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2023 ARSL Conference

When: September 20-23, 2023
Where: Wichita, Kansas - Hyatt Regency Wichita

#ARSL2023 is the conference for rural and small libraries. Our conference planners and presenters understand the constraints of shoestring budgets, small spaces, and limited staffing within small and rural libraries, as well as the unique opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Our conference is packed full of information you can take right back to your library—no scaling down required.

This year's conference theme is "Unite & Ignite"! Our conference provides an opportunity to unite as a professional community and foster a sense of togetherness across a nation of small but mighty libraries. When we come together to share and learn we'll light fires of innovation and change that can burn bright all year long.

#ARSL2023 begins in...

Whova Conference App & 2023 Virtual Conference

The 2023 ARSL Conference is now accessible through Whova.

You can access Whova from your web browser or via the mobile app. You can switch back and forth between the web version and the app while you’re at work, at home, or on the go. Please make sure you can access Whova before the start of the conference.

  • Web Version: Open Whova using your web browser. Click “Sign up here” and create an account using the email address associated with your registration. If you’ve already created your account or you have used Whova before, sign in. You will be taken straight to the conference site.
  • Mobile App: Open this page in your smartphone’s web browser, or search “Whova” in your app store. Download the app, and search for the “2023 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference.” On the sign-in page, click “Sign up here” and create an account using the email address associated with your registration. If you’ve already created your account or you have used Whova before, sign in. You will be taken straight to the conference site.

Forgot your password? Click the "forgot password" link under the password entry field to receive a password reset email.

If Whova is asking you for a code, double check that you’re using the email address associated with your registration. If you’re still having trouble, email [email protected] or call (206) 453-3579 to make sure you’re registered correctly.

Conference Highlights

  • Networking opportunities to encourage you to make meaningful, lasting connections, including Dine-Arounds, receptions, topic-specific meetups, and the app with an attendee social network.
  • 80+ sessions from experts and innovators in small and rural libraries across the country.
  • Virtual content available to all attendees to watch on demand through mid-December.
  • Preconference Workshops to give a deeper dive into topics of customer service, community conversations, space planning, organizational culture, strategic planning, and creating a Safe Zone for Safe Zone for LGBTQIA+ patrons.
  • Extracurricular activities to get you out exploring Wichita with new friends.
  • User-friendly app to help you navigate the conference with ease, build your schedule, find new connections, participate in community discussions, enter challenges to win prizes, and so much more.
  • Keynote events featuring Adib Khorram, Will Stuck, Deborah Caldwell Stone, Anna-Marie McLemore, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Britney S. Lewis, and Megan Bannen!
  • Five meals included in your registration, plus refreshment breaks and receptions.
  • Exhibit Hall packed full of library-related vendors offering giveaways, discounts, and exclusive opportunities to conference attendees.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration is now open!

We look forward to continuing our successful hybrid event model for 2023. We will be able to bring the ARSL community together again in Wichita, Kansas, and we’ll also be able to reach those who are unable to travel via virtual access.

Sponsors will be even more visible across our in-person conference and virtual app, with on-site logo placement and a presence in the virtual sponsor hall.

Business Booths are sold out. Non-Profit Tables are still available.

Register as an Exhibitor and/or Sponsor Here
Visit Our Sponsors & Exhibitors Page