Rural Library Sustainability Program
Thousands of library staff attended workshops delivered in 42 states as a part of the Rural Library Sustainability Project. If you're a participant wanting to revisit a module of the workshop or a trainer wanting to replicate the workshop, you will find all of the materials here. The Documents tab above will provide you with marketing materials on the workshop, as well as the Rural Library Sustainability Continuum. Many folks have used the Continuum as a stand-alone tool to document progress on sustainability efforts.
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Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013
The Trainer Institute - Trainer Notebook for the Rural Library Sustainability Project Workshop
News / Last Modified: 25 March 2013
With travel costs high and libraries busier than ever, library staff are using online technologies to connect and learn. Over 300 librarians attended the Februrary 28, 2013, free one-day online conference, Big Talk From Small Libraries, aimed at librarians from small libraries, and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission. [CC photo by shannonpatrick17 on Flickr]
News / Last Modified: 08 January 2013
I have a theory that there is a little bit of magic involved in public library community outreach programs. I don’t believe that the magic is a component of making a good community outreach program. Rather, I believe the magic comes after. It is what happens when our community engages with our program, our staff, and our library. We spend weeks and often months planning and preparing, writing vision statements and proposed impact statements. But we are rarely prepared for true impact we make on individual lives. Those moments—albeit made by hard work and commitment—create magical moments for our communities. If you watch our recent webinar, Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results presented by Barbara Blake, Outreach Coordinator for the PEARL Project, and Louise W. Greene, Association for Rural and Small Libraries Board Member and PEARL Mentor, you might begin to believe in my theory, too.
Webinar / Last Modified: 20 December 2012
A webinar with the PEARL Project, designed to enhance the role of the public library in rural areas through community partnerships and outreach plans.
Document / Last Modified: 25 March 2012
Round 3: The Entire Curriculum for the Rural Library Sustainability Project Workshop