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.
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.
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.