UALR, Central Arkansas Library System launch ArkReach

Library patrons will benefit from the latest partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).

Through ArkReach, a new joint online program, UALR staff and students can use their university-issued library cards to borrow and return select materials from CALS without ever visiting one of the system’s branches. Similarly, CALS patrons can reserve and receive UALR materials without setting foot on campus.

“No longer will CALS patrons have to place interlibrary loan requests and then wait to borrow books from UALR,” said Carol Coffey, head of CALS’ Library Resources and Digital Services. “ArkReach will allow them to place holds on the UALR materials themselves and receive the books in just a few days as easily as they receive books from other CALS branches.”

The program increases the accessibility of materials like fiction, videos, and CDs for UALR’s faculty and students, while giving CALS patrons an opportunity to reserve some scholarly materials unique to UALR. It’s available through the online catalog of both institutions.

“We are pleased that ArkReach will expand our partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System and enhance our commitment to our students, faculty, and university community,” said Deborah J. Baldwin, associate provost of UALR Collections and Archives.

“In times of increased materials costs, partnerships like this one offer a smart way to expand the institutions’ already rich collections.”

While the program currently is a partnership between the two institutions, those involved hope to extend its scope — and its benefits — throughout the state of Arkansas by welcoming other library systems in the future.

The official launch of ArkReach coincides with another cooperative effort of the institutions: CALS Library Card Day at Ottenheimer Library on the UALR campus.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, UALR students and staff can sign up at the campus library for a CALS card. The card entitles users to free online access to music, movies, magazines, TV programs, eBooks and audiobooks as well as the entire CALS collection.

On Thursday, CALS staff members will demonstrate the online features available through its network, and Ottenheimer staff will provide demonstrations of ArkReach.

UALR is a metropolitan research university that provides a quality education through flexible learning and internship opportunities. In addition to its main Little Rock campus, 2801 S. University Ave., the university includes the William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., Little Rock, and the UALR Benton Center, 410 River St., Benton.

The Central Arkansas Library System has 14 branches in Pulaski and Perry counties. CALS libraries in Little Rock include:  Main Library, 100 Rock St.; Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th St.; Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road; Fletcher Library, 823 North Buchanan St.; McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road; Oley E. Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court; Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive; Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle; and Williams Library,1800 Chester St.

CALS libraries in surrounding communities include: Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Ave, Perryville; Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Drive, Maumelle; Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., Jacksonville; Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood; and Millie M. Brooks Library, 13024 Highway 365 S., Wrightsville.

For more information, contact the UALR Ottenheimer Library at 501-569-3123.

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Ottenheimer librarian named to federal advisory council

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has named a University of Arkansas at Little Rock Ottenheimer librarian a member of its Depository Library Council.

AssociateKaren Russ Professor Karen Russ, research and community engagement librarian at UALR, was appointed as one of five new members to the council serving a three-year term that begins June 1.

Council members advise GPO Director and Chief Executive Officer Davita Vance-Cooks on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP was established by Congress to ensure the public has access to government information.

In addition to experience working in various types of libraries, Russ and her fellow council members are knowledgeable of current developments in library science and government information, Vance-Cooks said in a recent news release.

“Their advisory role on issues facing our nation’s federal depository libraries will be invaluable to me,” said Vance-Cooks.

Russ is known throughout the state and region for her leadership in marketing Federal Depository Library Program services and for her scholarship and presentations on government information.

She has also worked closely with GPO as an advisor for “Ben’s Guide to Government Information.” Russ is the recipient of multiple awards from the Arkansas Library Association.

“I am very proud to be the first representative from Arkansas in the 50-plus years of the council and its predecessor’s existence,” Russ said. “I look forward to enlarging and preserving the public’s access to information from agencies of the federal government,” she said.

UALR’s Ottenheimer Library was also one of the two Federal Depository Libraries of the Year in 2014.