Joyce Baker

Library Manager, Coolidge Public Library, Coolidge, Arizona
I have been a member of ARSL for eight years. Our library has benefitted from every single conference I have attended. Thanks to a library in WY, we expanded our Summer Learning Program to include our Adult Center, preschools, and our Parks and Rec Kids Kamp. We built a StoryWalk® thanks to a presentation by Noah Lenstra from Let’s Move in Libraries. We used presentations from several libraries to develop a tracking system that helps us make sure everything is prepared for our programs. We instituted the Project Outcome surveys for our programs thanks to another workshop from PLA. I could give you more than 20 examples like this but what it all comes down to is that I have met librarians who are managing libraries just like ours through conferences and the List-Serv. Thanks to ARSL, I know we aren’t alone. There are hundreds of other librarians happy to share their knowledge!

Jennie Garner

Library Director, North Liberty Library, North Liberty, Iowa 
The best part of this organization is the membership! The first year I went to the ARSL Conference in Raleigh, NC, I knew I’d met my tribe. Smart, creative librarians doing amazing work across the US. The networking alone makes conference worth attending and the top-notch sessions each year are icing on the cake. The librarians I met in Raleigh, and the growing circle each year since, have become some of my closest friends. I know I can rely on them throughout the year for their expertise when I have issues at my own library that I need to work through or need fresh ideas. The member listserv is always helpful and filled with professionals willing to provide information and advice. 


Amy Golly

Adult Services Librarian, North Liberty Library, North Liberty, Iowa
I’m relatively new to ARSL and have been happy to engage with the association and other members through the virtual round tables this spring and summer which have facilitated much needed discussion around timely topics such as equity, staff health and self-care, and service to patrons without internet access. I’ve gained valuable resources and inspiration to innovate services and programs from colleagues who encounter similar challenges which can be unique to small and rural libraries. I look forward to virtually attending my first ARSL Conference this year and I hope this provides more opportunities for connection with colleagues and information sharing.