Rural Library E-Summit

Registration is free for all attendees. Once registered, attendees will be notified when sessions are available to add to their schedules.

Schedule at a Glance

All Plenary and Breakout Sessions will take place between Noon-5:30 p.m.
December 7th 1:30pm – 2:30pmEnsuring Early School Success: What Mobilized Communities & Libraries Can DoJoin us for a panel conversation about the powerful role that libraries are playing in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) across the country.Jenny Atkins, Patti Fuchs, Heather Gray, Ken Livingston and Elizabeth Yusko
A Parent Nation, Partnering with Families to Support Children's Learning Learn how librarians can use the Parent Nation model to support children’s learning.Rochelle Garrett & Kendra Smiley
Rural Libraries as AnchorsThis presentation will explore how rural libraries can lead in bridging the digital divide through sustainable, place-based solutions.Melissa Newman, Rhea Carter and Conner Thomas
Seeking Funding through Grants and Other Sources Part 1The first portion of the section will review pointers for applicants, and will go into detail about current programs from NEH, as well as examples from state-level funders of interest.Dr. Jesse Johnston
Libraries for Health: Expanding Mental Health Services to Texans through LibrariesThis panel will discuss a new initiative developed in partnership between St. David's Foundation and the RAND Corporation to expand mental health services in Central Texas.Jesse Simmons and Abena Asante
December 7th 2:40pm – 3:40pmPlayful Libraries Support Playful LearningWhat is playful learning? Why is it important to our communities? Find out how we can create opportunities in our existing library spaces for play and learning. Heather McCue
IMLS Rural Library Fellowship - Increasing 3rd Grade Reading Scores One Library at a Time?In this session you will learn each presenter's unique approach and their journey through the process of implementing their plans using the 6 principles of the Rural Library Anchor Framework.Wendy Johnston, Justin Barkley, Lesley Peck and Allie Steven
Seeking Funding through Grants and Other Sources Part 2The second hour will be more interactive and discuss writing tips, while also allowing time for questions and discussion.Dr. Jesse Johnston
December 8th 1:30pm – 2:30pmFrom Advocacy to ActivismThis session will explore strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to effect change and build power. John Chrastka
IMLS Rural Library Fellowship - Increasing 3rd Grade Reading Scores One Library at a Time. In this session you will learn each presenter's unique approach and their journey through the process of implementing their plans using the 6 principles of the Rural Library Anchor Framework.Wendy Johnston and Rural Library Fellows
More than books – how rural development can partner with libraries to transform communitiesRural Development can be a strong partner and provide resources and technical assistance to libraries as they explore opportunities to meet new and growing needs to transform their communities.Chad Parker
Let's Talk About TeensDo you have trouble getting teens back into your library after COVID? Want to know how to start a Teen Advisory Board? Then this is the session for you!Stacy Lane
Drafting a Diversity Plan for Your LibraryWe will cover why your library should have a diversity plan and how you can take steps to draft one.Julie Edwards
December 8th 2:40pm – 3:40pmBuilding the Library CoalitionThis session will help you understand how local elected officials can be activated for your success along with ways to identify the organizations, agencies, and stakeholder groups you need to become aligned with. John Chrastka
IMLS Rural Library Fellowship - Increasing 3rd Grade Reading Scores One Library at a Time. In this session you will learn each presenter's unique approach and their journey through the process of implementing their plans using the 6 principles of the Rural Library Anchor Framework.Wendy Johnston, Melanie Toledo, Calla Jarvie and Jennifer Costley
Creative Collaboration in Public and School LibrariesThis session will explore creative collaborations to provide your community with exceptional library service within the restrictions and limits we all experience.Cindy Delanty
Closing Plenary
December 8th 3:50pm - 4:50pmUnderstanding Modern Cherokee Identity Through LiteratureThere will be a drawing for one grand prize winner for those who attend this sessionAnnette Clapsaddle

Mark Dec. 7-8, 2022 on your calendars to join library practitioners across rural America to celebrate their role in building strong communities. The Library Summit is a prominent event for practitioners addressing educational and health disparities and complements the work of other rural and small library organizations by driving resources to rural libraries.

The Summit brings together more than 500 rural library practicioners and friends of the library, disburses $10,000 in incentives, features keynote speakers like country recording artist and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne, and offers best and promising practices for moving cradle-to-career outcomes and networking opportunities!

If you have questions, contact Regina Washington at washingtonr@berea.edu or (859) 302-5435.

Check out this playlist from all the sessions during the 2021 Summit.

If you missed the breakout sessions during the Rural Library Summit, you can now view each session below:

Learn more about the Rural Library Network and join today by clicking here.