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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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  • 31 Mar 2020 9:58 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The 2020 ArLA Annual Conference will take place Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18, at the Fort Smith Convention Center. We want this to be the best conference yet and for that to happen, we need YOU to present breakout sessions on topics of interest to the Arkansas library community. Did your library do something great or survive a difficult situation? Did you create a terrific new service or program? Are you learning something new and do you think it might be of interest to others? Tell us about it! 

    Here is the link to the proposal submission form. The deadline for submitting your proposal(s) is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

    Proposal Submission Form

    Thanks everyone, and let the proposals flow!

  • 20 Mar 2020 8:36 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Here is a message from Crystal Gates, ArLA President regarding Arkansas Libraries and COVID-19:


  • 19 Feb 2020 11:23 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Association of Christian Librarians annual conference will be  June 8-11, 2020.  This year's conference is being held at Newman University in Wichita, KS.  For more information, checkout their LibGuide at

  • 10 Feb 2020 6:50 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

  • 22 Jan 2020 2:20 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Youth Services Workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 13th 2020.  Sherry Norfolk will be returning as our high energy keynote speaker! 

    Registration forms can be downloaded from the Summer Reading page in Children’s Services on the Arkansas State Library website. 

    The registration fee is $25 per person.  A full day of food and beverages are included.  Please indicate any dietary requirements or restrictions on your registration form. Everyone from your library can be registered on the same form.  Please print the form and return it with your check to the Arkansas State Library,  attention Brooke Crawford.

    The registration deadline is February 28th 2020.  You will receive a confirmation email after your form and fees have been processed.

    If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Hyatt

  • 12 Dec 2019 10:16 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    For immediate release:

    December 11, 2019

    School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), Emporia State University (ESU) is pleased to announce the new cohort in Conway, Arkansas, starting in fall 2020. This is the new addition to SLIM’s current 8 locations of hybrid instruction. The last additions were Las Vegas, Nevada and Boise, Idaho, starting in fall 2019.

    Many MLS programs are strictly online, meaning students participate in discussions, submit assignments and communicate with professors and other students online only.  What makes SLIM unique is our blended classroom approach.  This hybrid program allows students the flexibility of the online component with an interactive, face-to-face, classroom experience.

    While all courses are facilitated online for the full semester, our six core courses each have two Friday evening and all-day Saturday class weekends during the semester. Faculty teach these classes in person, allowing direct interaction between fellow students, instructors, and the regional director.

    SLIM has a long history of commitment in the profession of librarianship since 1902, and we believe we offer a great opportunity for future professional librarians in Arkansas and its surrounding areas. The Arkansas cohort’s in-person classes will be held at Hendrix College. 

    If you have any questions or would like to know more about the new cohort in Conway, Arkansas, contact our regional director, Elizabeth Hoffman, at  or 620-412-6453. You may also visit our website at .
  • 5 Dec 2019 8:02 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Arkansas librarians Nathalie DeFelice (sponsored by REFORMA) and Tonya Ryals (sponsored by ArLA) as members of the 2020 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders! This year is notable because 100% of participants received scholarships to help with costs! For more information, go to

  • 8 Jan 2019 8:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    ARKLIB-L is an online mailing list for those interested in Arkansas Libraries and related topics. It is free and open to the public. It has also been used to disseminate information to ArLA Members. For more information and to sign up, go to You can also use that page for maintaining your subscription.

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