• The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library. This publication provides tips and tools you can use from the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, the American Indian Library Association, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
  • Community Development Toolbox. Source: State of Utah Rural Planning Group, Housing and Community Development, Department of Workforce Services.
  • How to Make Space for Active Learning in Your Library. WebJunction ♦ Archived Webinar & ClassSmall Libraries Create Smart Spaces! Are you ready to imagine the possibilities that can come with an active learning space in your library? We’re excited to share the transformative outcomes of the fifteen small and rural libraries that participated in our Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, and to announce the new free, online course available to anyone interested in creating smart library spaces.


  • Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards. Association for Rural and Small Libraries and State Library of Iowa, Northwest District. Archived webinar presented on May 24, 2018. Bonnie McKewon presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.
  • 2017 ARSL Conference Presentations
  • Engaged Planning for Rural Libraries. Utah State Library Division. Archived webinar presented on June 13, 2017. Cindy Fesemyer will walk you through the steps you might take as you begin planning for your rural library and the community it serves. Starting with a brief peek at data collection options, the webinar will focus on what it means for your library to “turn outward” and secure its place at the heart of your community.
  • WebJunction courses and webinars for small and rural libraries.
  • Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community, WebJunction. Archived webinar presented on December 1, 2016, in collaboration with ARSL outlining the steps of an engaged planning process, to align library capabilities with community needs and aspirations.
  • Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the New Rural Library Director. On paper, the job description for a library director may not cover some of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with serving a small or rural community. Juggling the nuances of a new position can be overwhelming, but equipped with a tool belt of everyday skills ranging from assessment to communication and outreach to time-management, you can move through this role with confidence. This webinar is useful for anyone interested in strengthening their role in the library, even if they are not the library director. Learn from a successful new director, 10 fresh tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library. Presented 08-10-2016. WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
  • Marketing and Branding. Do your valuable resources and services go unseen? Learn about marketing and branding tips for asserting your value within your community. Handouts here. Presented 06-08-2016. University of North Texas PEARL Project.
  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. Do you interact with a diversity of cultures within your library? Whether you’re working with stakeholders across the community or interacting with patrons from various walks of life, culture matters. Learn how to function effectively across various cultural contexts. Presented 07-13-2016. University of North Texas PEARL Project.
  • Intellectual Property. Do you understand the critical role libraries play in balancing copyright law? Learn about why librarians should care about intellectual property law and policy, and how it impacts your library. Presented 08-03-2016. University of North Texas PEARL Project.
  • Communication. Do you strive to be a better communicator? Learn about the importance and problems with communication in the library, and tips to help with effective communication. Presented 08-24-2016. University of North Texas PEARL Project.