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Get out there with the help of your Friends

There's a lot of talk about the value in leaving the library building. Not for patrons, mind you, but for staff. I'm often reminded of a marvelous tip I learned from Gail Santy, a presenter at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference last year (handouts from her presentation).

ARSL 2013 Follow-up: Free Tech Tools and More!

I was sad to miss the recent Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference in Omaha, Nebraska. ARSL is one of my favorite library conferences to attend. I am, however, really enjoying exploring the conference resources as they are shared.

HATCHing fun and learning in young minds

During a visit to La Veta Public Library in southern Colorado last year, I noticed a colorful keyboard and big monitor sitting in the children’s area.  When Director Sandra Hackbarth told me about her great experiences with the HATCH iStartSmart touchscreen early childhood learning system, I was ready to go back to my library and buy one.

The Edge Initiative from a Small and Rural Library Perspective

Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from Edge Initiative pilot libraries located in small/rural communities!

Edge Pilot Library Case Study: Miami, OK

In a conversation with Marcia Johnson, Library Director of the Miami (OK) Public Library, we learn about the library, the town, and their experiences with the Edge Initiative.

Starke County Public Library System: your window to the world

Describe what your library means to its community.

We are a "third place," some place other than work and home, where people can relax, get information and entertainment, use computers, and feel welcomed and cared about.

The Edge Initiative and Small and Rural Libraries

Small and rural libraries comprise the dark matter of the American civic universe. Within the space beyond the bright lights of urbanity, they underpin the cultural energy of communities.

Small Libraries on the Edge

If you’ve been following this blog, you have an idea of the scope of the Edge Initiative.  It’s a big project, with a lot of to-do items:

No Fear! at ARSL 2011

While at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference last weekend, I saw a lot of speakers who provided just as many great resources. Many of these resources were geared towards helping librarians assist their patrons with computers and technology.

"We are friendly and flexible. And we listen."

As I prepare to head to Frisco, TX for the 2011 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference, I thought I'd share what a few librarians have to say about what it means to lead a rural community's library. Enjoy.

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