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  • 5 Oct 2017 2:51 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2017 Arkansas Library Association Award Winners:


    Adult Non-fiction: Rex Nelson, Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder

    Adult Fiction: Sanderia Faye, Mourner’s Bench

    Juvenile: Ali Welky, A Captive Audience: Voices of Japanese American Youth in World War II Arkansas

    Frances P. Neal  Award : Gwen Khayat

    Distinguished Service Award: Eva White

    Retta Patrick Award: Stony Evans

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award: Shawn Manis

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award: Jerrie Jones Townsend

    Ann Lightsey Children’s Librarian Award: Brittany Tavernaro

    Rising Star Award: Sandy Doss

    Emerging Leader Award: Sarah Gowdy Herford

    Scholarship: Allison Lightfoot

  • 19 Sep 2017 2:55 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    This award is presented by the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). 

    This grant is awarded to provide librarians and paraprofessionals from under-represented groups new to the metadata field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level.  The grant is to be used for airfare, lodging, and registration fees to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The award consists of $1,000, donated by Netanel Ganin, and registration to the next Annual Conference. Eligible applicants may apply more than once. Winners will be chosen based on: evidence of or interest in a career as a library metadata specialist as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) past coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications; candidate’s written justification for the grant in terms of commitment to and interest in metadata-related work; identification with an under-represented group; letter(s) of reference; and a vita.

    Send nominations to:  Jeannette Ho (, chair, Chan Professional Development Jury.

    The deadline is December 1st.

    Visit the Chan Professional Development  Grant web page   ( for more information.

  • 15 Sep 2017 9:16 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

    Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

    Applications must be received by November 3, 2017. Recipients will be notified by mid-March 2018.

    For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail:

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