The 2012 ARSL Annual Conference will be help in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 28, 29 and 30, 2012. It will be in the Sheraton Raleigh located downtown, within easy walking distance to restaurants, museums and other entertainment. More details will be announced soon, but be sure to mark the dates on your calendar today.
One of the highlights of our year as an organization is always the conference. The opportunity to see old friends and the possibility for making new ones creates an excitement that cannot be duplicated by other events. Perhaps because we are a association of library staff who are, for the most part, isolated during the year, or perhaps because our work in small communities gives us insight into the power of face-to-face networking, the conference is always a big deal. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to do what you can to be there.
But beyond the 3 days that make up the annual conference, I encourage you to become active in this, your organization; for this is your organization. A place where those serving as a vital element in the life of their community can communicate, and sometimes commiserate, about their situations. Where you can “pick the collective brain” for solutions, and resources from those who are doing what you are doing, in the next town down the road. ARSL is an organization for you, powered by it’s members.
At the conference and for several weeks after, we will be issuing a call for committee members. As a growing organization, with an all volunteer board, we rely on the help and participation of our members. If you are in Texas for the conference, stop by the table we will have set up with committee information and see what part you can play. If you cannot come to Texas, look for that same message over the listserv. There is a piece to this puzzle that has your name on it. Get involved. It is the best way to assure that the ARSL remains your organization, carrying your message and speaking with the voice of rural librarians everywhere.
Join your colleagues at the 2011 ARSL Conference!
Registration for the annual Association for Rural & Small Libraries
Conference continues at www.arsl.info.
It will be held in Frisco, Texas, on September 8-11 and will be infused with a welcoming atmosphere
and sense of camaraderie unlike any other conference. Also, ARSL is pleased to announce that the University of North Texas as our conference sponsor. Online registration ends August 28, 2011. You may register in-person at the conference after that date.
* Registration for the full conference is only $200 for
members and $250 for non-members.
* Conference hotel rates are only $109 per night. (Rooms
are going fast, so book yours soon.)
* Free events are scheduled throughout including a
pre-conference mixer, morning yoga classes and closing luncheon.
* A field trip to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas is only
* Birds of a Feather facilitated group discussions offer a chance
to gain new perspective while consulting with others about topics
affecting your library such as Summer Reading Club #’s, Fines and Dewey
* A Member MatchUp will be offered, pairing those new to the ARSL
conference with experienced conference-goers.
* Sessions are geared towards all levels of service that you
provide: Adult, Teen and Children’s Programming, Trustee/Board
Development, Community Partnerships, Technology Issues and much more!
* Free, instructor-led yoga sessions in the mornings.
* A session on Recycling Books for Fun & Fashion will be offered.
* National library leaders peeking around the corner during a
What’s Next general session.
Still not convinced that you should register? Read Sarah Washburn’s (of
TechSoup for Libraries) post: Best conference, hands down: ARSL!
I’ll see you in Texas…
ARSL Membership Development Committee, Chair
We are eagerly anticipating the ARSL National Conference in Frisco, Texas.
In case you were wondering, here is a taste of what is coming during those three days!
“Featured presenters will include Linda Braun, nationally-known library technology consultant and past YALSA president; Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, creators of the “Unshelved” comic strip; and Joe Bob Briggs, TV personality, film critic, author and champion of intellectual freedom.
Free events and activities at the conference include the pre-conference mixer, instructor-led yoga sessions in the morning, Birds-of-a-Feather discussion groups and the closing luncheon. Attendees new to the conference can be matched up with more experienced conference goers to get the most out of their ARSL conference experience.
For more information about the conference, and to register, please visit www.arsl.info.”
The entire post can be found here – ALA Direct On the ARSL Conference
It’s been a week plus since our conference, and perhaps this is a little on the late side, but I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful turnout in Denver this year! The conference planning committee was overwhelmed and overjoyed at the response to this year’s conference program. It seems that the Programs and Presenters group found just the right speakers to meet the needs of your libraries and bookmobiles.
I hope you remembered to thank whomever may have been responsible for making sure you made it to Denver and have already started planning on how to get to Frisco next year. The dates for 2011 will be out shortly.
Anyway – thank you to our Denver partners and local libaries for a warm and sunny time in the Mile High City! It was a conference to remember!
Earlier this month I was privileged to spend 3 days in Denver. I can say that the air is dry, the mountains are stunning and the folks at the Crowne Plaza are warm and welcoming and are looking forward to seeing you all next October.
Denver is the site for the 2010 Joint Conference for ARSL (that’s us) and ABOS (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services). It’s been a few years since we held a joint conference with our sister organization, but we are already hard at work, planning the upcoming conference.
Mark you calendars now- that’s right, set aside what you are doing while you browse this blog, get out your calendar, blackberry, Iphone or that scrap of paper you use to note dates and write this down – October 14 – 16, 2010.
Just a few previews – to help you decide to join us.
The location is the very lovely Crowne Plaza Hotel near the Denver International Airport. The hotel and conference center has a wonderful, open lobby, well lit conference facilities and warm, comfortable guest rooms. Speaking of rooms, the daily conference rate for the hotel is $99 (plus tax) per person per night and is available 3 days before and after the conference, in case you want to stay and explore Denver a little more. You can begin making your hotel reservations now – just make sure you mention the Library Conference when you call. A link for online reservations will be on our website soon.
We can let you know that two of the keynote speakers are Dr. Lorraine Roy, past president of ALA; and Pat Wagner, from Pattern Research. We are very excited to have these leaders in the library world as part of the activities.
The Conference Committee is hard at work preparing an exciting, interesting, fun-filled yet educational conference. We plan to begin accepting proposals for workshops beginning in February, so watch for that notice.
We are also hard at work organizing 2 preconference workshops, a welcome mixer and dine arounds, small evening excursions, an author lunch, a magic show and other fun events so you can chat with old friends, make new ones and enjoy the Denver Area.