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So glad to have seen you in Denver!

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!

Hope to see you in Denver, Colorado

Join us in Denver for the 2010 Annual Conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries 


The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services

are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for their

2010 Joint Conference

Magic in the Mile High City!

to be held in Denver, Colorado at the

Crowne Plaza Hotel

October 14-16, 2010

 There are some interesting, educational and exciting plans for this year’s conference. 

The Keynote Speaker for Thursday’s Opening Session will be Dr Loriene Roy, past President of ALA.  For the Closing Session on Saturday morning, Pat Wagner from Pattern Research will address the group.  Both individuals are well known and respected speakers in the library world. 

In addition, local author and radio personality Dom Testa will speak at an Friday Author’s Lunch.  A Wednesday night Welcome Mixer is planned to allow you to meet old friends and make some new ones.  There will be dine-arounds on Thursday evening and a Magic Show on Friday night.  A time to visit bookmobiles, stop by the vendor tables as well as to reconnect with friends and associates from across the county will be included in this year’s schedule. Workshop selection is being finalized and workshop titles will be announced in a few weeks. Some of the topics for this year’s workshops include gaming in the library, using outreach programs for children and teens, ethics, library advocacy, and managing change. 

 Early Bird member’s rate for conference registration is $200.   (good through 8/29/2010)

 Three exciting pre-conferences are planned as well. 

All are scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, 2010 

Dealing with a Runaway Board will offer real world solutions for those who are having difficulty managing boards, directors or other library personnel who are out of control.  A panel of experts will work with attendees to develop solutions for your situation. 

 10 Things You Should Know Before Disaster Strikes will take you step by step through disaster preparedness; what you need, who you should call and how to organize now, before a disaster hits your library.  This workshop includes a hands-on salvage workshop for restoring damaged library materials.

 Think Outside the Box is a 1/2 day tour of the two newest libraries in the Anything Library System.  LEED Certified and completely Deweyless, these two new libraries offer an opportunity for you to see a different kind of library.  Meet with the architect, talk to the directors and tour the facilities.  Transpiration to and from the libraries is included.


The Crown Plaza Hotel – Denver Airport – is situated just outside lovely Denver, Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.  Minutes from the Denver International Airport, the hotel offers a lovely lobby area, a restaurant with a wide variety of meals, an exercise room, business center and swimming pool.  All the rooms for the conference will have free internet access and the conference room rate is only $99 per night (single or double occupancy).  This rate is good for 3 days before and after the conference, so plan an extra day and do some sightseeing. The hotel also will provide a free shuttle service to and from the Denver Airport.  Be sure to ask about it when you register (303-371-9494). 

Conference registration information and an online conference brochure can be found at the following link:  

 To register, please stop by the Conference Registration and Exhibitor website –

 If you have any questions regarding the upcoming conference – please  send email to

I really hope to see you there!

Feeling like you are a Mile High

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.

So make your plans to join us in Denver for

“Magic in the Mile High City!” 

October 14 – 16, 2010