Support Libraries & Fight Racism With Humble’s Be The Change Book Bundle!
In honor of MLK Day, celebrate black voices with Humble’s Be The Change Book Bundle, which offers best-selling books by today’s leading Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) authors, with a portion of every sale benefiting the Freedom to Read Foundation, American Library Association and Spectrum Scholars. From Black History to Afrofuturism with a dash of direct action, this bundle provides a great reading list to deepen your knowledge, expand conversations, and share the vision of building an anti-racist future. Get the bundle here: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/be-the-change-american-library-association-books
These books offer inspiration and education for helping our communities celebrate diversity and embrace positive change. Your support will help FTRF, ALA, and Spectrum Scholars raise the funds we so urgently need to serve our profession and our patrons. We hope nobody misses out on this important bundle.”
Don’t miss your chance to own this spectacular, one-of-a-kind book bundle! The Humble Book Bundle: Be the Change Supporting the American Library Association lasts through February 8, 2021. Get ebooks and audiobooks like Falling in Love With Hominids, Neveryona, and This Book is Anti-Racist.
ArLA has created a vaccination form letter for inclusion of library workers in group 1B. You can find it on the ArLA COVID-19 Library Resources page or directly at ArLA1BVaccinationFormLetter.pdf. Alternatively, you can send an email to ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov.
Help A Library Worker Out Fund (HALO)
Here's some information about a fund to help library workers during the current pandemic. The parent organization is not an affiliate of the Arkansas Library Association and this is just informational.
The EveryLibrary Institute is fundraising to support library workers, librarians, and staff who are facing unexpected financial difficulties because of the Coronavirus economic slowdown…Your tax-deductible donation will be bundled-up and will go to qualified library workers, librarians, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries who need help with household expenses and other needs. For more information, go to https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/halo.
2021 Pets of ArLA Calendar
The 2021 Pets of ArLA Fundraiser calendar is ready to order!
Order your calendar at https://arlib.org/event-4094867.
In order to save on shipping, we recommend you have your calendar sent to your library if possible. Also, we're only accepting online payments at this time. Regardless of what shipping you choose, the cost of the calendar is $15. Funds raised will go to the ArLA operating fund.
We wanted to include as many pets, library types, and library workers as possible - so the cover of the calendar isn't indicative of the photos for each month! The specific monthly pets will be a surprise.
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
ArLA Executive Board Statement on the U.S. Capitol Breach
8 Jan 2021 7:26 PMRonald Russ (Administrator)
Statement from the Executive Board following the U.S. Capitol Breach on January 6, 2021
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 http://mail.arlib.org/mailman/listinfo/arklib-l_arlib.org. You can also use that page for maintaining your subscription.