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  • 13 Aug 2018 10:07 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)


    The ArLA Scholarship committee is currently accepting applications for ANY student pursuing a Master's level degree in Library Studies.  Because we are down to 1 scholarship this year, and the unique situation Arkansas is in for library degrees, no ArLA accreditation is required of candidates - read, persons pursuing a degree for a school library may STILL APPLY.   

    Recipients must:

    1) be a legal resident of the State of Arkansas,

    2) be within one year of completing their graduate
    program, accept or maintain professional employment in a library or in a library related position in Arkansas,

    3) after accepting or maintaining such employment, continue to work in a library or in a library related position in Arkansas for
    at least one year,

    4) maintain membership in the Arkansas Library Association during the one year period of required
    employment in a library or library related position in Arkansas.


    For more information please see the journal, or contact Ashley Burris.  Her contact information  is: Ashley Burris, Lawrence County Library Director, 115 West Walnut, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476. Phone (870)886-3222 Fax (870)886-9520

  • 26 Jul 2018 7:52 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas Library Association sponsors one ALA Emerging Leaders applicant each year. All applications from Arkansas librarians will automatically be forwarded to ArLA to be considered for this $2,000 sponsorship. For more information, please contact  

    The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018Apply now.

    The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

     An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

    For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders web page or contact the EL project manager at

  • 2 Jul 2018 6:43 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Close to 100 librarians and staff came to the Clinton Presidential Center today to have lunch with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress – at the invitation of Congressman French Hill.  Also present were Mrs. Colleen Hayden (Mother of Dr. Hayden), Senator John Boozman, and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.  Through the casual conversation we learned more about Dr. Hayden and the Library of Congress.

  • 20 Jun 2018 11:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

     Jennifer Chilcoat will be joining the Arkansas State Library on July 30 as Deputy Director (a position currently held by Dwain Gordon, who retires on June 29.)

    Since 1990, Jennifer has been employed at the Central Arkansas Library System.  Over the years she has held various positions, including reference librarian, manager of the Fletcher Branch Library, special assistant to the Director, Head of the Main Library, Head of Human Resources, and Construction Coordinator.  She has supervised numerous staff and managed multiple projects. Jennifer earned her Master’s in Library Science at the University of Tennessee — Knoxville in 1989. 

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