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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 28-29, 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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  • 19 Mar 2019 8:01 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    On March 11 the White House released its FY2020 federal budget proposal, and for the third year in a row, the president has recommended eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides the main source of federal support for US libraries and museums.

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    This year's "Dear Appropriator" letters have started to circulate in the House, asking representatives to preserve more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries. Now is the time to let your representative know how important libraries are to their constituents.

    Many representatives will only sign a "Dear Appropriator" letter if their constituents ask them. Use ALA's Action Center to send an email and urge your representative to contact Rep. Raul Grijavla (D-AZ) to sign on to the LSTA letter and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johson (D-TX) to sign on to the IAL letter. The more signatures we have, the better our chances will be to protect funding for libraries across the country.

    The House deadline is March 28. Send your emails now, as letters will close a few days before the 28th. Stay tuned for a similar call to action for the Senate in the coming days.

  • 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 Mar 2019 8:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    This event will take place on Thursday, April 18 from 2:00-3:00PM online.

    Free Registration:

    All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but libraries that serve small, rural populations have the potential to go beyond providing information and access--they can inject the vitality that will help their communities thrive. Addressing the challenges faced by rural areas may seem daunting to a library with few staff and limited resources, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their stakeholders, patrons, and other library staff. Learn how small library director and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Allie Stevens, applied the concept of growth mindsets to set her priorities, use resources and volunteers smartly, and avoid burnout as a solo librarian. Follow her lead to turn your library into a powerhouse for your community.

    This WebJunction webinar is presented in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

    Presented by: Allie Stevens, Director, Calhoun County Library & Museum, Hampton, Arkansas
  • 6 Feb 2019 11:21 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    You and your team have done something amazing in your library and we want to learn about it! 

    The 2019 Arkansas Library Association/Southeastern Library Association Joint Conference is going to be held Friday, September 27, 2019 through Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Hot Springs, Arkansas. 

    Breakout session proposals will be accepted until April 20, 2019. Proposals received after this date risk not being considered for the 2019 Annual Conference. If you have any questions about the 2019 sessions, please contact Carol Coffey 501-944-0865 or

    If your session proposal is accepted, you will be contacted via email. At that time we will begin making arrangements regarding room needs. Submit your proposals here

    While we have your attention, we are planning the ArLA 2019 pre-conference and we want to hear from you! Take this survey and let us know what topics you would most like to see at our 2019 pre-conference.

    We can't wait to hear from you!
  • 6 Feb 2019 8:23 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity recognizes U.S. libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with readers.  The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize for the library.  In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books will   be awarded. The winner will also receive airfare, hotel, food and related expenses to the conference from the Penguin Random House Foundation.

    The award is open to school, public and academic libraries.  A MLS degreed librarian is preferred, but not required.  The nomination should show evidence of hardship (economic or natural disaster) and successful partnerships to overcome the hardship.  A strong focus is on innovative and unique programming that incorporate new technology, reading methods, or materials and successful outcomes.

    The nomination form can be found on the ALA website 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.
  • 18 Oct 2018 1:38 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Here is the 2018-2021 ArLA Strategic Plan as approved by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting on September 24, 2018. There are versions for Microsoft Word as well as PDF.



  • 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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