Rural and Small Libraries Committee





Doing it All: “Small.” Blog post by Nina Lindsay. October 11, 2017. Nina Lindsay, President of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recounts her experience attending the ARSL conference in St. George, Utah, this past September. Her post is a recognition, celebration, and encouragement for librarians in rural and small communities.

“… my visit to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference in St. George UT in September made it clear how myopic it is exclude rural perspectives “by default” from professional conversations.”


2017 ARSL Conference Presentations

Analysis of Human Needs Index Shows Unmet Need in Rural America. Report by The Salvation Army and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), released September 28, 2017. The Human Needs Index (HNI) shows that states with greater remoteness have higher levels of need than government measures suggest. This report is based on the Salvation Army’s tracking of basic assistance for things like food, clothing, housing, furniture, medical services, and utilities. Potential explanations for this discrepancy include less rural access to government services, a potential preference for local and church-based assistance over government assistance, and persistent unemployment leading rural people to stop looking for jobs, driving down the state’s official unemployment rate.


Utah Human Needs Index, 2017.


The mission of the Rural and Small Libraries Committee of the Utah Library Association is to promote and facilitate the development of rural and small libraries through communication, collaboration and training opportunities.

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