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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.

We hope you join us in further supporting libraries and the library profession.

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Save The Date: October 14-16, 2022
Location: Fort Smith, AR

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  • 12 Aug 2022 10:57 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Join us during the conference general sessions to hear keynote presentations from three great speakers who will inspire you and give you practical tools to use in your daily work.

    President's Program/Opening General Session on Friday - Stony Evans

    Saturday Morning General Session - Steve Hughes

    Closing General Session on Sunday - Bailee Hutchinson

  • 5 Aug 2022 7:36 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The latest issue of Arkansas Libraries is now on the ArLA Website. The direct link is From what Britt tells me, there is an extra bonus in there (compared to the print version). Anyway, enjoy!

  • 2 Aug 2022 9:08 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    i love my librarian award logo.

    Librarians have the ability to grow and shape those around them through the love of books. Is there a librarian in your life that goes above and beyond?

    Help that special person, win $5,000 by nominating them for "I Love My Librarian" contest at the link below. *Deadline for submissions is September 30th.

  • 2 Aug 2022 8:45 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Lynn Valetutti, ArLA August Member Spotlight!

    Here is what her nominator, Britt Murphy, wrote:

    Lynn is a fantastic librarian, director, and leader for all things ArLA.  Her leadership as treasurer of ArLA during hard financial times was critical in keeping the Association afloat.  I witnessed Lynn doing everything from putting together swag bags the night before a conference to staffing the registration desks at conference to trekking out regularly to check an empty ArLA PO box in Little Rock.  She’s one of most dedicated librarians I know – no matter where she has worked, she devotes 150% to that library, including her in current position as director of National Park College’s library.  Lynn’s also extremely funny and fun to be around…a lively conversation is guaranteed at the table where she sits!  Just being around Lynn is a reason to be a part of ArLA.

  • 24 Jun 2022 6:45 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas Library Association invites applications for its annual scholarship for graduate study in librarianship. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following conditions:

    • Applicant must hold or be completing work toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must not currently hold a master’s degree in library science.

    • Applicant must be currently accepted and enrolled in a program leading to a master’s degree in library science. An official transcript of coursework toward the master’s degree shall be submitted

    as proof. Applicants who have enrolled but not yet begun coursework shall submit proof of acceptance and enrollment in a program leading to a master’s degree in library science.

    • Applicant may be currently employed in a library in Arkansas provided all other conditions are met.

    The Arkansas Library Association will select one scholarship recipient each year from a pool of eligible applicants. Criteria for selection include 1) applicant’s interest in librarianship as a profession, 2) academic record, 3) compliance with application requirements. Awards are made without regard to race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic background.

    Recipients of the scholarship must meet the following requirements:

    • Within one year of completing their graduate program, accept or maintain professional employment in a library or in a library-related position in Arkansas.

    • After accepting or maintaining such employment, continue to work in a library or library-related

    position in Arkansas for at least one year.

    • Maintain membership in the Arkansas Library Association during the one year of required employment in a library or library-related position in Arkansas.

    • Upon graduation, provide to the Arkansas Library Association an official transcript showing the completion of their prescribed course of graduate studies and an official letter from their workplace verifying employment in a library or library-related position in Arkansas.

    • Sign a promissory note agreeing to repay the Arkansas Library Association the full amount of the scholarship award should any of the above conditions be unmet.

    NOTE: The Scholarship Committee of the Arkansas Library Association reserves the right to make no award.

    To apply for the annual scholarship, applicants should submit the following items before September 1:

    • Completed ArLA Scholarship application form (available on this website, as is a printable version of the policy, which includes all the details listed above)

    • Letter of application from the applicant

    • Resume

    • Official transcript if applicant has already begun graduate studies OR proof of acceptance and enrollment in a graduate program of library science if applicant is just beginning graduate studies.

    • Three letters of reference from individuals qualified to address the academic and professional potential of the candidate.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    ArLA Scholarship applications should be mailed or emailed to:

    Arkansas Library Association

    P.O. Box 3821

    Little Rock AR 72203


    For more information, contact Chance Griebel, Scholarship Committee Chair at

  • 23 May 2022 1:51 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who is doing amazing work, accomplished a major project, or just all-around friendly and helpful here in the Arkansas Library community?  If so, please click here to nominate that co-worker, colleague, supervisor, or director here.  Once a month, a different person will be highlighted on the ArLA website and social media.

  • 8 Jan 2019 8:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    ARKLIB-L is an online mailing list for those interested in Arkansas Libraries and related topics. It is free and open to the public. It has also been used to disseminate information to ArLA Members. For more information and to sign up, go to You can also use that page for maintaining your subscription.

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