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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.

We hope you join us in further supporting libraries and the library profession.

The Arkansas Library Association holds an Annual Conference every year.  The next ArLA Conference will be held in Hot Springs on September 28-29, 2019 at the Hot Springs Convention Center and the host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel & Spa, 400 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs, 71901.  Look for Conference information on the website beginning in April.

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  • 11 Dec 2018 6:53 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas State Library would like to welcome Ruth Hyatt, currently our Manager of Library Development, to her new position as our Coordinator of Children’s and Institutional Programs.  Ruth replaces Cathy Howser, who retired in November after serving in that position for 28 years.   Those who know Ruth well are aware of her experience in, and passion for, library service to youth.  Before coming to the Arkansas State Library in 2008, Ruth served for nine years as the Children’s Services Librarian and the Manager of Children’s and Youth Services for the Saline County Library.  We look forward to seeing Ruth apply her positive energy and focus toward the provision of quality library services to the youth of Arkansas.

  • 9 Nov 2018 11:35 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Arkansas State Library’s Traveler Program is transitioning to a new vendor for authentication services to improve access to resources. The current URLs from Auto Graphics will cease to connect on December 31, 2018. Please replace your current Auto Graphics links embedded on your websites with the URLs from Biblio Labs. Implementing these changes now is highly recommended now to avoid any service disruption. Please contact Lynn Valetutti with any questions

  • 18 Oct 2018 1:38 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Here is the 2018-2021 ArLA Strategic Plan as approved by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting on September 24, 2018. There are versions for Microsoft Word as well as PDF.



  • 3 Oct 2018 1:43 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Check out the conference photos at 2018 ArLA Annual Conference Photos. Thanks to Richard Theilig for being the conference photographer, and for uploading all of the photos.

  • 27 Sep 2018 9:32 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2018 ArLA Award Winners:

    Ann Lightsey Children's Librarian Award - Marilyn Willis
    Distinguished Service Award - Britt Anne Murphy
    Frances P. Neal Award - Dwain Gordon
    Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional Award - Karen Pruneda
    Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award - David Sesser
    Retta Patrick Award - Ashley Cooksey
    Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award - Jami Anne Balkman
    Rising Star Award - Ronda Hughes
    American Library Association Emerging Leader - Allie Stevens
    LaNell Compton Prize - Cynthia J. Arnold, Jennifer O. Baine, Mindy F. Farley, Philip C. Shackelford, and Lauri T. Wilson
    ArLA Scholarship Winner - LaQuida Hobson

  • 27 Sep 2018 9:21 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Here is the PowerPoint presentation from Felton Thomas, Jr. entitled "Libraries Transform: The Future of Libraries." It was presented on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Felton Thomas, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Public Library.


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