The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) is pleased to announce that Tena Hanson, director of the Estherville Public Library, has been elected to serve as vice president/president elect of the ARSL Board for 2013. This begins an important three-year leadership commitment in which she will serve as president in 2014, and as immediate past president in 2015.
Hanson has served as chair of the Board's Membership Committee for the past two years, and is heading up the effort to bring ARSL's annual conference to Iowa in 2013.
ARSL is a national organization of nearly 500 members whose mission is to provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.
ARSL works to provide for continuing education opportunities for its members, serves as a source of current information about trends, issues and strategies for rural and small libraries, partners with other library and non-library groups and organizations serving rural and small communities and advocates for rural and small libraries at the local, state and national levels.
Hanson's new position will begin at ARSL's annual conference in Raleigh, N.C. in September. A complete list of board members and more information about ARSL can be found at www.arsl.info.