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  • 29 Apr 2020 6:57 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Reference and Instruction Services Division of ArLA will be hosting its annual Reference Exchange Day virtually on May 29, 2020. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. and last until about 12:00 p.m. Below is a general agenda for the day - more specific details will be provided closer to the event. Registration for this event is free - click here to register! Come join us and talk about how the COVID-19 situation is affecting virtual reference services and discuss ways to navigate necessary changes to in-person reference services in the future. 

    Reference Exchange Day will include:

    5 minute, 5 slide flash presentations covering best practices and recent changes to phone, chat/text, and email platforms for reference services, as well as using LibGuides/Pathfinders as a reference resource and how Beanstacks summer reading tracking options can be used to direct users to various library resources. 

    After these short presentations, we will have round-table discussions on changes to reference services that we will be making in response to the COVID-19 virus. 

    A link to the Zoom meeting space for this event will be sent out soon. Hope to see many of you on May 29! 

  • 22 Apr 2020 7:15 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas Library Association continues to monitor the evolving landscape surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on group gatherings. In light of the predicted resurgence of the virus during the next fifteen months, and in consideration of the travel restrictions impacting the library community, ArLA has decided to move the annual conference originally scheduled to be held in Ft. Smith to an online environment. The virtual conference will be held Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16, in order to provide the best opportunity for all participants to have access to the necessary technology.

    “When choosing the theme of the 2020 Annual Conference, a pandemic and its cascading effect was not in sight,” shared Crystal Gates, ArLA President. Yet, Charting New Waters is even more appropriate as ArLA moves to a virtual conference. Gates continued, “Moving to an online environment offers ArLA the opportunity to meet its members where they are, to push the boundaries of traditional programming, and to encourage participation and collaboration in a meaningful way.” ArLA looks forward to offering the same vibrant programming and new opportunities for impactful connection. The virtual conference will continue to include sessions, workshops, keynotes, and a space to connect, including connections with sponsors, vendors, and programmers. In addition to the live sessions, attendees will have access to on-demand recordings. Moving from a face-to-face conference to an online environment offers members and the Association an opportunity to grow -- to chart new waters. 

    We look forward to you joining us on this new journey, and will be reaching out with complete details soon.

  • 21 Apr 2020 9:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Each year the Arkansas Library Association presents a variety of awards and prizes in recognition of the dedicated service of our Arkansas librarians and their achievements.  These awards are usually given during an awards dinner held at the annual ArLA conference.  However, because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this year's conference will be presented virtually.  The awards process is managed by the Arkansas Library Association Awards Committee.  This committee solicits nominations, reviews, and selects award recipients.  Nominations for the Arkansas Library Association Awards are now open.  The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2020.  Please consider nominating a co-worker or colleague for one of the awards using the nomination form located here:, where you will also find the awards criteria. We hope you will enjoy nominating one of your co-workers or colleagues!

  • 20 Mar 2020 8:36 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Here is a message from Crystal Gates, ArLA President regarding Arkansas Libraries and COVID-19:


  • 19 Feb 2020 11:23 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Association of Christian Librarians annual conference will be  June 8-11, 2020.  This year's conference is being held at Newman University in Wichita, KS.  For more information, checkout their LibGuide at

  • 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.

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