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ArLA has supported Arkansas’ academic, public, school, and special libraries for more than 100 years. In that time, we established a state library commission, began an association publication, established salary guidelines, supported the continuing education of librarians, and protected intellectual freedom.

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  • 17 Jun 2024 11:35 AM | Kacy Earnest Spears (Administrator)

    ArLA is launching a calendar and poster series highlighting the amazing things happening in Arkansas libraries, and we need your help!

    • ·       2025 ArLA Calendar will have 13-15 photos of Arkansas libraries and will be a fundraiser for ArLA.
    • ·       “Arkansas Libraries Are…” poster series will have ~25 photos, repeats from calendar plus more from each library setting.  ~10 will be printed for distribution to local offices and legislators.  All will be available to print as high quality 11X14 pdfs for any library to select from for their buildings and constituencies. Sales of the posters will also be a fundraiser for ArLA.

    We would like a diverse array of libraries and their communities represented: public, school, academic, special.  We would also invite geographic diversity:  urban and rural settings from the 5 approximate regions of Arkansas:  central, northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest.

    Timeline:  photos will need to be taken and shared by July 29 with the roll-out of the calendar fundraiser and the poster series in the fall, just in time for ArLA Annual Conference.

    Your photo submissions are welcome!  Submit photos by using this link:

    If the photos include minors/students, please be sure to obtain written permission from their parent or guardian, and please include as many details about the photo as possible so we can give appropriate credit!

    Thanks for helping us represent all the GOOD Arkansas libraries are doing for our communities!

    Members of the PR Campaign
    (Arkansas Libraries editors, ArLA Executive Committee, and PR library staff from libraries across the state)

  • 30 May 2024 4:34 PM | DeAnna Dillon (Administrator)

    Nominations Open Now

    Current Committee Members

    • Judy Calhoun, Chair
       Regional Director Southeast Arkansas Regional Library
      114 W. Jefferson
      Monticello, AR 71655 870-367-8584, ext. 222

    • Allie Stevens
      Director Calhoun County Library
      115 South 2nd St.
      Hampton, AR 71744

    • Rhona Hughes
      Library Media Specialist
      Fountain Lake Middle School Library
      724 Shady Heights
      Hot Springs, AR 71901

    • Lisa Pickett
      Camden & Ouachita Co Public Library
      1357 Camellia Dr.
      Camden, AR 71701

    • Tina Murdock
      Archivist Hendrix College Bailey Library
      1600 Washington Ave.
      Conway, AR 72032

  • 16 Feb 2024 2:58 PM | DeAnna Dillon (Administrator)

    The ArLA Conference Program Subcommittee is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the annual ArLA Conference, being held October 2nd - 4th at the Hot Springs Convention Center. This year's conference theme is "The Next Chapter," emphasizing connectedness in the profession by addressing the common misconceptions about libraries.

    We encourage representation from a variety of presenters and programs are not limited to entities currently working within libraries. 

    The deadline for submissions is April 15th!
    ArLA Program Submission Link:

  • 23 Oct 2023 1:09 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Ann Lightsey Children's Librarian Award - Wendy Christy
    Arkansas Intellectual Freedom Award - Adam Webb
    Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award - Karen Harbut
    Distinguished Service Award - Adam Webb
    Frances P. Neal Award - Tina Murdoch
    LaNell Compton Award - Dr. Kay Walter & Elizabeth Parish
    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award - Jasmine Jobe
    Retta Patrick Award - Quanta Wyatt
    Rising Star Award - Kelsey Gocio
    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award - Amy McGohan
    President's Award - Amber Wilson
    Past-President's Recognition - Rachel Shankles
    Scholarship - Keli Wright

  • 8 Jan 2019 8:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

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