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ARSL Scholarship

The Washington State Library (WSL), with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is providing two full scholarships to attend the 2016 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference from October 27-29, 2016 in Fargo, North Dakota.

The ARSL conference is specifically for rural library staff. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy; effective trustee recruitment; inexpensive programming ideas; innovative web services with few resources; virtual networking; and many more.

Scholarships will include transportation, all conference fees, and lodging. WSL will reimburse other allowable costs at the state per diem rate. Preference will be given to applicants who have not won this scholarship before.


  • Applicants must be from a public or tribal library or library branch serving a population of 10,000 or fewer in Washington State.
  • Scholarship awardees must commit to a doing follow-up project.


To apply, please complete the ARSL Scholarship Application Microsoft Word Viewer - Click to Download. The deadline for applications, both the paper copy and the digital copy is July 1, 2016. Paper copies may be hand-delivered or postmarked by July 1, 2016.

Please mail the paper copy to:

ARSL Scholarship grants
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460


Once WSL announces the awards, the following process begins:

  1. All attendees “meet” virtually. We exchange contact information and arrange future meetings.
  2. We’ll meet formally at the conference (probably on 10/28/16) where everyone can share conference experiences that have given them new ideas which can be implemented in their libraries. We’ll record these ideas for discussion at a follow up webinar a month after the ARSL conference.
  3. At this follow-up webinar, we’ll discuss how you’re putting your idea into practice at your library.
  4. Six months later, we’ll meet again and discuss what has happened.
  5. Each scholarship awardee commits to share their project with Washington’s library community. Options include a visual report that WSL can share or presenting a First Tuesday online webinar.
  6. Each awardee also writes a 1-2 page project report and sends it into the WSL grants manager.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).