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Communities of Interest (COIs) are groups of Arkansas Library Association (ArLA) members who choose to organize around a type of library, type of activity, a special interest, or geographic area in order to further the mission of the ArLA. These groups are subject to ArLA rules. COIs are a benefit of membership and all voting ArLA members may join and participate in as many COIs as they choose. All internal workings of the COI are at the discretion of the members. They decide how to select chair(s), govern themselves, etc. The only ongoing requirement of an ArLA Community of Interest is to submit an annual report and a current contact person. A group must have at least fifteen (15) ArLA members to form a COI. Bylaws are optional at the discretion of the group (a sample bylaws template will be provided on the ArLA website to assist COIs should they want to govern with bylaws). The contact person from each COI will attend board meetings as liaisons between the governing body and interest groups. The interactive petition to form will be automatically sent to the ArLA Executive Board. If using the PDF form, email it to president@arlib.org.

Who do I contact to join a Communities of Interest?

Arkansas Library Paraprofessionals (ALPS)
Contact: Amy DeVooght, Chair

devooght@hendrix.edu

Arkansas Queer Alliance for Libraries (AQuALib)
Contact: Allie Stevens Gosselink, Chair
astevensgosselink@gmail.com

College and University Librarians of Arkansas (CULAR)
Contact: Zane Ratcliffe, Chair

czrliffe@gmail.com

Community of School Librarians And Library Educators (COSLLE)
Contacts: Quanta Wyatt

quantawyatt@yahoo.com

Rachel Shankles
shankles08@gmail.com

Library Advocacy Community of Interest (LACI)
Contact: Cori Williams
corinne.williams08@gmail.com

Making Arkansas Libraries Accessible (MArLA)
Contact: Jessica Riedmueller, Chair
jriedmueller@uca.edu

Mental and Emotional Lives of Library Workers (MELLW)
Amanda Moore, Chair
amanda.moore.dmin@gmail.com

Public Libraries & Trustees
Contact: Betsy Fisher

ccl.director@arkansas.gov

Reference & Instruction Services (RISci)
Contact: Jessica Kirk

j.kirk_arla@pm.me

Social Media & Marketing
Contact: Lynn Valetutti
lynn.valetutti@np.edu

Two Year Colleges Community of Interest (TYCci)
Tina Bradley, Chair
tbradley@asumh.edu

WMS CI
Contact: Britt Anne Murphy
johnsen@hendrix.com

Youth Services
Tiffany Hough, Chair

though@gclibrary.com

Communities of Interest Forms

Petition to Form (interactive)

Petition to Form (.pdf)

Annual Report Form

Bylaws Template (example only)

Funding Request

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