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Public Library Consulting Services

The Library Development team provides guidance and support for the development of local public libraries and library services throughout the state of Arkansas. Consulting services benefit the Arkansas public library community by increasing knowledge, confidence, and expertise in the areas of policy development and library management. Additionally, consulting services assist library staff in increasing professional competency in both traditional library services and in new and emerging library services. Consulting services are designed to foster best practices in the library community and to develop community focused library services.

Resources

Arkansas Public Library Laws Annotated 2016-2017 Edition

How to Qualify for State Aid

Library Science Professional Collection

 

Continuing Education

 

The Library Development team provides training and professional development to improve skills and promote leadership for all members of the state’s library workforce. Professional Development Hours are available to participants in the Arkansas State Library’s Continuing Education programming.

Free online library-specific courses for all library workers and volunteers are available through WebJunction. Accounts are free and courses can be accessed anytime, from anywhere

The Library Development team is available to provide customized training for public libraries on a wide variety of topics including Customer Service, Children’s and Young Adult Services, Public Library Trustee Orientation, and more. Please contact Jennifer Wann for more information on customized training services.

Upcoming ASL CE Events

WebJunction

Public Library Trustee Training

Friends of the Library Training 

Online Snakeoil (Archived session, enter CE17 to access; Alice Jaggers UAMS April 2017 56 min)

ALL-In

May Day: Summer Safety for Public Libraries

 

Library Development Staff

 

Amber Gregory
Coordinator of E-Rate Services
amber.gregory@arkansas.gov
501.682.8576

Ruth Hyatt
Coordinator of Youth Services
ruth.hyatt@arkansas.gov
501.682.2860

Karen O'Connell
Coordinator of the Arkansas Center for the Book
karen.oconnell@library.arkansas.gov
501.682.2874

Jennifer Wann
Manager of Library Development
jennifer.wann@library.arkansas.gov
501.682.5288

Annual Public Library Survey

Please contact Jennifer Chilcoat, Arkansas State Library Deputy Director, for information about the Arkansas Public Library Annual Public LIbrary Survey.

Submission and retrieval of data by public libraries can be accessed through the BiblioStat CollectConnect portal. Authorized users will need their username and password. If you do not know your username and password, please contact Jennifer Chilcoat.

Collect Connect

 

Friends of the Library

 

Library Development staff are available to conduct training and offer advice on best practices for Friends of the Library groups. Please contact Jennifer Wann for this service.

Friends of the Library Training

American Library Association United for Libraries

Charitable Registration in Arkansas

 

Field Questions  

 

Have a question for your peers in public libraries throughout the state? Send your questions to Jennifer Wann to be posted to the public library field in Arkansas.

Arkansas State Library
900 W. Capitol, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-2053
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