Get out there with the help of your Friends

There's a lot of talk about the value in leaving the library building. Not for patrons, mind you, but for staff. I'm often reminded of a marvelous tip I learned from Gail Santy, a presenter at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference last year (handouts from her presentation).

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

Rural Libraries as Innovation Incubators: Notes from a Session at ALA

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a session at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago: "The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator". Thank you to the presenters, Tameca Beckett, Youth Services Librarian at the Laurel Public Library (DE), and Andrea Berstler, Director at the Wicomico Public Library (MD), for the ideas and inspiration.

If you missed yesterday's webinar...

If you missed yesterday's webinar on supporting patron learning in small spaces with small budgets, never fear - it was recorded!

Upcoming Edge Benchmark Webinars

Please join us for two free upcoming webinars! On Wednesday, May 15th, Alexis Caudell, Director of the Mitchell Community Public Library in Indiana, will discuss Planning: A Small Library's Strategies for Tech Success. On Wednesday June 12th, Wendy Street, Director of the Pella Public Library in Iowa, will discuss how to Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets.

Strategic Planning on a Shoestring: Making Less = More (and Sharing It!)

Coming out of several years of budget cuts, the Cherokee County Public Library's determination to revamp and revitalize its resources, services, and programs provided the impetus for the development of a new strategic plan.  With no money for outside consultation, we began a process that would allow us to do what we do best:  find the best information relative to our organization, and utilize the strengths of our staff and stakeholders to form a plan that would benefit the community as a whole.

So glad for what it is... the ARSL conference.

Today as I walked in to work I was barraged by the enormous Salesforce conference (50,000 attendees!) in downtown San Francisco. This is the type of conference that defies all of my previous event experiences: a closed-off street covered with sod to create a "park" where participants can mingle and watch a presenters in front of a big screen; conference personel greeting me as I walk down the sidewalk (that was kinda nice); trucks with huge billboards advertising booth numbers and products that circle endlessly around the conference city blocks; groups of men and women in suits staring at smartphones and giving bro-hugs...

"We are friendly and flexible. And we listen."

As I prepare to head to Frisco, TX for the 2011 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference, I thought I'd share what a few librarians have to say about what it means to lead a rural community's library. Enjoy.


I'm going to ARSL 2011, are you?

If you don't know what ARSL is or why you should go, you should. Allow me to take a few steps back to get everyone up to speed: ARSL is the most excellent Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and next month is the organization's annual conference, where rural and small librarians and staff gather to learn from each other. Sound too good to be true?

Best conference, hands down: ARSL!

I've attended the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference a handful of times now, and each year my assessment is the same: my favorite conference of the year!