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‘Remote Access’ Highlights Impact of Libraries in Rural Arkansas Communities


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The cover of Remote Access: Small Public Libraries in Arkansas.

The U of A Press and the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History will present a book launch for Remote Access: Arkansas Small Public Libraries at 6 p.m. on November 18. Authors Don House and Sabine Schmidt will host a discussion at the Pryor Center about the book and sign copies afterwards.

For three years, photographers House and Schmidt toured the state, documenting libraries committed to serving Arkansas’ smallest communities. The result of their travels is Remote access.

Schmidt’s carefully constructed color images of libraries and their communities and House’s rich black-and-white portraits of library clients and staff join the authors’ personal essays on their experiences.

Arkansas history and culture is also an important part of the book, as the authors visited a section of the Trail of Tears near Parkin, the site of the tragic 1959 fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville. and Maya Angelou’s childhood home in Stamps. , among many other important destinations.

Remote access is part of the U of A Press The Arkansas Character series, edited by Robert Cochran. “Schmidt and House,” Cochran writes in the preface, “begin and end as fierce advocates of libraries and librarians like their human faces, impressed to the point of being in awe of their ingenuity… angry to the point of their fury. undervaluation or their mistreatment. “

The Arkansas Character series is jointly sponsored by the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies and the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

A limited number of copies will be available for sale through local Pearl’s Books at launch. The book is expected to be on sale online and in retail bookstores by mid-December.

“A signed copy of this beautiful coffee table book,” said Charlie Shields, U of A press marketing director, “would make a great gift for anyone who loves and appreciates libraries, photography or rural Arkansas. “

The event is free and open to the public, and wearing a mask is compulsory. The Pryor Center is located at 1, rue Center Est in Fayetteville. Registration is not compulsory.

About the University of Arkansas Press: The University of Arkansas Press, a division of the University of Arkansas Office of Research and Innovation, advances the mission of the University of Arkansas by publishing studies and literature peer reviewed of lasting value. The Press publishes books by authors from a variety of backgrounds writing for specialties as well as general audiences in Arkansas and around the world.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in over 200 college programs. The university contributes to new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research and creative activity while providing services to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among less than 3% of America’s colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among its top US public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student / faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentorship.