Patrick Bodily, the Library Director of the Richfield Public Library in Richfield Utah, attended the ARSL Conference in September 2012, through a grant sponsored by the Utah State Library. Here are his thoughts on the conference.
“I was one of the lucky few who were able to go to the annual conference for the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) in Raleigh, North Carolina, thanks to a grant funded by the Utah State Library. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my time as Library Director, and I would recommend to anyone that can that they make it to the ARSL conference next year. At the conference, you are surrounded by other people with a passion for libraries and want to make our services better and patrons happier. It is a great reminder that the problems and challenges that we face here in Utah are also being faced across the country.
‘One of the sessions I got the most out of was entitled “De-Clutter Your Collection: Tips for Weeding Library Collections.” The presentation covered reasons why we weed, as well as excuses that we make for not weeding. In the Richfield Public Library, where I work, space is an issue. This presentation helped me to make sure that I wasn’t just weeding for space; I was weeding items from the collection that were no longer useful to the patrons that I serve. Again, I would like to give a big thank you to the Utah State Library for making attendance of ARSL possible.”