Conferences & Events

2021 ARSL Conference Page

Each year the Association creates a unique conference for library staff and advocates from rural and small communities, designed with practicality and the understanding that professional development and networking are essential parts of your success. Topics include programming, fundraising, working with boards, keeping up with technology, and much more!

To increase access to our in-person events for all members the annual conference location cycles through the four ARSL Regions within the US on a four-year rotation: West, South, Midwest, and Northeast. ARSL Regions are based on US Census regions.


Conference Locations

Upcoming conference location:

  • 2022: Chattanooga, TN, September 14-17, 2022

Previous conferences have been held in:

  • 2021: Sparks, NV
  • 2020: Online (originally planned for Wichita, KS)
  • 2019: Burlington, VT
  • 2018: Springfield, IL
  • 2017: St. George, UT
  • 2016: Fargo, ND
  • 2015: Little Rock, AR
  • 2014: Tacoma, WA
  • 2013: Omaha, NE
  • 2012: Raleigh, NC
  • 2011: Frisco, TX
  • 2010: Denver, CO
  • 2009: Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2008: Sacramento, CA

Continuing Education Units

Because each state sets its own requirements for Continuing Education Certification, we are unable to offer credit or certificates. We recommend you visit your state library’s website for information on obtaining credit for national conferences. We also strongly suggest that you keep a copy of your registration receipt, conference program, and a list of sessions you attend as proof of your attendance.