News and Notes

Congratulations to Roxie Wright, Director of the Bella Vista (AR) Public Library, upon her selection to the PLA Leadership Academy!!

Following the review of 130 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee chose 28 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

The PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community is a program developed in partnership with the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

This career-changing program is designed to empower public librarian participants with the knowledge necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. Its groundbreaking focus develops the skills needed to work with municipal officials to enhance the position and effectiveness of the library and its activities within the community.

2016 ArLA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Arkansas Library Association Award Winners:

Ann Lightsey Children’s Librarian Award: Lisa Donovan
Distinguished Service Award: Donna McDonald
Frances P. Neal: Dr. Bobby Roberts
LaNell Compton: Sue Ann Pekel
Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award: Lisa Holiman
Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award: Rebecka Virden
President’s Award: Ron Russ

More information about the ArLA Awards can be found at