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  • 28 Jun 2017 11:12 AM | Maureen Huseman (Administrator)

    The Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock signs a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become a Preservation Steward library in GPO’s Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet).  Under this agreement, the Ottenheimer Library pledges to permanently preserve numerous print volumes of the Handbook of North American Indians.  This publication summarizes knowledge about all Native peoples north of Mesoamerica, including cultures, languages, history, prehistory, and human biology, is a standard reference work for anthropologists, historians, students, and the general reader.

    To help Federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient Government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established Preservation Stewards to support continued public access to historic U.S. Government documents in print format. Preservation Stewards contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents and GPO welcomes all Federal depository libraries that wish to participate as Preservation Stewards. The Norlin Library of the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kentucky Libraries, The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, The State Library of Ohio, and The University of Iowa Libraries became also serve as Preservation Stewards.

    Through the FDLP, GPO works with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government in print and electronic formats. The program’s antecedents can be traced back to the act of Congress dated December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140), which provided that one copy of the journals and documents of the Senate and House be sent to each university and college and each historical society in each state. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895. FIPNet is an initiative of the FDLP to expand public access to Government information in depository library collections through collaboration with non-depository library institutions and resources that also possess collections of Federal documents and publications. This effort will result in a National Collection of U.S. Government Information for the use of future generations, and will transform GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications into an index of that comprehensive body of Federal information.

    “GPO welcomes the Ottenheimer Library into this important program of maintaining Government information in all platforms,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks.”  I encourage more libraries to become part of this venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information.”

    GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

  • 27 Jun 2017 11:17 AM | Maureen Huseman (Administrator)

    The Sequoyah National Research Center will host Native Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries, June 21 through August 3.

    Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land, and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

    As part of programming for the exhibit, SNRC will host an Open House on July 1 1, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The open house will allow visitors to explore the exhibit after a brief introduction by the archivist Erin Fehr. A reception will follow.

    On July 19, the next film screening of Heartbeat Alaska will be a companion to the exhibit. The screening will feature segments from different Heartbeat Alaska episodes that focus on health and illness from an Alaska Native perspective. The clips will show traditional practices like subsistence lifestyles that prevent certain diseases, sobriety and prevention programs, and more. The screening will take place in Ottenheimer Library, Room 535, at noon. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

    We hope that you will make plans to view the exhibit and attend the Open House and Film Screening. To learn more and -view content from the exhibit, visit For more information about the programming at SNRC, please contact Erin Fehr at or 501-569-8336.

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

  • 27 Jun 2017 11:10 AM | Maureen Huseman (Administrator)

    ArLA Award Nominations

    The deadline is approaching to submit nominations for the ArLA Annual Awards.  We all know and work with very talented members of the Arkansas library community.  Please consider recognizing someone for their hard work and positive contributions to the library profession in our state.  


    The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, June 26, 2017. The link to the guidelines and the form are listed below:

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    ArLA Award Nomination Form

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