Report from the ARSL 2011 Conference

ARSL Logoby Carolyn Davidson Brewer, Richland Hills Public Library Director

I recently attended my first ARSL conference (Association for Rural and Small Libraries).  I had been interested in the past to attend this conference, but limited funds and time had not allowed my attendance.  Luckily for me, and other local library staff, this year the conference was held in Frisco. 

I must admit I was surprised at the low turn-out from Texas libraries, we were represented with fairly small numbers.  There were 350 total attendees, according to Steve Seale who was one of the conference coordinators.  One of my favorite offerings of this conference was meeting librarians from all over the United States who are working hard in small and rural libraries – and working very successfully.  The exchange of expertise and ideas was steady every day.   It is amazing how many services are provided by libraries across our nation, with such tough budgets and staffing levels.