ARSL Call for Proposals for annual conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) is pleased to announce that proposals for break-out session presentations as well as pre-conferences for the 2014 Conference to be held in Tacoma, Washington, September 3-6, 2014 are now being accepted.

Proposals for these 1-hour sessions can be submitted using our online form found at the link below. We are also accepting applications for 4-hour pre-conference sessions (scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd), as well. Click here to access online form, or type into your browser.

The deadline to submit the form is February 3, 2014. All those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by March 10, 2014.
Our theme for this year’s conference is entitled “Empowering Small Libraries.” Proposals we would like to see should include the following:

  • Customer Service
  • Social Media
  • Digital literacy:  teaching methods for public and staff
  • Fund Raising
  • Working with Trustees
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Managing Staff
  • Cultural competencies: increasing your cultural awareness when working with
  • Children’s programming:  Preschool, Youth, Teen
  • Looking over the horizon:  What new trends are coming of which libraries should be aware

We remind presenters that presentations need to be geared toward the small and rural library audience.  Practical, hands-on, and how-to formats are preferred. This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products and such proposals will not be considered.

All proposals will be reviewed and chosen by the Conference Programming Committee. Awarded presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per presentation selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one presentation will receive one complimentary registration).

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