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ArLA has supported Arkansas’ academic, public, school, and special libraries for more than 100 years. In that time, we established a state library commission, began an association publication, established salary guidelines, supported the continuing education of librarians, and protected intellectual freedom.

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  • 5 May 2021 10:34 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund  deadline for applicant submissions is May 20, 2021.

    Public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories that are experiencing substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted their ability to serve their community, especially traditionally underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

    The Fund has 1.25 million dollars and will provide grants between $30,000 and $50,0000 to libraries/library systems/districts that have seen a substantial reduction in funding that impacts their ability to provide essential services to underserved populations in low to moderate income groups.

    Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021.

    The grant funds are to support libraries through December 31, 2021. Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s).

    Library systems (municipal, county, district) and library school districts can submit only one application per system or district, but the application can request support for one or more library and /or one or more target audience across your system or district.

    The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout out from COVID-19.

    The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund Information Session | Watch the recording

    Questions? please contact


  • 5 May 2021 6:58 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Banned Books Week runs from Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021 and the grants of $1,000 or $2,500 are offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. 

    Application deadline is June 4.

    Create an exciting program, host a community conversation, or create an eye-catching display celebrating the freedom to read! Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and non-profit community organizations are encouraged to apply. Because of COVID-19, and our understanding that not everyone is working in person, we welcome entries for virtual projects this year.

    To see projects from past recipients and to apply, please visit the FTRF Grants webpage. The application deadline is June 4, 2021, and recipients will be announced the week of June 14, 2021.To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and with the press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration.

    Applications are graded on use of budget, promotional plan, imagination, and schedule/action plan.  Click here for an application.

    FTRF Founder Judith F. Krug was a fierce proponent of education and intellectual freedom.  During Krug’s lengthy career she worked non-stop to prevent censorship and protect First Amendment rights.  Librarians and intellectual freedom advocates have an opportunity to continue this work and stand up for the First Amendment by providing innovative, educational, and often fun programming to highlight Banned Books Week.

    Visit the Freedom to Read Foundation online to apply and learn more about past recipients and their projects.  Deadline: June 4, 2021.  Contact Joyce Hagen-McIntosh at jmcintosh@ala.orgwith questions.
  • 23 Apr 2021 10:10 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    Simone Kirk

    We’re honoring Simone Kirk, Star City Branch Library Manager, this month.

    “Simone truly has a heart for her community and continues to do amazing things with community programming - in-person events before COVID, and now through a variety of kits patrons can check out to take home. She is also a past president of ALPS and remains dedicated to the Arkansas library community - an encouraging voice for Arkansas library staff around the state,” according to her nominator.

    Do you know an ArLA member who is working on an amazing new project? OR someone who deserves praise for their dedication and hard work to advance the library field?

    Nominate them at for a Spotlight feature here on Facebook! Unsure if someone’s a member? Feel free to check the directory at

  • 6 Apr 2021 11:18 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ArLA Award Nominiations Logo

    The nomination form for this year's ArLA Awards is now open. You can find it at:

    This year, we will be selecting winners for the following awards: 

    Arkansiana Award - given to an author of a recent book that represents a significant contribution to AR heritage and culture; one award each for adult non-fiction, adult fiction, and juvenile (either fiction or non-fiction)

    Frances P. Neal Award - recognizes a career of notable service in Arkansas librarianship

    Distinguished Service Award - given for outstanding achievement in some area of librarianship

    Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award - recognizes an individual or board of trustees who/which has made a significant contribution

    Retta Patrick Award - recognizes an outstanding contribution to school librarianship

    Arkansas/SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award - given to a person or group for furthering the cause of intellectual freedom on behalf of an Arkansas library

    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award - recognizes distinguished paraprofessional library service

    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award - given to an academic librarian with a spirit of outstanding service and dedicated professionalism

    Ann Lightsey Children's LIbrarian Award - given to a dedicated children's librarian

    Rising Star Award - recognizes a library worker with less than 5 years of experience who has provided exceptional service for their community

    If you know anyone who you believe is deserving of an award (including yourself), please submit a nomination! The nomination window will last until July 2, 2021. You can review full award descriptions and eligibility guidelines here.   

    For more information, contact, Allie Stevens, Awards Committee Chair at

  • 3 Mar 2021 1:28 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    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 May 31, 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

  • 11 Jan 2021 11:16 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ArLA Presidential Initiatives

    ArLA Executive Board Structure 2021

    As with 2020, this year is already presenting its own unique set of events and challenges. We will continue to be faced with important questions and decisions related to how we and our libraries navigate these challenges, but through it all our mission remains the same - to provide valuable resources and a supportive environment where our students, patrons, and communities can learn and grow.

    Despite these difficult times, I believe that the future of the Arkansas Library Association is a bright one. Over the past couple of years we have seen our organization look to the past for lessons and wisdom, move forward towards progress, and chart new waters as we have faced unprecedented challenges but also worked hard to lay a solid foundation for future success. It is my belief that now the time has come for us to build on these valuable efforts and embark towards new horizons, to be ambitious on purpose, and to boldly go where our members – the hardworking librarians of Arkansas and the communities that we serve – need us most.

    Attached you fill find some thoughts that have been on my mind in recent years – ideas and priorities that I feel, as an association, we should emphasize in the months ahead. These initiatives represent important responsibilities that I will actively pursue during my time as your president, but they are certainly beyond the scope of one person’s capacity to achieve alone. It is important to remember that ArLA is NOT just the Board, ArLA is NOT just the conference, nor indeed any one group or activity that our members pursue. ArLA is ALL of us. The future is in all of our hands, and I look forward to traveling on this journey together.

    Towards new horizons!

    Philip C. Shackelford, ArLA President

  • 8 Jan 2019 8:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
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