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  • 29 Jan 2018 1:43 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Advocacy Alert: MLSA

    What happened:

    At the end of 2017, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 was introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The 2017 MLSA (S. 2271) reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), showing congressional support for the federal agency. IMLS administers funding through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), the only federal program that exclusively covers services and funding for libraries. LSTA provides more than $183 million for libraries through the Grants to States program, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and Native American Library Services.

    Since this campaign began, we've received confirmation that five new Senators have agree to cosponsor MLSA:

    • Senator Tester (D-MT)
    • Senator Whitehouse (D-RI)
    • Senator Wicker (R-MS)
    • Senator Coons (D-DE)
    • Senator Smith (D-MN)

    Why this is important:

    A federally funded agency or program typically requires an "authorization", which is legislation passed by Congress providing its justification. The authorization must be periodically reauthorized. IMLS and LSTA were last authorized in 2010, and the authorization expired in 2016. Although an authorization is not a requirement for a program to receive federal funding, passage of a reauthorization sends a strong signal of support to the Appropriations Committees.

    An agency lacking an authorization risks becoming a target for elimination by "budget hawks" in Congress. With the FY 2019 budget looming, it is important for IMLS to be reauthorized.d.

    What you can do:

    Contact your Senators and urge them to show support for libraries by becoming a cosponsor of S. 2271. Tell them how your library supports the constituents of their state, and tell them how LSTA funds enable your library to offer valuable services to your community.

    If your Senator has already signed, send them a thank you note! Let them know you appreciate their support of federal library funding.

    Need more information? Check out the most recent District Dispatch post or read up on the history of MLSA.

     Send an email 

  • 11 Jan 2018 2:20 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant is an annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

    Apply now!  Deadline is February 1

  • 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

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