“What a wonderful, lovely book this is: a much-needed celebration of rural libraries, librarians, and readers.”

—Keith Carter, Photographer

Sabine Schmidt and Don House are photographers and writers based in the Arkansas Ozarks.

Remote Access: Small Public Libraries in Arkansas will be published in November 2021 and can be ordered now from the University of Arkansas Press.

To order a signed, personalized copy of the book or a print of any image in the book directly from the authors, click here.

About the Authors:

Sabine Schmidt holds an MA in American studies from the Universität Hamburg and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in many publications, including National Geographic and Rolling Stone. She received an installation commission from the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council. She won the 2021 Artist Award from the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Don House was drawn from Michigan to the rugged isolation and unique character of the Ozarks. For thirty years, he has been photographing the human and natural landscape of the region in powerful, rich black-and-white imagery. His images have appeared in numerous exhibitions and in publications as diverse as Woman’s World and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Buffalo Creek Chronicles, Not a Good Sign, and the children’s book Otto’s Great Adventure.

Other Schmidt and House Projects:

Sabine Schmidt and Don House collaborate on projects of mutual interest, including We’re Not Telling You Everything, a traveling photography exhibition about the Wichita Mountains area in southwestern Oklahoma.

We’re Not Telling You Everything has been shown at Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville, Arkansas; the Argenta Branch Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas. Most recently, the exhibition traveled to the Wichita Mountains for an exhibition at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

We’re Not Telling You Everything is available as a traveling exhibition. Contact Schmidt and House for booking information.

For all other inquiries, please email the artists at contact@schmidtandhouse.com.

All images and content on this site are the property of Sabine Schmidt and Don House and may not be used or reproduced without permission from Schmidt and House.

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  1. This endeavor is a long, long time coming. As a former newspaper journalist, and a 3-year student librarian at Conway, AR Senior High School under the late Miss Freida Cummings, I have personally hoped a project like this would be done to let the big city folks see the truth of rural Arkansas.

    We have a lot of academic assets waiting to be discovered. Those assets are developed by our rural, small community libraries and their small staffs, many, whom are volunteers. Those volunteers love their community.

    1. Randy,
      Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and hearing your experiences, and seeing the role you play in the community. Your description pretty much sums up the whole project. I started this endeavor with an awe and respect for libraries and librarians (and volunteers), and came back with it magnified exponentially. Thanks for being part of that journey.
      Don House

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