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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.

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!

I laughed, I cried: why the ARSL-ABOS 2010 conference was a hit!

Librarians, bookmobiles, and a whole lot of inspiration captivated and captured my attention a couple weeks ago. The setting was the mile high city of Denver, where over 400 rural and small librarians and bookmobilists convened to share ideas and spark new ones.

ARSL-ABOS 2010 Conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) will have their 2010 ARSL-ABOS Joint Conference in Denver, Colorado, on October 14-16. The theme is "Magic in the Mile High City." Designed for directors, staff and trustees of small libraries, bookmobiles and outreach staff, attendees will find information that is helpful, practical and relevant.

Scholarships for the upcoming 2010 ARSL conference

I'm a big fan of the ARSL conference, so I was thrilled when I heard news of scholarships for librarians interested in attending the 2010 event in Denver this fall. There are three available scholarships, and to apply, you'll need to complete a form and write an essay explaining why you'd like to go.

Now, I'm not one to break rules or share cheat sheets, but I'll tell you three reasons why you should go to the ARSL conference:

empty pockets? go to an online conference!

Conferences are expensive to run and to attend, and those costs keep many of us at home, wishing we had the funds to travel away from our desks. But with new technologies cropping up daily, low-cost alternatives are surfacing that make learning from the experts a little easier on the pocketbook.

ARSL magic: ruminations on why I love this conference

I just returned from the wildly successful Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference held in Sacramento. I have much to share about why I loved it, why I'll keep coming back, and why, like Brenda, I'm shouting enthusiastically to everyone I know: "this is my new favorite conference!"

Go west to the ARSL conference!

Well, I'm certain many folks will be going west to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference--I'll be driving a bit eastward, but I love the pioneering spirit, the trailblazing moxie that "go west!" evokes.