Catch the ARSL TRAIN!

Join us for ARSL’s TRAIN (Training, Roundtables, and Informational Networking) series! Once a month, tune in for an online workshop, roundtable, or networking event.

TRAIN webinars and workshops are priced accessibly and available to both ARSL members and non-members. Roundtables and networking events are free and limited to members of ARSL. If you're interested in attending a roundtable or getting member pricing for a training, consider joining ARSL! All registrants receive access to the TRAIN recording.

TRAIN programming is planned by ARSL's Continuing Education Committee.

Upcoming TRAINs

The following TRAIN schedule is subject to change.

Unpacking the Censor's Toolbox
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
11:00 am-12:30 pm PT / 1:00-2:30 pm CT / 2:00-3:30 pm ET
FREE for ARSL members / $35 for nonmembers

Attempts to ban or censor materials come in many shapes and from several different directions. When they originate with concerned parents or community members, it is always important to engage in difficult conversations. But when they become politicized or performative, they may be driven by outside agendas and not legitimate local concerns. In this session, EveryLibrary's executive director John Chrastka will share ways to better understand the differences and be properly equipped to engage the issues, organizations, and political philosophies driving these divisions.

The session will be recorded and made available to all registrants. Nonmember attendees may choose to join/renew when they register to get the discount.

Register here!

Previous ARSL TRAINs

Teen Programming and Services Roundtable
November 10, 2022, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitator: Allie Stevens Gosselink, Director, Calhoun County Library & Museum

Equitable & Ethical Budgeting (Roundtable)
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Summer Reading Programming Ideas for Adults (Roundtable)
Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Budgeting Doesn't Have to Feel Like a Root Canal!
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Presenter: Gary Deziel, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Extension

Food Insecurity in Your Library (Roundtable)
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Creating a Building Book for Your Library: Part 2
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Presenter: Judy Calhoun, Regional Director, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

Tips and Tools for Patron Tech Help (Workshop)
Thurs, Dec 16, 2021, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Susanna Kahn, Tech Librarian, Charlotte Public Library (VT); Jessamyn West, Technologist, Activist, Educator & Writer

Just Do It, Now!  Draft a Disaster Plan for Your Library (Workshop Series)
Tues, Nov 9, 2021, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Tues, Nov 16, 2021, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Tues, Nov 30, 2021, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Tues, Dec 7, 2021, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Presenter: Rachel Onuf, Vermont Historical Records Program Director, Vermont State Archives & Records Administration

Demystifying Advocacy Roundtable (Roundtable)
Thurs, Sep 16, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitator: Meredith Wickham, Director, Southwest Public Libraries

Creating a Building Book for Your Library (Workshop)
Thurs, Aug 19, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 ET & Part Two: Thurs, Sep 2, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 ET
Presenter: Judy Calhoun, Regional Director, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

Speed Networking (Networking Event)
Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 1:00-2:00 pm CT

From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking (Workshop)
Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm PT / 1:00-3:00 pm CT
Presenters: Brenda Hough, Instructional Designer, Infopeople/Califa; Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager, OCLC.

Program Palooza Roundtable (Roundtable)
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 1:00-2:00 pm CT
Facilitator: Greta Bergquist, Librarian and Youth Services Consultant, State Library of Oregon

Helping Patrons to Improve Their Financial Decision Making and Outcomes (Workshop)
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 11:00 am-12:30 pm PT / 1:00-2:30 pm CT
Presenters: Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Emily Mross, RUSA Financial Literacy Interest Group Chair, Business Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library; Bobbie Grey, Supervisory Community Affairs Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Cassie Russell, Training and Technical Assistance Consultant, ICF

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in Small & Rural Libraries (Workshop)
Thursday, March 18, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PT/1:00-2:30 pm CT
Presenter: Tiffany Russell, LMSW, Social Services Manager, Niles District Library (MI)

Speed "Dating" (Networking Event)
Thursday, February 18, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT/1:00-2:00 pm CT
Facilitators: Phillip Carter, ARSL Board Regional Representative (South) & Director, Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System (MS); Bailee Hutchinson, ARSL Vice President/President-Elect & Branch Manager, Altus Public Library (OK)

Envisioning 2021 (Roundtable)
Thursday, January 21, 11 am-12 pm PT/1-2 pm CT
Facilitator: by Patrick Bodily, Director, Independence Public Library (OR)

Everyday Leadership: Tools & Techniques for Strategic Thinking (Workshop)
Thursday, December 10, 11 am-12 pm PT/1-2 pm CT
Presenter: Presented by Heidi Dolamore, Consultant at Califa

Self-Care (Roundtable)
Thursday, November 19, 11 am-12 pm PT/1-2 pm CT
Facilitators: Jennie Garner, Library Director, North Liberty Library and ARSL 2020 Board Secretary; Bailee Hutchinson, Branch Manager, Altus Public Library and ARSL 2020 Board Director


Previous COVID-19 Roundtables

Earlier this year, ARSL held a series of COVID-19 Roundtables. You can find recordings and chat logs of those roundtables below.

Recordings of Previous Round Tables

Equity in the Stacks: Libraries as Beacons of Anti-Racism | chat log
Facilitator: Kellee Forkenbrock, North Liberty Library, Public Services Librarian

ARSL COVID-19 Round Table: Self Care and Staff Health, June 11 | chat log
Thursday, June 11, 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern
Facilitators: Jennie Garner, Library Director, North Liberty Library and ARSL 2020 Board Secretary; Bailee Hutchinson, Branch Manager, Altus Public Library and ARSL 2020 Board Director

ARSL COVID-19 Round Table: Serving Patrons Without Access to Internet, May 28 | chat log
Facilitators: Clancy Pool, Branch Manager, St. John Branch, Whitman County Rural Library, Washington; C. L. Quillen, Spotswood Public Library, Library Director

ARSL COVID-19 Round Table: Reaching Young Patrons Through Virtual Storytime, May 21 | chat log
Facilitators: Sherry Scheline, Library Director, Donnelly Public Library District; Bailee Hutchinson, Branch Manager Altus Public Library, ARSL Board Director; Patrick Bodily, Public Library Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries

ARSL COVID-19 Round Table: Summer Reading Reboot, May 14 | chat log
Facilitator: Judy Calhoun, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, Regional Director

Thursday, May 7 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern | chat log
Facilitators: Becky Heil, Southeast District Consultant, State Library of Iowa; and Debbie Drachman, Library Director, Crosswicks Library in New Jersey.

Thursday, April 30 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern | chat log
Facilitators: Mary Soucie, State Librarian, North Dakota State Library; Meredith E. Wickham, Director, First Regional Library System

Thursday, April 23 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern  | chat log
Facilitators: Patrick Bodily, Public Library Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Erin Busbea, Director, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

Thursday, April 16 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern | chat log
Facilitators: Jennifer Pearson, Library Director, Marshall County Memorial Library and ARSL 2020 Board President; Lisa Shaw, Rural & Small Library/Workforce Development Specialist, Maine State Library and ARSL Advocacy Committee Chair

Thursday, April 9 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern | chat log
Facilitators: Jane Somerville, Library Director, Stanley Community Library and ARSL 2020 Board Director; Bailee Hutchinson, Branch Manager, Altus Public Library and ARSL 2020 Board Director

Thursday, April 2 at 11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern | chat log
Facilitators: Jennie Garner, Library Director, North Liberty Library and ARSL 2020 Board Secretary; Kathy Zappitello, Executive Director, Conneaut Public Library and ARSL 2020 Board Vice President/President Elect