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  • 8 Jun 2021 6:41 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Arkansas State Library's Amber Gregory! She has been named 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker in the Advocate category. The full article can be found here:

  • 4 Jun 2021 9:41 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Each year the UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library awards the Karen M. Russ Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in recognition of Karen’s contribution to the university and profession. The $500 award is given each spring to the UA Little Rock student who best utilizes, applies, and/or visualizes government information in their research.

    The winner of the award this year was Josiah Johnson for his research project examining the economic impact of the television show, Small Business Revolution, on the winning town. Additional information on Johnson’s research can be found at the library website.

    The Karen Russ Award was made possible by generous donations by members of the library community. Thanks to all who made this possible.

  • 4 Jun 2021 9:37 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    IMLS recently announced a new competitive funding opportunity for libraries. The grant will provide direct support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist with recovery. (Note: This grant program is not part of the American Rescue Plan Act Grants to States program that the Arkansas State Library is distributing through sub-grants to public libraries.)

    The application deadline is June 28.

    You can read more about it on the latest blog posting on the ASL News Blog. You can link to it through the State Library’s News page.

  • 2 Jun 2021 1:28 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Save The Date: Towards New Horizons 2021 Conference Logo

    The Arkansas Library Association Annual Conference will be held beginning Tuesday, October 12, through Friday, October 15, 2021. This year’s conference will be hosted virtually using the online event platform Whova. The conference theme is “Towards New Horizons,” aligning with the ArLA Presidential Initiatives for 2021, and the Conference Committee welcomes proposals demonstrating how Arkansas libraries and library staff are working to move their libraries, patrons, and communities towards new horizons, overcoming challenges related to COVID-19 and other events and exploring future opportunities and innovation. Session proposals will be accepted beginning March 4, 2021, and the deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021.

    For more information, view the CPF Information Sheet at To submit a proposal go to For more information, contact Rachel Shankles, ArLA Conference Committee Chair at

  • 25 May 2021 11:10 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Rhonda Hughes

    Ronda Hughes, Library Media Specialist at Fountain Lake School District

    "She has received Leadership recognition in other organizations; she is President-Elect and Conference Chair for AAIM and received the state Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award. She spearheaded a county reading program that resulted in 3 school libraries having book mobiles .” – Rachel Shankles

  • 6 Apr 2021 11:18 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ArLA Award Nominiations Logo

    The nomination form for this year's ArLA Awards is now open. You can find it at:

    This year, we will be selecting winners for the following awards: 

    Arkansiana Award - given to an author of a recent book that represents a significant contribution to AR heritage and culture; one award each for adult non-fiction, adult fiction, and juvenile (either fiction or non-fiction)

    Frances P. Neal Award - recognizes a career of notable service in Arkansas librarianship

    Distinguished Service Award - given for outstanding achievement in some area of librarianship

    Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award - recognizes an individual or board of trustees who/which has made a significant contribution

    Retta Patrick Award - recognizes an outstanding contribution to school librarianship

    Arkansas/SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award - given to a person or group for furthering the cause of intellectual freedom on behalf of an Arkansas library

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award - recognizes distinguished paraprofessional library service

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award - given to an academic librarian with a spirit of outstanding service and dedicated professionalism

    Ann Lightsey Children's LIbrarian Award - given to a dedicated children's librarian

    Rising Star Award - recognizes a library worker with less than 5 years of experience who has provided exceptional service for their community

    If you know anyone who you believe is deserving of an award (including yourself), please submit a nomination! The nomination window will last until July 2, 2021. You can review full award descriptions and eligibility guidelines here.   

    For more information, contact, Allie Stevens, Awards Committee Chair at

  • 11 Jan 2021 11:16 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ArLA Presidential Initiatives

    ArLA Executive Board Structure 2021

    As with 2020, this year is already presenting its own unique set of events and challenges. We will continue to be faced with important questions and decisions related to how we and our libraries navigate these challenges, but through it all our mission remains the same - to provide valuable resources and a supportive environment where our students, patrons, and communities can learn and grow.

    Despite these difficult times, I believe that the future of the Arkansas Library Association is a bright one. Over the past couple of years we have seen our organization look to the past for lessons and wisdom, move forward towards progress, and chart new waters as we have faced unprecedented challenges but also worked hard to lay a solid foundation for future success. It is my belief that now the time has come for us to build on these valuable efforts and embark towards new horizons, to be ambitious on purpose, and to boldly go where our members – the hardworking librarians of Arkansas and the communities that we serve – need us most.

    Attached you fill find some thoughts that have been on my mind in recent years – ideas and priorities that I feel, as an association, we should emphasize in the months ahead. These initiatives represent important responsibilities that I will actively pursue during my time as your president, but they are certainly beyond the scope of one person’s capacity to achieve alone. It is important to remember that ArLA is NOT just the Board, ArLA is NOT just the conference, nor indeed any one group or activity that our members pursue. ArLA is ALL of us. The future is in all of our hands, and I look forward to traveling on this journey together.

    Towards new horizons!

    Philip C. Shackelford, ArLA President

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