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Join your colleagues at the 2011 ARSL Conference!

Join your colleagues at the 2011 ARSL Conference!

Registration for the annual Association for Rural & Small Libraries
Conference continues at

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…

Tena Hanson
ARSL Membership Development Committee, Chair

ARSL Conference in this month’s issue of ALA Direct.

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”

The entire post can be found here – ALA Direct On the ARSL Conference

Heading to New Orleans for ALA Annual

Heading to New Orleans for ALA Annual?

List of sessions and events relevant to the work you do in your rural library. Be sure to join two of our ARSL board members, Larry Grieco and Dwight McInvaill, and this year’s ARSL Emerging Leader, Sharon Michie, for Public Programs that Work in Rural Libraries on Saturday, June 25, from 4-5:30. And if you have additional not-to-be-missed recommendations for folks attending the conference, be sure to post them to the listserv!      – Jennifer Peterson


Sessions Recommended to ARSL Members attending ALA Annual in New Orleans 2011(Compiled by Jennifer Peterson, ARSL board member)

Browse ALA Annual Conference Schedule: and verify times and locations for events listed below.

Turning the Page 2.0

Friday, June 24, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Convention Center, Rm 345

Description:  Turning the Page 2.0 addresses core issues of advocacy, communications and relationship building in a convenient blended-learning format. This half-day kick-off introduces librarians and supporters to the basic tenants of TtP 2.0. Participants will leave this pre-conference ready undertake a six-week course of synchronous and asynchronous online work aimed at completing an individual advocacy work plan. Attendance at this meeting is encouraged but not mandatory for participation; non-members are welcome. For additional information:


Beautiful (and Cheap) Websites and Tools for Low-Tech Libraries

Saturday, June 25, 8:00am – 10:00am

Convention Center, Rm 343

Speaker: Bob Keith, Technologist, New Jersey State Library
Speaker: Veronica Rutter Reynolds, Web & Collection Dev. Librarians, New City Library

Description:  No money? No technological savvy? No problem! With the incredible rise of content management systems and open source tools, no library needs to be without technological necessities. The presenters will display several easy tools to create simple, clean websites as well as other tricks like tracking reference questions using Google Apps or set up an SMS service using Meebo. In this economy, no one can afford NOT to know about these tools.

Diversity and Outreach Fair (ALA)

Saturday, June 25, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Convention Center, Special Events, Halls I/J

Description:  The annual Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates local library services, programs and collections to underserved and under-represented communities. Visit with program implementers, learn details and strategies for success, and consider how they might be repeated in your library community. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while networking and learning about these important programs! Sponsored by DEMCO, Inc.

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010

Saturday, June 25, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Doubletree Hotel, Madewood

Description:  In Perceptions of Libraries 2010: Context and Community, OCLC explores how changing contexts impact how people perceive and relate to libraries and information sources. Technologies and economics are vastly changed from 2005, when OCLC released the first Perceptions report. Join Cathy De Rosa for discussion of trends, perceptions and attitudes of the information consumer from this 2010 study.

Public Programs that Work in Rural Libraries

Saturday, June 25, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Convention Center, Rm 346-347

Speaker: Larry Grieco, Library Director, Gilpin County Public Library
Speaker: Dwight McInvaill, Director, Georgetown County Library
Moderator: Sharon Michie, Branch Manager, Steele Memorial Library

Description:  This will be a panel presentation and discussion of a variety of public programs with a proven success record in rural libraries. Each panelist will describe one or more programs that have worked in his or her library, from inception to implementation including the development of an idea, funding sources, target audience, and how to replicate in another rural library. Dwight McInvaill will describe “The Hurricane Project” and “The Smart Investing Project”, two programs that have worked in his rural library in South Carolina.  Larry Grieco will describe his “Artist-in-Residence” program, in its third year at the Gilpin County Public Library in Colorado (winner of the 2010 EBSCO Award for Excellence), and his library’s ongoing viewing and discussion series, in the sixth year of showing 15 to 20 films a year; and his library’s twice-a-year poetry readings, “A Midsummer Night’s Poetry Reading,” and “A Midwinter Night’s Poetry Reading,” which have drawn capacity (50) crowds at his library for the past two years.

 NEH’s Picturing America: Model Programs for Public Libraries

Sunday, June 26, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Convention Center, Rm 274


Speaker: Malore Brown, Program Officer, NEH

Speaker: Lainie Castle, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office

Speaker: Amber Creger, Children’s Librarian, Chicago Public Library Woodson Regional Library

Speaker: Colleen Leddy, Director, Stair Public Library

Speaker: Laura Moran, Library Programmer, Western Sullivan Public Library

Speaker: Brandy Morrill, Librarian III, Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch

Speaker: Jude Schanzer, Director of Public Relations and Programming, East Meadow Public Library

Description:  Since Picturing America was launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, 3,600 public libraries have been awarded this collection of American artwork. Public librarians who have the Picturing America artwork in their collections are invited to attend this session to learn more about developing related programs for public audiences. Model program formats presented will include book and media discussion programs, local history presentations, lecture series, poetry programming, and more.

