Report from the ARSL 2011 Conference

ARSL Logoby Carolyn Davidson Brewer, Richland Hills Public Library Director

I recently attended my first ARSL conference (Association for Rural and Small Libraries).  I had been interested in the past to attend this conference, but limited funds and time had not allowed my attendance.  Luckily for me, and other local library staff, this year the conference was held in Frisco. 

I must admit I was surprised at the low turn-out from Texas libraries, we were represented with fairly small numbers.  There were 350 total attendees, according to Steve Seale who was one of the conference coordinators.  One of my favorite offerings of this conference was meeting librarians from all over the United States who are working hard in small and rural libraries – and working very successfully.  The exchange of expertise and ideas was steady every day.   It is amazing how many services are provided by libraries across our nation, with such tough budgets and staffing levels. 

Creating Effective Leaders

by Carolyn Davidson
Assistant Director
North Texas Regional Library System

Exactly what is a good leader, or even a leader for that matter? In The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, leadership is defined as "a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent."

How to Be a Great Boss!

by Dr. Arlita Harris
Lifelong Education @ Desktop ( L E @ D )

All supervisors want to be great bosses….and all employees want to have a great boss. Unfortunately, many of us, as supervisors and library leaders, get so involved in our own work schedule and responsibilities that we don’t have the time we would like to devote to staff development.