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 http://bit.ly/1lKwW7L 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).

All Welcome! Library Staff Meet-Up at No-Li Brewery

As summer turns to fall, let’s get out of our libraries and rub elbows with other library folks. Come say “hello,” share ideas, drink, swap stories, and support each other.

Please join us at

No-Li Brewery, 1003 Trent
Tuesday, October 22 from 5-7pm
and bring a friend!

We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP Sonia at sgustafson@scld.org or 893-8416

Feel free to post this flyer in your libraries.

2014 WLA Conference: Request for Proposals

Please share this with your library-related networks and advocate organizations, and with any colleagues who may not be WLA members.

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 Washington Library Association Conference, April 30- May 2 at the Wenatchee Convention Center & Coast Hotel. WLA’s Annual Conference is THE place to highlight innovative programs, emerging issues, and exciting advances in libraries. This is YOUR conference — share your skills and experiences through leading a conference session or a preconference workshop.

Proposals are due no later than Friday, September 27, and the selection committee will notify applicants of the status of proposals by November 1.

To submit a Preconference Workshop (3-7hrs long), please use this form.
To submit a Conference Session (75 minutes long), please use this form.

All Preconference Workshops will be held April 30. All Conference Sessions will be held May 1-2. If you have questions regarding the proposal process, please contact the program team below.

We look forward to hearing from YOU!

–2014 Conference Program Chair, Cadi Russell-Sauvé
–WLA Conference Program Coordinator, Kate Laughlin

Library Staff Meet-Up at No-Li Brewery!

With our beautiful summer in full swing, we’d like to invite you to an East-side Summer Social!

Let’s get out of our libraries and meet-up with other library folks working in and around the Spokane area. Let’s strengthen and unite our Eastern Washington network. Come say “hello,” share ideas, drink, and show our east-side pride!

Please join us at
No-Li Brewery
1003 Trent
Tuesday, July 23
from 5-7pm and bring a friend!

All library staff are invited. We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP Sonia at sgustafson@scld.org or 893-8416