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  • 19 Apr 2018 8:55 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    We all know someone who is deserving of these awards. Don't let them go unnoticed!

    Nominate someone today!   Deadline for Nominations: June 29, 2018

    A nomination form can be found with more information on the ArLA website at:

    Below is a short description of each Award.

    LaNell Compton Prize given to the author of the best contribution to library literature published in Arkansas Libraries.

    Frances P. Neal Award is given to recognize a career of notable service in librarianship within the state of Arkansas.

    Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize distinguished service in librarianship, e.g., continuing service to the Arkansas Library Association, outstanding achievement in some area of librarianship, active participation in library affairs, notable published professional writing, etc.

    Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award is given to an individual trustee or board of trustees who/which has made a significant contribution to the development of a library at the local, regional or state level.

    Retta Patrick Award recognizes an individual member of the Arkansas library profession who has made an outstanding state or national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

    Arkansas/SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award given to a person(s) or group(s) for notable contributions that have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom on behalf of a library in the state of Arkansas.

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award is given to recognize distinguished Paraprofessional library service in Arkansas libraries.

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award recognizes an outstanding academic librarian within the state of Arkansas.

    Ann Lightsey Children's Librarian Award - Named in honor of Ann Lightsey, a children's librarian who dedicated her life to children and reading.

    Rising Star - the award is to recognize a library worker who has worked in libraries less than 5 years

  • 20 Mar 2018 9:08 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    There’s only a couple of weeks left to submit your proposal for a breakout session at the 2018 ArLA Annual Conference!

    This year’s theme is Make It Happen:  Arkansas Libraries Transform. We want to hear from as many people as possible at conference about the things that interest you and all the ways you “Make It Happen” at your library!

    Proposals will be accepted until April 20th. The ArLA Conference Committee will notify those proposals selected for the conference after that time.

    Click on the link and use this form to submit your proposals:  

    The 2018 conference will once again be held in Rogers, AR, from Sept. 23-25 (Sunday-Tuesday). Breakout sessions for the ALPS and ArASL Pre-Conferences on Saturday, Sept. 22 are being scheduled by those respective divisions.

  • 14 Mar 2018 9:38 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Are you ready to Go ALL-In?

    What is ALL- In?

    The Arkansas Library Leadership Institute (ALL-In) is a 3-day leadership event for library staff, created and implemented by the Arkansas State Library to develop emerging leaders within the library profession, the local community, and in life.  The first Institute was held in 2015.  Several of our participants will continue their commitment by acting as mentors to the participants of our second Institute to be held November 14-16, 2018.

    Who should apply for the Institute?

    Library staff across the state of Arkansas whose personal and professional goals include leadership. The Arkansas Library Leadership Institute selection committee is seeking a diverse set of applicants, degreed and non-degreed alike, based on type of library, organizational responsibility, and geography.

    Who is leading the Institute and what topics will be covered?

    Dr. Sharon Morris and Kieran Hixon of the Colorado State Library will be facilitating the 2018 Institute.  Topics covered will include: Self Awareness, Leadership Basics, Leading from Every Level, and Determining Success.  Chosen participants will be sent a copy of the book Strengths Finder.  We will be using the results in the training.

    Where is the event taking place?

    DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas's only resort state park.  Set in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of DeGray Lake, one of the region's five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters. Each participant will have their own room.  There are walking trails and a fitness center at the lodge.  Sessions will take place in on site meetings rooms.  All meals will be provided by or served in the Shoreline Restaurant.  Dietary needs will be accommodated if possible. 

    What is the cost of the Institute?

    Selected applicants will be responsible for a portion of the cost which will cover meals, lodging, and materials for the entire 3-day workshop.   The participants of the 2018 Institute will be responsible for $300 towards the costs of the Institute.  Financial forms will be sent out to the applicants chosen for the Institute.  Your library may pay for your participation. Payment is expected on or before November 4, 2018.

    For more information and to download the application form, click this link to our ALL-In LibGuide:

    Questions?  Contact Ruth Hyatt, Manager of Library Development

    Arkansas State Library


  • 13 Mar 2018 1:32 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Karen Russ has been named the 2018 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award (posthumously). This award is given by the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. The Award is based on stature, service, and publication which may be in any or all areas of documents librarianship. Karen was Government Documents Librarian at UA-Little Rock from 1996-2017. The Award will be given at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

  • 13 Mar 2018 11:14 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Independence County Library in Batesville is renovating a 104-year-old building to house the library. The architects are Polk Stanley Wilcox, who designed the Hillary Clinton Library in Little Rock and won an award from ALA for the site. We are currently in a 5,000-square-foot facility and will be moving into a 23,000-square-foot facility. We will close our current location during the month of May and will open in the new space the first week of June. A grand opening is planned for mid-July.

  • 13 Mar 2018 11:04 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Southeastern Library Association is now accepting applications for the Ginny Frankenthaler Memorial Scholarship.

    The purpose of the scholarship is to recruit beginning professional librarians who possess potential for leadership and commitment to service in libraries in the Southeastern United States. The scholarship provides financial assistance towards completion of the graduate degree in library science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.

    The $1,000 scholarship is awarded every two years. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified in July, with funding to begin with the fall school term.

    For information on how to apply, please visit:

  • 6 Mar 2018 7:46 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues:

                The Arkansas Library Association Executive Board has appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to begin work on helping chart a direction for ArLA’s next several years.

                To do this properly, we need to understand where ArLA is now. We especially need to identify the activities or aspects of ArLA that make up our strengths and those that challenge us. In so doing, we can move to address those challenges and build on the strong foundations that already exist.

                And to help us identify those strengths and challenges, we have devised a brief survey at

                It will take just a few minutes to complete.

                It is essential that we get input from as many members of the Arkansas Library Community as is possible. So please take some time to send in your response.

    We would like for this survey to be completed by the end of March, but the sooner we get input, the more time we’ll have to study and understand the results.

    Thanks, everyone, for your help!

    ArLA Strategic Planning Committee:

    Jami Anne Balkman (Alma School District & Crawford County Library System)

    Johnice Dominick (Carroll & Madison Library System)

    Crystal Gates (Laman Public Library, North Little Rock)

    Debbie Hall (State Library)

    Carol Hanan (Arkansas Tech)

    Jil’lana Heard (Lake Hamilton High School)

    Laura Hubler (Lawrence County PL)

    Susie Kirk (Henderson State)
    Britt Anne Murphy (Hendrix)

    Shelly Porter (West Fork Elementary)

    Dan Boice (UA-Monticello), Chair

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