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ArLA has supported Arkansas’ academic, public, school, and special libraries for more than 100 years. In that time, we established a state library commission, began an association publication, established salary guidelines, supported the continuing education of librarians, and protected intellectual freedom.

We hope you join us in further supporting libraries and the library profession.

The Arkansas Library Association holds an Annual Conference every year.  The next ArLA Conference will be held in Hot Springs on September 27-29, 2019 at the Hot Springs Convention Center and the host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel & Spa, 400 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs, 71901.  Look for Conference information on the website beginning in April.

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  • 23 Apr 2019 10:09 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Registration for YALSA's 2019 symposium, which will take place Nov. 1-3 in Memphis, TN is now open. Now through early bird registration (September 15), those who join YALSA and register for the symposium will be automatically entered for a chance to win free registration for the 2020 YALSA symposium. Additionally, non-members who join YALSA/ALA before registering become eligible to register with the YALSA member rate, apply for a $1,000 symposium travel stipend, gain access to a quarterly journal, additional grants, and more. Joining and then registering often costs less than the non-member rate. Additional events such as pre-conferences, a Graceland tour, and an author luncheon can be added for an extra fee. View the preliminary schedule. Learn more at

  • 22 Apr 2019 9:42 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    New ArLA Membership Brochure

  • 22 Apr 2019 9:24 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    You can now access the Spring 2019 issue of Arkansas Libraries on the ArLA Website. Just go to Arkansas Libraries on the main menu or to

  • 15 Apr 2019 9:35 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Every year the Arkansas Library Association bestows a variety of awards and prizes in recognition of the compelling and dedicated service of our Arkansas librarians and their achievements. These awards are given during an awards dinner held at the annual ArLA conference. The awards process is managed by the Arkansas Library Association Awards Committee. This committee solicits nominations, reviews and selects award recipients, and coordinates the awards dinner during the annual conference. Nominations for the Arkansas Library Association Awards are now open. The deadline for submissions is June 28, 2019. Please consider nominating a co-worker or colleague for one of the awards using the nomination form, here:

  • 1 Apr 2019 2:59 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Online registration for the ArLA/SELA Joint Conference can be found here:

    The ArLA Annual Conference page is part of the main menu of the website, next to Arkansas Libraries. The direct link is Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

  • 13 Mar 2019 2:32 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Reference and Instruction Services Division of ArLA will be hosting a Reference Exchange Event on May 24, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Conway Public Library in Conway, AR. This free event will feature a panel discussion with genealogy experts in the morning. The afternoon portion of the event will consist of a panel discussion with reference services providers as well as an opportunity for attendees to ask for assistance with difficult reference queries.

    To register, please click here. Please fill out one registration form for each person from your organization who would like to attend. There is no cost to attend this event.

    For more information, please contact Allie Stevens, RISD Chair, at (870)798-4492 or

    We look forward to seeing you on May 24!

  • 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 You can also use that page for maintaining your subscription.
  • 3 Oct 2018 1:43 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Check out the conference photos at 2018 ArLA Annual Conference Photos. Thanks to Richard Theilig for being the conference photographer, and for uploading all of the photos.

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