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ArLA News Archive June 2021

Amber Gregory Named 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker

8 Jun 2021

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:

Karen Russ Research Award 2021

4 Jun 2021

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.

$15 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Grants Now Available for Library and Museum Services

4 Jun 2021

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.

ArLA Annual Conference - Call for Session Proposals

2 Jun 2021

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

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