ARSL Scholarship

We invite you to apply to attend the 2015 conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) held in Little Rock, Arkansas. Preconferences begin on September 30 with the full conference running October 1-3, 2015. The Washington State Library, with funding from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) is providing full scholarships for this event.

The ARSL conference is specifically targeted 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 meals provided during the conference, and lodging. Thursday and Friday evening meals will be cover at state per diem rate.

Requirements for conference attendance eligibility

  • Must work at a small and rural library or library branch (serving 10,000 or fewer) in Washington State.
  • Preference will be given to first time applicants who have not attended an ARSL conference.
  • Must commit to a follow-up project resulting from attendance at the conference.
  • Demonstrate willingness to share knowledge gained with fellow library/district staffers.
  • Show how conference attendance will help meet library's goals related to the LSTA priorities.
  • Signed permission from person in your organization who must approve your conference attendance.

To apply

To apply, please complete the ARSL Scholarship Application Adobe Reader - Click to Download. The deadline for applications, hand delivered or postmarked by July 14, 2015. Requests may be mailed to:

Carolyn Petersen
Library Development
Washington State Library
P.O. Box 42460
Olympia, WA, 98504-2460


Once the scholarships are awarded the following process begins.

  1. All attendees “meet” via a webinar and agree what time to meet during the conference. Usually cell phone numbers are exchanged and attendees begin networking before and during the conference.
  2. At the formal meeting (Usually a dinner meeting on Friday night) each attendee shares what program has given them new ideas. The ideas are recorded and a time is chosen for a follow up webinar a month after the ARSL conference.
  3. One month later everyone attends the follow-up webinar to discuss how the implementation of their idea is going. Advice is offered from peer to peer.
  4. Six months after that date, the group is convened again and the group discusses what has happened.
  5. The group members are asked them to write up their project and send it into the project manager for the LSTA annual report.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).