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.

Upcoming TRAINs

The following TRAIN schedule is subject to change.

April 29 | 11:00 am-12:30 pm PT / 1:00-2:30 pm CT
Libraries and COVID-19: Information, Resources and Tools
More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries continue to adapt and respond while faced with the challenges of redesigning services to limit the spread of the virus. The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is providing libraries with science-based information to support local decision-making by conducting research and creating free resources for libraries to use. Presenters will share information about these REALM tools and what is on the horizon for the REALM project, as well the frontline staff perspective on creating and implementing library procedures and engaging library staff and the community during a pandemic. This webinar will be free for all.

Presenters: Jennie Garner, Library Director, North Liberty Library (Iowa) and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, OCLC

Register here!

Jennie Garner has worked at the North Liberty Library (IA) for 25 years in a variety of roles, the last six as library director. As a manager, it’s long been Jennie’s practice to involve all levels of staff in organizational planning and decision-making. She firmly believes that staff development and engagement–both in the library and in the community–are keys to a dynamic and successful library. As a person who finds energy in chaos, she used the constant changes and challenges of the last year to galvanize her team to review general library operations and refresh services to take the library beyond the pandemic.

Kendra Morgan is a senior program manager at OCLC, supporting the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project. She is particularly interested in the role libraries and museums play in supporting healthy communities, and has managed a number of grant-funded programs that address those issues. Prior to joining OCLC in 2007, she worked on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries Program, and at The Library of Virginia.

 

May 20, 2021 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 1:00-2:00 pm CT
Program Palooza Roundtable
Are you ready for summer programs? Bring your best program ideas, tips, and stories to share with your colleagues! How are you handling summer reading? What have you learned from virtual programming over the past year? As libraries start to reopen, how do you plan to put on in-person events safely? We want to hear about your most successful programs—and the disasters that at least made a great story. Leave this roundtable with new program ideas for children, teens, and adults, as well as new connections in your ARSL community. Registration will open in early May. This TRAIN is free for all ARSL members. Non-members can join ARSL in the registration form.

June 17, 2021
From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking
After a year of upheaval from the COVID pandemic, compassion fatigue and librarian burnout are more prevalent than ever. It is a valuable prescription to turn inward with self-care practices, but going-it-alone may only increase feelings of isolation during shutdowns and safe-distancing. What if you could tap into your larger community to bolster your own well-being while increasing social cohesion for all? Design thinking strategies are tailor-made for tackling the kind of gnarly problem that the pandemic has forced on all of us. In this workshop, we will uncover community needs, explore the intersection with our own needs, generate lots of potential ideas, and prototype some solutions. It’s a stimulating and fun process that could have a big impact on your rural community. Presented by Brenda Hough, Instructional Designer, Infopeople/Califa; Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager, OCLC. Registration will open in early June.


Previous ARSL TRAINs

Helping Patrons to Improve Their Financial Decision Making and Outcomes (Webinar)
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 (Webinar)
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 (Webinar)
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