Catch the ARSL TRAIN!

Introducing 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.

3/18/2021 - Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in Small & Rural Libraries
11:00 am-12:30 pm PT/1:00-2:30 pm CT
Understanding how trauma impacts the lives of people can help library staff better serve everyone, even our most vulnerable patrons. Being trauma-informed and using a trauma-informed approach can assist libraries in being proactive and create safe spaces for everyone in our community. This webinar will discuss the definition of trauma, different forms of trauma, and the effects of trauma. Participants will be able to explain the importance of understanding trauma in the library setting and identify ways to respond using a trauma informed approach.

Presented by Tiffany Russell, LMSW, Social Services Manager, Niles District Library (MI)

Register now!

4/8/2021 - Helping Patrons to Improve Their Financial Decision Making and Outcomes
This TRAIN will provide detailed information on free financial literacy resources provided by the federal government and available in your community. A panel of librarians will present on how they are implementing financial literacy programming in their libraries through the utilization of free resources and key partnerships. Presented by Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Gigi Wolfe, Lead Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Carla Tillmon. Community Affairs Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Registration will open in late March.

5/20/2021 - Roundtable: Topic TBD

6/17/2021 - From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking
We are hearing more about compassion fatigue and librarian burnout. The common prescription is to turn inward with self-care practices, but going-it-alone may increase feelings of isolation. 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 this kind of gnarly problem. 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

Speed "Dating"
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)

Roundtable: Envisioning 2021
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