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  • 3 Jul 2018 1:40 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    At the first American Library Association (ALA) Council meeting during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans June 24, Councilor-at-Large Sara Dallas read a resolution (CD#41) to honor African Americans who fought library segregation. The following resolution was adopted unanimously by Council.

    Resolution to Honor African Americans Who Fought Library Segregation

    Whereas the system of “Jim Crow” laws and customs officially existed into the 1960s—a century after the official end of slavery in the United States;

    Whereas virulent racism, disenfranchisement, Black Codes, and racial segregation laws imposed a rigid system of officially sanctioned racial segregation in virtually all areas of life, including access to public libraries;

    Whereas, despite the work of African American librarians, including but not limited to Clara Stanton Jones, E. J. Josey, Albert P. Marshall and Virginia Lacy Jones, and the allies who stood with them to fight segregation, a large majority of the nation’s library community failed to address the injustices of segregated library services until the 1960s;

    Whereas, in many cases the American Library Association participated, both passively and actively, in the disenfranchisement of African American librarians, depriving them of the resources of professional association;

    Whereas the American Library Association continued to accept segregated public libraries as members into the 1960s;

    Whereas the American Library Association filed no amicus curiae briefs in any of the local, state, and national lawsuits filed in the 1950s and 1960s to desegregate public libraries;

    Whereas the nation’s library press reported nothing about the 1939 Alexandria (VA) Library sit-in by five young African Americans that took place two months after the American Library Association passed a Library Bill of Rights;

    Whereas a sincere and heartfelt apology is an important and necessary first step in the process of reconciliation;

    Whereas an apology for decades of injustices cannot erase the past, but a recognition of the wrongs committed and injustices ignored can help the nation’s library community confront the ghosts of its past: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the American Library Association

    (1) Acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, and inhumanity of racially segregated libraries;

    (2) Apologizes to African Americans for wrongs committed against them in segregated public libraries;

    (3) Commends African Americans who risked their lives to integrate public libraries for their bravery and courage in challenging segregation in public libraries and in forcing public libraries to live up to the rhetoric of their ideals;

    (4) Welcomes all African Americans to libraries, recognizing in particular those who were forced to use segregated libraries;

    (5) Encourages libraries to defend, in their policies and in their actions, the ALA Code of Ethics principle 1—“We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests”;

    (6) Will review policy documents and internal procedures to ensure Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles are reflected throughout, and;

    (7) And be it further resolved that this resolution be printed in full in American Libraries and publicized widely via all media channels.

  • 2 Jul 2018 6:43 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Close to 100 librarians and staff came to the Clinton Presidential Center today to have lunch with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress – at the invitation of Congressman French Hill.  Also present were Mrs. Colleen Hayden (Mother of Dr. Hayden), Senator John Boozman, and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.  Through the casual conversation we learned more about Dr. Hayden and the Library of Congress.

  • 20 Jun 2018 11:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

     Jennifer Chilcoat will be joining the Arkansas State Library on July 30 as Deputy Director (a position currently held by Dwain Gordon, who retires on June 29.)

    Since 1990, Jennifer has been employed at the Central Arkansas Library System.  Over the years she has held various positions, including reference librarian, manager of the Fletcher Branch Library, special assistant to the Director, Head of the Main Library, Head of Human Resources, and Construction Coordinator.  She has supervised numerous staff and managed multiple projects. Jennifer earned her Master’s in Library Science at the University of Tennessee — Knoxville in 1989. 
  • 14 Jun 2018 10:14 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The UAMS Library Historical Research Center recently co-sponsored its annual dinner with the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions (SHMHP). The dinner, held on April 12th, featured independent researcher and journalist Abby Burnett presenting on Ozark burial customs. The Society is an advocacy group formed in 1982 to support the activities of the Historical Research Center and to encourage the preservation of Arkansas’s medical and health sciences’ history. Each year, the Historical Research Center and SHMHP co-sponsor the dinner, as well as an open house in October to celebrate American Archives Month. The Society also sponsors a yearly grant program to support research in the Historical Research Center. Laura Smith, of Fayetteville, was awarded this year’s grant for her proposal on medical education and professionalization in the South after the Civil War.

  • 11 May 2018 9:12 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Dear American Library Association Members,

    The new ALA Connect has launched! How will you use the new site? To engage with your member groups? Join new communities? Share documents? Post a question to get advice from colleagues?

    Get started by logging in with your ALA username and password at Read and accept the Code of Conduct to proceed, then review and update your profile settings.

    • The new site lets you control your privacy, communication frequency, email preferences, and current ALA password. The instructions in Understanding Your Privacy & Communications Settings in ALA Connect will help you configure all of your preferences the way you want them set.
    • Only you will see your contact information unless you change that setting.
    • You can adjust your communication frequency to real time, daily digest, or no email on a group-by-group basis by going to My Profile > My Account > Community Notifications. By default, committee notifications are set to real time and all other groups are set to daily digest.
    • Fill out your profile to highlight your bio, interests, education, work history, publications, professional groups and associations, honors and awards, and more. You can set the privacy level on each section of your profile to either public, members only, just your contacts, or only you, putting your privacy in your hands.

    Connect recognizes your ALA membership status as well as all your division, round table, and group memberships. A shortcut menu takes you right to them.

    Explore ALA Connect

    • Post to your existing communities.
    • Search for new communities to join.
    • The new “My Networks” feature automatically lists members with whom you have interests in common. Use the site’s messaging feature to contact them (remember, you control your privacy setting for participating in this feature).
    • Search the Member Directory by name, organization, interests, or email address.
    • Search across all of ALA Connect from the homepage, or limit to a division or round table’s content by searching from within their site. 

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    Our Privacy Policy

    ALA is still finalizing an updated privacy policy that will cover all our web properties. Until it is ready, we want to assure you that in addition to what is outlined in our current Privacy Policy, all information you add to your profile and your activity on ALA Connect will not be shared, sold, or otherwise given to a third-party. We may use your demographic data, interests, and general activity in aggregate without any personally identifiable information.

    ALA is in the process of cleaning up old ALA Connect links embedded in the ALA Website. If you find a broken link, please send us a message and we’ll take care of it.

    If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

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