Conferences & Events

2020 ARSL Conference Page

Each year the Association creates a unique conference for library staff from rural and small communities designed with both practicality and the understanding that professional development and networking are essential parts of your success.

Topics range from programming for children to fund-raising, working with boards, keeping up with technology and more.


Conference Locations

Upcoming conference sites:

  • 2020: Wichita, Kansas, September 30 – October 3, 2020

If you are interested in having ARSL in your state, please contact [email protected]

Previous conferences have been held in:

  • 2019: Burlington, Vermont
  • 2018: Springfield, Illinois
  • 2017: St. George, Utah
  • 2016: Fargo, North Dakota
  • 2015: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2014: Tacoma, Washington
  • 2013: Omaha, NE
  • 2012: Raleigh, NC
  • 2011: Frisco, TX
  • 2010: Denver, CO
  • 2009: Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2008: Sacramento, CA

Media Passes

Requests for complimentary media passes will be considered only from professional journalists that are currently working for a national trade magazine/journal that specializes in libraries.  Due to a limited number of media passes, please note, the passes are non-transferable and not guaranteed.

Tape recording is not allowed during the event, please plan accordingly.

Recipients of media passes are not allowed to conduct sales, advertising, or other promotion including sharing of literature during the event.

Approved media badge holders will be allowed entry to the following:

  • Break-out sessions
  • Refreshment breaks and meals
  • General sessions
  • Exhibits area

Please complete all requests for media passes as soon as possible in order to process the requests.

Requests should be made using our online form 


Continuing Education Units

Because each state sets its own requirements for Continuing Education Certification, we are unable to offer credit or certificates. We recommend you visit your state library’s website for information on obtaining credit for national conferences. We also strongly suggest that you keep a copy of your registration receipt, conference program, and a list of sessions you attend as proof of your attendance.