program? Host a health fair partnering with local hospital; offer free screenings for language and vision for infants and toddlers; raise awareness of Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and other issues that affect children; offer hearing, vision and blood work clinics for adults; host healthy cooking classes, including kitchen basics for kids.

How to manage existing staff resistant to implementing changes? Have a detailed job descriptions and a review process to be approved by the board; document, document, document; have meeting with board and staff to clarify expectations to perform duties with a reasonable amount of training; work as a team with staff to get their buy-in, including input on expectations of the director and vision for the library, keeping conversation positive and firm.

What benefits does a full-time librarian receive? Benefits include annual leave and sick leave, paid holidays, small bonuses and comp time as approved by the board; some boards offer health insurance and 3 days of personal time; higher end benefits include full insurance, health insurance, 12 days of sick leave, and vacation days based on longevity with a minimum of 96 hours per year.

What kind of physical requirements do you require for employees? Lifting 25 lbs to 50 lbs; standing long periods of time; good hearing, especially on the telephone; hand dexterity, bending/kneeling and reaching up; climbing a ladder; climbing stairs several times a day.

Collection management:
What are your policies on ordering titles requested by patrons? Collection development policy should cover how requests are handled; consider these requests as you would for any other potential title; encourage patrons to sponsor a title by paying the library’s discounted price with the privilege being first to borrow it (can include acknowledgement inside the book. Use Inter-Library Loan system for older titles and those that don’t fit into your collection. If your library system charges for ILLs, you may have to consider limits on the number of requests.

Do you have database access to Consumer Reports? EBSCO offers digital access to their magazine collection through Flipster (expect to pay $1,000 or more); some digital collections are freely available through the state library.

How do libraries lessen DVD theft? DEMCO hanging disk system behind the desk; put out binders with movie summaries for browsing and clerk retrieves requested DVDs; shelve empty DVD cases and retrieve disk when DVD case is brought to desk to check-out.

What DVD/CD cleaning systems do libraries use and do provide a public disk cleaning service? Suggestions included ELMUSA, Echo Pro, JFJ Easy Pro, and Echo Smart II. For libraries that charge, fees ranged from $1.00 per disk to $3.00 per disk.

Do you check out magazines and for how long? 21-days just like books; current issues for in-house use only; 1 week loan with two renewals if no holds.

Public services:
Do you issue cards to children with or without parental permission? Do you have over 18/under 18 applications? Lots of variation in the responses from libraries: require parent/guardian to sign child’s card to assume financial responsibility for borrowed items; library issues a “family” card gathering all check-out information for the family in one account; library issues cards from birth, those under six years of age must have the parent/guardian present identification, sign the application, and accept financial responsibility.

How do you manage teens in your space? Set rules such as Respect Others, Respect Yourself, and Respect the Space. Check out Xbox controls and games to hold them responsible for their safe return.

Do you have policies for handling difficult patrons? Have a patron code of conduct; some use eviction notices which may be rescinded for limited use of the library; a permanent ban would involve the police issuing a no trespass order but these are hard to enforce.

Do you charge scanning or faxing fees? Responses favored free for scanning. Answers varied for faxing: $ .50/page; $.25/page receiving, $1.00/page if sending locally; $2.00/page if sending long distance, $2.00/page for single page, then $1.00 per page; no overseas faxing and don’t receive faxes; $.30/page locally; $.50/page long distance.

What are your experiences with DeepFreeze or PC Reservation? RebootRestoryRX is free and can be used in place of DeepFreeze to prevent unwanted changes; Time Limit Manager from Fortress Grand should be powerful enough for a small library setting; an open source time manager is Libki.

Suggestions for a Foundation/Friends group pushing the boundaries of their board vs. the library board resulted in suggestions to compose and have both boards sign a memorandum of understanding detailing what is expected from each party.

Some discussion about handling Friends’ funds: notify Friends’ treasurer when book sale cash boxes appear full, when a large bill or check has been received; most libraries do not deal with the friends’ money, rather it goes into a locked box and it is up to treasurer to make sure it is deposited on time.

How do you address your fiscal body when presenting a budget? Compile a list of programs and services; highlight materials purchased and services offered for the past year; talk about what you do specifically that makes a difference people’s lives; tell a success story of how someone benefited from your services; share your vision of the future.