Includes: Stair Public Library (Morenci, Mich.) – Located in a rural community, the Stair Public Library sought to offer a museum-like exhibit experience to their users with the model program “Picturing New York…in a Tiny Midwest Town.” The “New York, New York” Art Show featured related works from the Picturing America collection, as well art from local high school students. Library programs that highlighted the themes in the art displays included a musical performance, author visit, book discussion, storytimes for children and a gaming day at the library.


Come visit with ARSL board members at the ALA Affiliates Booth!

Sunday, June 26, 10:00am – 11:00am

Booth # 2122 in the Convention Center

We’ll be there to chat and share information about ARSL’s fall conference in Frisco, Texas. For more information about ARSL 2011 Conference:


Bookmobile Sunday – Panel Discussion

Sunday, June 26, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Convention Center, Rm 284

Speaker: Susan Baker
Speaker: MaryAnne Marjamaa
Speaker: Michael Swendrowski
Speaker: Kathryn Totten

Description:  The annual Bookmobile Sunday program will feature a panel of experts discussing a range of bookmobile-related topics including advocacy, Bookmobiles 101, new bookmobile tips, bookmobile outreach, and bookmobile programming.


FREE One-on-One Consulting
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Magnolia Room


PLA, in partnership with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, is pleased to present “Consultant’s Giving Back” at ALA Annual. Schedule a complimentary half-hour session with a nationally-recognized library consultant to talk over your library’s most pressing concerns.

List of more than 15 consultants who will be available:
Registration is open through Monday, June 20. Schedule directly with your consultant of choice.


Raisin’ Readers: Improving Literacy for Rural Children and Youth
Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Convention Center, Rm 348

Speaker: James Bartleman, author, As Long as the Rivers Flow
Moderator: Loriene Roy, Professor, University of Texas, Austin

Description: Rural, Native, and tribal libraries sponsor, host, and launch initiatives that support young and teen readers and their families. This program will feature the Honorable James K. Bartleman, Canadian diplomat, author, literacy advocate, and member of the Mnjikaning First Nation, to share his thoughts for engaging youth in literacy programs and read from his young adult novel, “As Long as the Rivers Flow.” As Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Bartleman initiated the Lieutenant-Governor’s Book Program in 2004, collecting over 1.2 million books to stock school libraries in First Nations communities; launched a program to pair Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut; and set-up summer camps for literacy development in five northern First Nations communities.


President’s Program featuring Marilyn Johnson

Monday, June 27, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Convention Center, Rm 274

Description: Join ALTAFF President Rod Gauvin as he hosts best-selling writer Marilyn Johnson (This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians can Save Us All). Marilyn has been a national champion of libraries and was the moving force behind ALTAFF’s “Authors for Libraries,” a large and growing group of authors who are willing and ready to speak out at the local and national levels about the importance of libraries. A book signing will follow.


Common Sense Preservation Assessment

Monday, June 27, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Convention Center, Rm 269

Moderator: Mary McInroy, Reference & Library Instruction, University of Iowa Libraries
Speaker: Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library

Description: Learn common-sense approaches to preservation risk assessment and set priorities for collections care. Learn about proven models for preservation assessment; free tools for gathering information about your facilities and collections; and resources to help you understand risks and take effective action. This session will include time to connect with colleagues and talk with preservation experts about preservation issues shared by small, rural, and tribal libraries.


ALA Advocacy University: Frontline Fundraising

Monday, June 27, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, River

Description: The hardest part of getting started with fundraising is figuring out what tools your library should use. The Frontline Fundraising Toolkit is an initiative of ALA President Roberta Stevens which empowers small and rural libraries to engage in fundraising without development staff. During this “town hall” session, you’ll interact with the toolkit writers who will walk through their sections which provide current fundraising techniques and information to help you build a long-lasting base of support for your library.


Other Resources for Browsing ALA Events:

ALA Annual Conference Schedule


Programming Librarian

Guide to the ALA National Conference

Conference Proposals

The 2011 Conference planning is well on its way! We look forward to a great time in Frisco, Texas, but we need your help.

Proposals are being accepted for workshops for the 2011 conference. The workshop times are one of the highlights for any conference, and the ARSL membership is no exception. If you, your library, your system or your staff are doing something new, creative and innovative that can be replicated elsewhere, consider submitting a workshop proposal.

The Online Proposal form is here . We look forward to seeing what wonderfully new and fun ideas you have to share with all the ARSL members.