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.

This Month's TRAIN

March TRAIN - Community Asset Mapping for Rural and/or Small Libraries
Thursday, March 21, 2024
11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitated by: Samantha Bouwers, Consultant for Continuing Education, State Library of Iowa
$15 for ARSL Members & $25 for non-ARSL Members

Even the smallest of towns or most rural areas have great things going for them, if you know where to look! In this workshop, you’ll learn the benefits of community asset mapping, the advantages of starting from a place of strength with planning, and how to complete a community asset map of your own.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define “community asset”
  • Identify the advantages of asset-based planning
  • Develop a community asset map for your library service area
Register Here

Upcoming TRAINs

April TRAIN: Community Mapping Roundtable
Thursday, April 18, 2024
11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET

May TRAIN: Small & Rural Business Support and Resources for Entrepreneurs

May TRAIN: Grant Funding

June TRAIN: Food Security


Previous ARSL TRAINs

February TRAIN - Managing Worry & Stress in the Library Workplace: Don’t Let the Stress Monkeys Drive the Bus!
Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitated by: Tiffany Hayes, Education Design and Development Manager, South Carolina State Library

January TRAIN - Collaborating with Immigrant Communities: A Case Study
Friday, January 19, 2024, 11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitated by: Montserrat Stock, Latino community member; Dana Mannino, Programming Librarian, Spokane County Library District; and Cheryl Zobel, Collection Development Librarian, SCLD

November TRAIN: 13 Months of Advocacy
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitated by Amy Stone, Library Director, Bridgton Public Library & ARSL Advocacy Committee

Fall 2023 Roundtable: Multilingual Services & Collections
Thursday, October 26, 2023, 11:00 am PT /12:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Facilitated by Joy Worland, State Library Consultant for Continuing Education and Small and Rural Libraries, Vermont Department of Libraries, and ARSL CE Committee Co-Chair

Working with Volunteers Roundtable
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 1:00-2:00 pm CT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Annice Sevett, Assistant Library Director at Albert Lea Public Library & Joy Worland, Library Consultant, Continuing Education and Small & Rural Libraries at Vermont Department of Libraries

Teen Programming & Services Roundtable: Part 2
Thursday, March 2, 2023, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 1:00-2:00 pm CT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Presenter: Allie Stevens Gosselink, Director, Calhoun County Library & Museum

Writing the Future: Creative Writing for Kids in Small & Rural Libraries
January 30, 2023, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Rowana Miller, Executive Director, Cosmic Writers; Echo Phillips, Children's Librarian, Free Library of Philadelphia

Unpacking the Censor's Toolbox
December 13, 2022, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PT / 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Presenter: John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary

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 11chat 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