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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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An online event to be held October 14-16, 2020. Enjoy keynote speakers include Margaret Verble and Ted Quiballo as well as education programs and networking opportunities.

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  • 17 Sep 2020 10:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    There is a problem with the mailing list server, so you might not be able to receive or post to any of our mailing lists such as ARKLIB-L. The company that hosts the server has been working to resolve this, but there is no estimated time of restoration. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Ron Russ

    ArLA Web Services Committee Chair

  • 17 Sep 2020 7:05 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The ArLA conference program is out! Loads of good information about this year's conference as well as bios of the ArLA officer candidates. Check it out at or visit the Annual Conference page.

  • 4 Sep 2020 10:25 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Just wanted to let people know that the ArLA Virtual Conference Schedule is up on the conference website. The direct link is

  • 31 Aug 2020 11:28 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas Library Association will be voting soon on officers for the new year.  We know there are many talented individuals who would be willing to serve and we would love for them to be nominated. The committee is seeking nominations for the following positions:

     President-Elect (serves a three year term)

     Secretary (serves a two year term) 

     Treasurer -Elect (serves a three year term) - one year as assistant treasurer serving with the current treasurer and then a year on their own and then a year with the new treasurer-elect

     SELA State Representative (two year term)

     4 Members at Large (one year term)

    If interested in serving, please contact Jil'Lana Heard, Nominations Committee Chair with the position you are interested in, your name, a short bio and a photograph of yourself. Her email is

  • 3 Jun 2020 1:39 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    We Stand Together

    by Crystal Gates
    ArLA President

    The Arkansas Library Association stands with library workers, with library users, and with the communities we serve who encounter and are subjected to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and discrimination based solely on their race or ethnicity. The pervasive racism present in our society stifles equitable access and serves as a barrier to everything that libraries stand for. In most instances, libraries are neutral and do not enter into the world of politics. However, this is not politics. There is no neutral ground. There is no debate. Safety, basic freedoms, and having a voice is a human right. 

    We, as an Association, and I, as your colleague and friend, commend you for serving our communities during these tumultuous times. Arkansas libraries are providing resources, creating booklists, promoting social discussion, and supporting those who depend on us as a safe place to engage and as the authority of open, factual information. I urge all Arkansas libraries and library workers to build a work and community culture that accepts and embraces all people, in the way that best meets the needs of your individual communities. Ideas for changing the culture from deep within may include new booklists, new programs, new hiring practices, and more - and making those changes for good, not just for today, but for our future.

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