Mission, Vision & Values

ARSL Mission

ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

ARSL Vision

As the premier organization representing rural and small libraries, ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency.

ARSL Values

Accessibility:  Providing equitable services, events, and information that are inclusive of all and reflect the diversity of our community.

Responsive Service: Acting with initiative, creativity, and flexibility, and utilizing technology to provide high quality service that is timely and relevant to member needs.

Intellectual Freedom:  Dedicated to defending free and unhindered access to information and supporting library users’ right to privacy.

Professionalism:  Supporting the development of skilled practitioners at every level of librarianship and promoting professional respect in an environment where all feel welcome.

Collaboration:  Partnering with other agencies and organizations to advance shared goals.

Accountability:  Effective and efficient stewardship of member resources, promoting transparent communication and ethical conduct on the part of organizational leadership.

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