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2021 ARSL Conference

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference

8/23/2021 Update: ARSL Board Votes to Require Proof of Vaccination

In the interest of ensuring the safety of our attendees and presenters, and based on the best available information from the CDC regarding large indoor gatherings, the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries has voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to attend the 2021 ARSL Conference in person. You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after your second shot if you receive(d) two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after you receive(d) a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

Attendees who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be denied admission to the conference. If you have been advised against receiving the COVID-19 vaccination by your doctor, you may provide documentation of that medical exemption on official clinic or hospital letterhead in lieu of a vaccination card. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination are invited to join us for the virtual conference experience. The ARSL office will be glad to assist you in changing your registration as needed; no administrative fees will be charged to registrants as a result of these changes.

We hope that this decision will help our attendees feel more secure attending our in-person event, and we look forward to reconnecting and growing with you this October.

Please direct any questions to the ARSL office at [email protected].


Registration Rates

Early Bird registration is open July 7 - Aug. 24! 

Save on conference by joining ARSL! With our lowest membership tier priced at only $15 annually, conference attendees who join ARSL when they register can save up to $60 off their registration cost even after paying their member dues.

Member Registration Rates    Nonmember Registration Rates    Advocate Registration Rates*
Early Bird: $275   Regular: $350   Early Bird: $350   Regular: $425   Early Bird: $225   Regular: $275

Registration rates for the in-person conference include five plated meals: Thursday breakfast & lunch, Friday breakfast & lunch, and Saturday brunch. Attendees with dietary restrictions will have the opportunity to indicate those on the registration form.

*Advocates include library Trustees, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers

If you are an exhibitor, sponsor, presenter, or guest of an attendee, you may purchase tickets to individual meals and events here.


Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops are back for our in-person attendees this year! These workshops are priced separately from general conference attendance and will take place on Wednesday, October 20. Check out the Program Descriptions page for full workshop details!

4-Hour Workshops (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) | ARSL Members: $65 | Nonmembers: $85

  • Tools For The Good Life
  • Backyard Explorers: Citizen Scientists in Training at the Library
  • Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians

3-Hour Workshops (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) | ARSL Members: $50 | Nonmembers: $70

  • The Post-Pandemic Library: What Will Be Different?
  • Measuring the Digital Divide
  • Effective Staff Development on Any Budget: Learn Something New Every Day
  • Misinformation Escape Room

Virtual Access

Can’t make it to Sparks this year for the full conference experience? You have the opportunity to register for virtual access! You can experience live streams of keynote events and featured sessions, watch a selection of on-demand virtual sessions, and network with both virtual and in-person attendees through the Whova conference app.

Member Virtual Registration: $50   Nonmember Virtual Registration: $75      Advocate Virtual Registration: $25