RLRT: Rural Libraries Roundtable

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Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the NYLA Rural Libraries Roundtable is to enable librarians, library managers, friends and trustees of rural libraries to keep in touch with each other as well as assist NYLA in its mission and goals. This roundtable could potentially be of interest to libraries of all types including public, school, small urban branches, special and corporate, and small academic.

Defining characteristics of “rural libraries”:

  1. Limited service population
  2. Limited budget
  3. One-person/minimal staff
  4. Geographically isolated

The roundtable would serve these functions:

  1. Create a network of people interested in development of rural and small libraries.
  2. Provide a forum for the smallest of NY state libraries to exchange ideas and experiences.
  3. Provide an opportunity for continuing education relevant to small, rural and one-person libraries.

Executive Committee structure:

President/ Vice-President / Treasurer / Secretary – two year terms for each position


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