Rural Library Sustainability Program

staff training

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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Belgrade Community Library: Small and Unstoppable

 News / Last Modified: 05 October 2015

When the Library Journal Best Small Library challenge rolled around, the Belgrade Community Library (BCL) outside of Bozeman, Montana, almost didn’t apply because "we thought we were too small." Their small staff and small budget doesn’t st...

Best Small Library in America: Chelsea District Library

 Document / Last Modified: 14 July 2015

How did the Chelsea District Library win the Best Small Library Award from Library Journal? One aspect was definitely their innovative programming. Hear how they plan and deliver innovative library services to one of today's fastest growing demo...

Best Small Library in America 2012

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 July 2015

A webinar with the Independence Public Library, 2012 Best Small Library in America, showcasing innovative programming, marketing, advocacy and management strategies.

Best Small Library in America 2010

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 July 2015

Archive and associated resources for the January 18, 2011, webinar with Anne M. Hughes and Rebecca Miller presenting Glen Carbon Centennial Library, the 2010 winner of the Best Small Library in America Award.

Best Small Library in America 2009

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 July 2015

Archive and related resources from October 7, 2009 webinar with Nancy Rosenwald, Director of Union County Carnegie Library, Best Small Library 2009, and Rebecca Miller of Library Journal.