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  • 12 Dec 2019 10:16 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    For immediate release:

    December 11, 2019

    School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), Emporia State University (ESU) is pleased to announce the new cohort in Conway, Arkansas, starting in fall 2020. This is the new addition to SLIM’s current 8 locations of hybrid instruction. The last additions were Las Vegas, Nevada and Boise, Idaho, starting in fall 2019.

    Many MLS programs are strictly online, meaning students participate in discussions, submit assignments and communicate with professors and other students online only.  What makes SLIM unique is our blended classroom approach.  This hybrid program allows students the flexibility of the online component with an interactive, face-to-face, classroom experience.

    While all courses are facilitated online for the full semester, our six core courses each have two Friday evening and all-day Saturday class weekends during the semester. Faculty teach these classes in person, allowing direct interaction between fellow students, instructors, and the regional director.

    SLIM has a long history of commitment in the profession of librarianship since 1902, and we believe we offer a great opportunity for future professional librarians in Arkansas and its surrounding areas. The Arkansas cohort’s in-person classes will be held at Hendrix College. 

    If you have any questions or would like to know more about the new cohort in Conway, Arkansas, contact our regional director, Elizabeth Hoffman, at ehoffma1@emporia.edu  or 620-412-6453. You may also visit our website at https://www.emporia.edu/slim/ .
  • 5 Dec 2019 8:02 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Arkansas librarians Nathalie DeFelice (sponsored by REFORMA) and Tonya Ryals (sponsored by ArLA) as members of the 2020 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders! This year is notable because 100% of participants received scholarships to help with costs! For more information, go to http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2019/12/ala-announces-2020-class-emerging-leaders


  • 7 Nov 2019 2:01 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    The Arkansas Library Association Bylaws revision was passed by the membership. More information has been provided via email. Thanks to all that voted.
  • 7 Oct 2019 2:35 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Photos of the ArLA/SELA Joint Conference can be found here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/164915973@N04/albums

  • 2 Oct 2019 1:01 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2019 ArLA Scholarship winner Alan Robinette. 

  • 2 Oct 2019 1:00 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2019 ArLA Award Winners:

    Arkansas Intellectual Freedom Award

    Shenise L. McGhee

    Arkansiana Award

    Brooks Blevins

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award

    Simone Kirk

    President’s Award

    Lynn A.Valetutti

    Distinguished Service Award

    Gwen Dobbs

    Bessie Moore Trustee Award

    Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award

    Jean Waldrop

    Frances P. Neal Award

    Elizabeth Chadburn Mckee

    Rising Star Award

    Sarah Beth Lesko

  • 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 http://mail.arlib.org/mailman/listinfo/arklib-l_arlib.org. You can also use that page for maintaining your subscription.

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