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  • 14 Jun 2018 10:14 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The UAMS Library Historical Research Center recently co-sponsored its annual dinner with the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions (SHMHP). The dinner, held on April 12th, featured independent researcher and journalist Abby Burnett presenting on Ozark burial customs. The Society is an advocacy group formed in 1982 to support the activities of the Historical Research Center and to encourage the preservation of Arkansas’s medical and health sciences’ history. Each year, the Historical Research Center and SHMHP co-sponsor the dinner, as well as an open house in October to celebrate American Archives Month. The Society also sponsors a yearly grant program to support research in the Historical Research Center. Laura Smith, of Fayetteville, was awarded this year’s grant for her proposal on medical education and professionalization in the South after the Civil War.

  • 1 Jun 2018 10:11 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) was held in Atlanta, GA  May 18-23.  During the meeting, Edward Poletti, AHIP, Librarian and Chief of Learning Resources at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System was awarded the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence & Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.

    Librarians representing UAMS at MLA were:

    Susan Steelman, Head of Education & Research Services, Alice Jaggers, Outreach Coordinator and Lindsay Blake, Clinical Services Librarian.   Susan served on the Program Committee of this national meeting; Susan, Alice and Lindsay also gave presentations or shared posters at the poster exhibit. 

  • 29 May 2018 6:35 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The 2018 Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award winner is The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, published by Dial.

    Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar, published by Delacorte, is the Simon Honor Book for 2018.

    The 2018 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award winner is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach, published by Knopf.  Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy, published by Candlewick, is the Diamond Honor Book for 2018.

  • 23 May 2018 10:43 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Bessie Grace Boehm Moore, former board member of the Arkansas State Library, has been inducted into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Bessie is listed as a ‘historic inductee’, who piloted a program for economic education in public schools and created the Ozark Folk Center State Park.  We remember her for her efforts on behalf of libraries.  Her interest in libraries began early in her career and she was instrumental in the organization of the first county library in Arkansas in 1926 in Pine Bluff.  Moore was appointed to the board of the Arkansas Library Commission in 1941 and served until 1979. Moore joined the American Library Association in 1929 and began working on the promotion of libraries at the national level.  She was active in the trustee division and served as President of ALTA (1957-1959).  In 1966 she was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Advisory Commission on Libraries (which later became the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science).  Moore served until 1988 due to successive appointments by US Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.  The American Library Association awarded Honorary Membership to Moore in 1980, the association’s highest honor.

    The fourth annual induction ceremony for the Women’s Hall of Fame will be August 30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.  You can learn more about the inductees and see listings of women previously honored at  

    To learn more about Bessie Moore, go to

  • 11 May 2018 9:12 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Dear American Library Association Members,

    The new ALA Connect has launched! How will you use the new site? To engage with your member groups? Join new communities? Share documents? Post a question to get advice from colleagues?

    Get started by logging in with your ALA username and password at Read and accept the Code of Conduct to proceed, then review and update your profile settings.

    • The new site lets you control your privacy, communication frequency, email preferences, and current ALA password. The instructions in Understanding Your Privacy & Communications Settings in ALA Connect will help you configure all of your preferences the way you want them set.
    • Only you will see your contact information unless you change that setting.
    • You can adjust your communication frequency to real time, daily digest, or no email on a group-by-group basis by going to My Profile > My Account > Community Notifications. By default, committee notifications are set to real time and all other groups are set to daily digest.
    • Fill out your profile to highlight your bio, interests, education, work history, publications, professional groups and associations, honors and awards, and more. You can set the privacy level on each section of your profile to either public, members only, just your contacts, or only you, putting your privacy in your hands.

    Connect recognizes your ALA membership status as well as all your division, round table, and group memberships. A shortcut menu takes you right to them.

    Explore ALA Connect

    • Post to your existing communities.
    • Search for new communities to join.
    • The new “My Networks” feature automatically lists members with whom you have interests in common. Use the site’s messaging feature to contact them (remember, you control your privacy setting for participating in this feature).
    • Search the Member Directory by name, organization, interests, or email address.
    • Search across all of ALA Connect from the homepage, or limit to a division or round table’s content by searching from within their site. 

    Learn More

    Our Privacy Policy

    ALA is still finalizing an updated privacy policy that will cover all our web properties. Until it is ready, we want to assure you that in addition to what is outlined in our current Privacy Policy, all information you add to your profile and your activity on ALA Connect will not be shared, sold, or otherwise given to a third-party. We may use your demographic data, interests, and general activity in aggregate without any personally identifiable information.

    ALA is in the process of cleaning up old ALA Connect links embedded in the ALA Website. If you find a broken link, please send us a message and we’ll take care of it.

    If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

    Thank you.

  • 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

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