Event: Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference — Springfield, IL — September 13-15, 2018
Attendee: Ingvild Herfindahl – Director, Dodge Center Public Library
How does attending this event relate to your current role in your library?
This is a great conference because it is geared to small libraries with small budgets. The sessions cover everything from managing staff to program planning to collections. Since small library directors have to cover all those things (and more), this is a very useful conference.
What was your favorite session you attended and why?
I enjoyed the Library of Things session, because it expanded the idea of what a library is and what items can be lent out of your collection.
What was your biggest takeaway from the event as a whole?
ARSL is a wonderful resource and a great way to network and get ideas from libraries all over the country who are in a similar situation.
What’s one (1) idea that you gained from the event that you plan to implement now that you’re back?
A session I went to talked about removing barriers to access, including fines. I would like to look at scaling back or removing fines on late items at our library.
Would you recommend this event to others and why?
Definitely. More than any other library conference, the ideas that you gain from ARSL are immediately applicable in your library. The librarians there are helpful, resourceful, and more than willing to share ideas that have worked for them.