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Contact Name: 
Ms. Carolyn Ashcraft
Contact Title: 
State Librarian
State Library Address: 
Arkansas State Library
900 W. Capitol, Suite 100
72201-3108 Little Rock , AR
+1 501 682 1526
+1 501 682 1899
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The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Carolyn Ashcraft

“Improvements in our technological infrastructure enhance services for our library users and give us the opportunity to offer virtual continuing education programs for our staff—a valuable dual advantage. Education for the public and staff will include a traveling ‘tech petting zoo’ for hands-on experience with new devices.”

-- Arkansas State Library

Project Examples

Arkansas Center for the Book
The Arkansas State Library's Center for the Book encourages reading and writing. It also protects Arkansas's rich literary heritage by preserving and promoting literature.  Center of the Book programming targets all age ranges.  In Letters about Literature, fourth through tenth grade students compete in a writing contest. Other activities serve both adults and students. For example, the Book Club Project provides multiple copies of books for both student and adult book clubs in public libraries and schools across the state. Cultural and literary heritage activities also speak to all ages in the hope of perpetuating the value of the written word and its impact upon all generations.
IMLS Funds: $28,024.00

Library for the Blind
Grant funds at the Arkansas State Library helped provide a non-print public library service to Arkansans who are unable to use standard print material due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. It provides daily circulation of books and magazines in recorded and Braille formats. It also includes free access to downloadable books in audio and Braille formats through the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) Braille and Audio Book Reading Download (BARD) program. All books and equipment are mailed to patrons free of charge. Reader Advisory and reference/referral services are provided to patrons, family members, teachers, public libraries, and other interested parties. Services to patrons include the support of recreational reading, school book-list titles, accelerated reading lists, book clubs, and basic reference. The project also provides information on disabilities and referral services to libraries, state agencies, volunteer organizations, and interested citizens.
IMLS Funds: $127,461.00

Technology and E-Rate Support
The Arkansas State Library helped libraries statewide acquire broadband Internet through the Coordinator of E-Rate Services and the Coordinator of Technology Support. The coordinators helped extend broadband coverage to public libraries. The position of Coordinator of E-Rate Services works to encourage participation, provide training and guidance, and assist libraries in the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as "E-Rate." By applying for discounts on telecommunications services, libraries are able to use their resources to keep pace with current and emerging technologies. Another postion, Coordinator of Technology Support, serves as an information technology consultant for public libraries in Arkansas. The coordinator offers advice and assistance in technology matters as well as teaching sessions and classes to librarians and the public.
IMLS Funds: $71,863.00

Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

View the IMLS funding by state report - Arkansas (PDF) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Enhance access to information for lifelong learning for all Arkansans. The Arkansas State Library supports lifelong learning for all Arkansans by expanding access to information resources of all types through digitization, preservation, maintenance of collections; and by maintaining, improving, and creating new models of access to those resources.

  • Projects include:
    • Arkansas Center for the Book
    • Collection management, including acquisition and cataloging
    • Digital services, including digitization
    • Information services, including reference and interlibrary loan
    • Traveler Statewide Database project

Goal 2: Provide training and professional development to the state’s library workforce. The Arkansas State Library provides training and professional development, including continuing education, to improve skills, promote leadership, and enhance recruitment efforts within the profession, with an overall aim of advancing the delivery of library services.

  • Projects include:
    • Children’s Services Workshop
    • Continuing education
    • Library consulting services

Goal 3: Provide programs and services to targeted audiences. The Arkansas State Library strives to enrich the lives of Arkansans through programs and services that address the needs of targeted audiences with difficulties using a library.

  • Projects include:
    • Library for the Blind
    • Summer Reading Program

Goal 4: Enhance the technological environment of Arkansas libraries. The Arkansas State Library enhances the technological environment of Arkansas libraries by providing IT consultation services and facilitating opportunities for the testing/implementation of new and emerging technologies.

  • Projects include:
    • E-Rate support and training
    • IT support and management for the Arkansas State Library
    • Technology support and training, especially for small, rural libraries

IMLS Data Collection

State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Libraries Survey
The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Explore state profiles representing more than 9,000 public library systems and over 17,000 public library outlets.

Content last reviewed on
January 23, 2019