Scholarship Report: Tara Johnson – Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference 2019

Event: Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference — Burlington, VT – September 5-7, 2019

Attendee: Tara Johnson – Director, Lanesboro Public Library

How does attending this event relate to your current role in your library?
The ARSL mission statement promises: “The Association for Rural & Small Libraries provides resources and support that empower those in small and rural libraries to deliver excellent service for their communities.” Every session that I attended helped me to aspire to “do more better.”

What was your favorite session you attended and why?
“The E’s of Libraries demonstrating your library’s value.” The E’s are Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement for Everyone, Everywhere! This session helped me create a story to share when I advocate for libraries. Remember, you are always the ambassador for your library even when you are off duty!

What was your biggest takeaway from the event as a whole?
Libraries are an Essential Service!

What is one idea that you gained from the event that you plan to implement now that you’re back?
“Let’s GLOW!” a glow-in-the-dark story time. This will be fun with the preschool group and switched up for “tweens” and teens.

Would you recommend this event to others and why?
Absolutely, library directors and library staff need encouragement and inspiration to meet the challenges and the changing needs of their jobs. The ARSL conference offers great sessions with new apps, ideas and tools, plus time with colleagues who remind us that we are not alone and that we can do this!