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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.

The Arkansas Library Association holds an Annual Conference every year.  The next ArLA Conference will be held in Hot Springs on September 27-29, 2019 at the Hot Springs Convention Center and the host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel & Spa, 400 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs, 71901.  Look for Conference information on the website beginning in April.

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  • 6 Aug 2019 4:21 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The ArLA/SELA Joint Conference Schedule is now available. It can be found at You'll also find it on the ArLA Website under the Annual Conference navigation button at the top of the screen as 2019 Schedule.  You can also access a PDF copy here at ArLA-SELA Joint Conference 2019 - Hot Springs - Schedule.pdf.

  • 31 Jul 2019 7:54 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Just wanted to let people know that Wild Apricot has an app for ArLA Members. With it you can:

    • View the member directory
    • View another member's profile
    • Email their fellow members
    • View an event calendar and event details
    • Add event to their device calendar
    • Register for an event and pay the registration fee
    There are versions of the app for Apple as well as Android devices. download for Apple (IOS), go to app store or to For Android users, go to Google Play or to

  • 30 Jul 2019 2:59 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Online registration for the ArLA/SELA Joint Conference can be found here:

    The ArLA Annual Conference page is part of the main menu of the website, next to Arkansas Libraries. The direct link is Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

  • 29 Jul 2019 9:34 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Registration for the 2019 ArLA Pre-Conference is now available. There are two sesssions to choose from:

    Drama, Drama, Drama

    Fredonna Walker, Training Specialist, and Derrick Newby, Library Associate, both with William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, present Drama, Drama, Drama- How to Make it Work for You, Not Against You. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn why drama happens and what you can do to turn it into the most valuable tool in your professional toolbox.

    Privacy in Libraries

    Privacy in Libraries, led by Bryan Neil Jones, Systems Librarian for Nashville Public Library and a member of the Library Freedom Project (, provides training regarding the ethical, legal, and technical issues of privacy in libraries. Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. By teaching librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance, LFP hopes to create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the communities they serve.

    Both pre-conferences are $50/each. They are scheduled for Friday, September 27, 1-4 p.m., Salons A-C at Embassy Suites.

    Registration is available online at

  • 9 Jul 2019 1:48 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The American Library Association announces a call for applications for its inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program.  Click here for more information about the application process.

    Lois Ann Gregory-Wood worked at ALA for fifty years, and for 27 of those years, served as the ALA Council Secretariat.  For thousands of ALA members, she was the face of ALA Council and governance.  The Fellows Program celebrates her leadership and accomplishments, as well as seeking to encourage understanding and participation in the ALA governance processes. 

    The Fellows Program seeks applications from interested individuals for its inaugural year in 2020.  During this first year of the award, one individual will be selected to receive a grant totaling $2,500 to cover costs of attending two conferences: the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and Annual Conference in Chicago. The Fellow will work with a mentor and attend various governance meetings over the course of the conferences to observe and to learn. 

    Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • ALA member for at least two years. 
    • Must be a practicing librarian (with an MLS from an accredited institution or CAEP accredited Master’s degree with a specialty in School Library Media), a full time library staff member, a library trustee or friend board member. 
    • Must have worked as a librarian, library staff member, or served as a library trustee or friend board member for at least five years. 
    • Must have attended at least one ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting.

    The application form opens on July 9, 2019, and applications must be received by September 30, 2019.  In the application, candidates will explain their interest in the program, and describe how this experience and knowledge will benefit ALA, their library and their career. The selection committee will consider applications in October, and the individual selected will be notified and announced by November 1, 2019.  Applications are available here.

    Prospective applicants who have questions should be in touch with Jim Neal, Chair of the Selection Committee,, or Kimberly L. Redd,, at the American Library Association.  This is an exciting opportunity for ALA members to get an insider view of the governance of the Association and to consider expanding their governance participation and leadership roles.

    LAGW Fellowship Selection Committee:

    Jim Neal (Chair)
    Trevor Dawes
    Terri Grief
    Caitlin Moen
    Robert Newlen
    Romelia Salinas
    Ann Symons

  • 23 Apr 2019 10:09 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Registration for YALSA's 2019 symposium, which will take place Nov. 1-3 in Memphis, TN is now open. Now through early bird registration (September 15), those who join YALSA and register for the symposium will be automatically entered for a chance to win free registration for the 2020 YALSA symposium. Additionally, non-members who join YALSA/ALA before registering become eligible to register with the YALSA member rate, apply for a $1,000 symposium travel stipend, gain access to a quarterly journal, additional grants, and more. Joining and then registering often costs less than the non-member rate. Additional events such as pre-conferences, a Graceland tour, and an author luncheon can be added for an extra fee. View the preliminary schedule. Learn more at

  • 22 Apr 2019 9:42 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    New ArLA Membership Brochure

  • 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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