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  • 28 Nov 2017 11:18 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Advocacy Alert: Net Neutrality

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    What Happened:

    The day before Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai publicly shared his plan to dismantle network neutrality protections approved by the FCC in 2015 and affirmed by the federal appeals court in 2016. The new draft order is scheduled to be voted on by the five FCC commissioners on December 14.

    Why It Matters:

    Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all legal content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites. Strong, enforceable rules are critical to the functioning of modern libraries because we rely on the internet to collect, create and disseminate essential online information and services to the public. Libraries and our patrons cannot afford to be relegated to "slow lanes" on the internet. ALA has two resolutions regarding net neutrality: the first affirms net neutrality and the second reaffirms our support.

    What You Can Do:

    Right now, the FCC is not accepting public comments (that may come later), but strong disapproval from members of Congress (especially from Republicans and those that serve on committees with oversight for the FCC) could force a pause in the December 14 vote to derail net neutrality. Make your voice heard now by emailing your member of Congress to support net neutrality protections.

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  • 2 Nov 2017 2:18 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Do you know the next ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year winner? 

    ACRL is now accepting nominations for the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

    The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, comes with a plaque and a $5,000 award. 

    Electronic submissions are required. Applicants must submit a nomination form and supporting documents via email to Chase Ollis,  Nominations must be received by December 1, 2017, to receive full consideration.

    For more information about the criteria and nomination process visit  For questions contact ACRL staff liaison, Chase Ollis at, or committee chair, Jennifer Fabbi at

  • 2 Nov 2017 2:05 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ALA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

    Up to 15 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator.

    Read the full project guidelines and apply online by January 2, 2018.

    The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.

    Since the program’s inception, 185 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

    American Dream libraries build replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies, and provide annotated lists of vetted resources for libraries across the country. ALA shares the libraries’ successes and strategies through the website, on webinars, and at state, regional and national conferences.

    The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

  • 5 Oct 2017 2:51 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2017 Arkansas Library Association Award Winners:


    Adult Non-fiction: Rex Nelson, Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder

    Adult Fiction: Sanderia Faye, Mourner’s Bench

    Juvenile: Ali Welky, A Captive Audience: Voices of Japanese American Youth in World War II Arkansas

    Frances P. Neal  Award : Gwen Khayat

    Distinguished Service Award: Eva White

    Retta Patrick Award: Stony Evans

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award: Shawn Manis

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award: Jerrie Jones Townsend

    Ann Lightsey Children’s Librarian Award: Brittany Tavernaro

    Rising Star Award: Sandy Doss

    Emerging Leader Award: Sarah Gowdy Herford

    Scholarship: Allison Lightfoot

  • 19 Sep 2017 2:55 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    This award is presented by the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). 

    This grant is awarded to provide librarians and paraprofessionals from under-represented groups new to the metadata field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level.  The grant is to be used for airfare, lodging, and registration fees to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The award consists of $1,000, donated by Netanel Ganin, and registration to the next Annual Conference. Eligible applicants may apply more than once. Winners will be chosen based on: evidence of or interest in a career as a library metadata specialist as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) past coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications; candidate’s written justification for the grant in terms of commitment to and interest in metadata-related work; identification with an under-represented group; letter(s) of reference; and a vita.

    Send nominations to:  Jeannette Ho (, chair, Chan Professional Development Jury.

    The deadline is December 1st.

    Visit the Chan Professional Development  Grant web page   ( for more information.

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