September 26th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Creating Video Booktalks from Michael Sauers

Presented at the ARSL 2013 conference in Omaha, NE on 25 September 2013.

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June 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

arsl_logoContinuing Education and Training Grant to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, September 25-28, 2013 in Omaha

Nebraska public librarians have a terrific opportunity to attend a national professional conference this fall–right in their own backyard!

Because we think this is such a great opportunity, the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) will be targeting all of the funds available this year for Continuing Education and Training Grants toward grants to Nebraska public library staffers to attend the ARSL Conference. We hope to send about 35 to 40 Nebraska librarians to the Conference.

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May 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


Scholarship applications for the 2013 conference, to be held in Omaha, NE on September 26-28, are being taken now, until June 15, 2013 at 5:00 Central Time. Apply Now >>

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries currently offers three annual conference scholarships to promote the organization and the conference. They are the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, the Founders Scholarship and the Ken Davenport Scholarship.

The Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship will go to a current LIS student. It includes conference registration, hotel, $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL.

The Founders Scholarship and the Ken Davenport scholarship will go to a current library professional. They include conference registration, hotel, a $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL. The definition of a “Library Professional” is a library staff member working in a small and/or rural library. A degree or certification is not required.

Candidates do not need to be members of ARSL; however membership is encouraged.

The committee asks candidates for any scholarship to provide a briefly worded essay -”Why I Want To Go!” and a completed application form.

The winners should have not attended the ARSL conference before and will be required to write a short blog entry on the ARSL website to share their conference experience. Winners will also be invited to serve on the ARSL Scholarship Committee the following year.

The Conference Scholarship Committee selects winners based on a demonstration of need, demonstration of not only a desire to serve the small and rural community but an already established pattern of working within the community, willingness to network, share and aid in developing new networks to aid small and/or rural libraries and a willingness to share what they learn at the conference with those in their networking areas.

A special thank you to our ARSL Premier Members who have helped make these scholarships possible through a $10 contribution as part of their membership.

See also information on 2012 State Library Agency provided scholarships

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April 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Registration is now open for the 2013 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference being held in Omaha, NE, September 25-28. My colleague Laura Johnson and I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on creating video booktalks for libraries, so I encourage you to spend the extra $35 and join us for what should be a very fun session.


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