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Encyclopedia of Arkansas Mobile Site Wins Award of Merit

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Fans of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA) have appreciated the site's mobile version since it launched in January 2013. They aren't the only ones. The EOA mobile site has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), which is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Smart phones and other mobile devices access the mobile version of the site automatically, but readers can also see this version on their regular computers by going to http://m.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/.

The EOA mobile site allows users to access, for example, an entry on the history of a town or city they might be visiting in a format specifically designed for smart phones. Specifics that a tour guide or a teacher leading a field trip could offer are available at the touch of a screen for any tourist or native Arkansan, and will make a visit to a Civil War site, a bathhouse in Hot Springs, or the Buffalo River more interesting and complete. The mobile site was made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council (AHC), which was an original supporter of the EOA project. As of June 2013, the EOA has more than 3,200 entries and 4,200 pieces of media, which are all accessible through the mobile site. The EOA's mission is to collect and disseminate information on all aspects of the state's history and culture and to provide a comprehensive reference work for historians, teachers, students, and individuals for the purpose of promoting the study, understanding, and appreciation of Arkansas's heritage.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). It was founded in 1997 to promote the study and appreciation of Arkansas history and culture. The Butler Center's research collections, art galleries, and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute building at 401 President Clinton Ave. on the campus of the CALS Main Library. For more information, call 320-5700.