For immediate release | August 2, 2011

ARSL Conference to focus on positive growth of America’s rural and small libraries

CHICAGO – Join library staff, trustees and volunteers from small and rural libraries across the country as they gather for the 2011 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference in Frisco, Texas. The conference will be held from Sept. 8- 11 at the Dallas-Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

The conference will feature sessions geared to all levels of library service in small and rural communities, including adult, teen and children's programming, trustee and board development, community partnerships, technology issues and much more.

Featured presenters will include Linda Braun, nationally-known library technology consultant and past YALSA president; Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, creators of the “Unshelved” comic strip; and Joe Bob Briggs, TV personality, film critic, author and champion of intellectual freedom.

Free events and activities at the conference include the pre-conference mixer, instructor-led yoga sessions in the morning, Birds-of-a-Feather discussion groups and the closing luncheon. Attendees new to the conference can be matched up with more experienced conference goers to get the most out of their ARSL conference experience.

For more information about the conference, and to register, please visit

An affiliate of the American Library Association, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries. ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.


John Amundsen