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  • 5 May 2023 9:05 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ArLA May Spotlight: Allyson Gott

    Here is what her nominator wrote: "Allyson Gott is the Youth Coordinator at the Randolph County Library and goes above and beyond in all that she does. Allyson has created 'Toddler Time' and 'Jr Book Club' and the response from the patrons is outstanding! She works hard to put together projects and activities that will interest kids of all ages. Allyson truly has heart for her job and others" 

  • 28 Mar 2023 10:30 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The ArLA / SELA 2023 Joint Conference Program Subcommittee is seeking break-out session proposals for this year’s conference. The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2023.

    This year's conference theme is Libraries: Shining a Light in the Darkness. Hot Springs will experience a partial annular eclipse during our conference on October 14.

    ArLA and SELA are committed to hosting an inclusive and welcoming conference experience for the entirety of our memberships. We invite participation, and especially program proposals, from people of all ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. ArLA and SELA are committed to making all reasonable accommodations that will allow conference attendees and presenters to fully participate in conference events.

    Conference Break-out Sessions

    The Conference Program Subcommittee is seeking a wide-range of programs that support the conference theme, and that represent the range of our diverse memberships including academic, public, school, and special library organizations, and professional and para-professional members. 

    The detailed description of your proposed program should include:

    • ·         topics that will be addressed or activities that will take place during the session;
    • ·         3-5 learning outcomes that use active verbs, are measurable, and state what the participants should know or be able to do after attending your session (e.g. "At the end of this session, participants will..."); and
    • ·         how the program fits the conference theme.

    Programs may include single or multiple presenters, panel discussions, case studies, interactive hands-on activities, demonstrations of projects, etc.

    Conference break-out session programs will be selected by the Joint Conference Program Subcommittee in a peer review process. All proposals must be submitted through Google Forms using the ArLA / SELA 2023 Joint Conference Proposal Form. (A Google account is not necessary to submit a form.)

    ArLA Communities of Interest and SELA Committees, Roundtables, and Sections are encouraged to submit proposals.


    Monday, May 8

    Conference program proposals due 

    Wednesday, May 31

    Presenters notified of acceptance status

    Friday, June 9

    Signed program speaker agreements due

    Submit Your ArLA / SELA 2023 Joint Conference Proposal

    Submit a separate form for each program you’re proposing.

    The form does not allow you to save your work and return to it later. A PDF copy of the ArLA / SELA Joint Conference Proposal Form is available so that you can review the entire form before you begin. Do not submit the PDF copy in lieu of the online Program Event Form. The PDF copy is only for your convenience.

    ArLA / SELA Joint Conference Proposal Form (


    PDF copy of the ArLA / SELA 2023 Joint Conference Proposal Form


    If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact Jenn Wann, ArLA Conference Program Subcommittee Chair, at, or Laura Slavin, SELA President-Elect, 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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