April 2017 Edition

Here's what you'll find in this newsletter:

  • A Message from the State Librarian
  • Get Involved Volunteer Institute
  • E-Rate Reimbursement Filing Deadline May 11th
  • Veteran Service Symposium--Claim your seat by April 12th
  • New FRANK Talks Topics Available through Arizona Humanities
  • Back to the Beach Reader's Advisory Training
  • U.S. Census Bureau Online Trainings
  • Social Security Administration Online Trainings
  • Apply for Solar Eclipse Glasses for your Library
  • National History Day Review
  • April CE Events
  • New Infopeople Courses
One of the primary strengths of the State Library's LSTA Program is the ability to fund so many amazing, life changing projects.  LSTA helps rural and urban libraries alike accomplish goals that they would not have otherwise had the resources to achieve.  Thanks to LSTA we improve early literacy skills, increase digital literacy, expand cultural awareness, and shepherd new entrepreneurs.” (Arizona Librarian, January 2017)

This quote is one of several selected by independent evaluator  Dr. Anthony Chow to include in the LSTA Five-Year Plan Evaluation that he just completed.  We thank all of you who participated in the process.  The evaluation will be posted on our website after review by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

We are continuing our work under that plan, which goes through federal fiscal year 2017, ending September 30, 2018. 

The plan and snapshots of past and present LSTA projects are available on the LSTA webpage.  Additional information is available on Arizona’s profile page on the IMLS website.  
Get Involved Collaborative is accepting applicants to participate in the AZ Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute.  

Location:  Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Prescott, AZ

Date: August 22 – 24, 2017

By the end of this 2-day hands-on training, participants will gain skills in:
  • Addressing the needs and interests of today’s volunteer
  • Utilizing skilled volunteers at the library
  • Identifying what motivates volunteers
  • Designing volunteer job descriptions
  • Targeted volunteer recruitment
  • Ensuring the right “fit” for each volunteer and volunteer job
  • Screening practices and interviewing volunteers
  • Getting staff buy-in for volunteer engagement
  • Successfully using VolunteerMatch
Each participant will return to their workplace with tools and resources to apply what they’ve developed during the Institute.

Applications are available online and are due to Donna Throckmorton by May 15, 2017.  For more information or questions, please contact Donna at 602-542-6257.

The E-rate reimbursement filing deadline is fast approaching!  E-rate reimburses Arizona libraries for telephone and Internet, and to upgrade and maintain wiring inside the library, based on the National School Lunch Program discounts.  For this year and next, there is an additional $8 million funding available from the Arizona  Corporation Commission and matching funds from the Federal Communications Commission for broadband buildout into remote and rural areas. This is an opportunity to upgrade to a higher bandwidth at little or no infrastructure cost to you.

Libraries across Arizona use increased bandwidth for all kinds of programs, including job searching, GED testing, college prep, and code clubs.  The extra bandwidth can also make it easier for patrons to access the internet with their own devices when they come to the library.

Remember to apply for your library’s E-rate reimbursement by the filing deadline of May 11th, 2017.  If you have questions about the application process, contact Mala Muralidharan at 602-364-4855.

The Arizona State Library and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families are pleased to partner on a professional development and training opportunity for library staff from throughout Arizona. 

Your library can play a key role in strengthening access to information, support and resources for service members, veterans and family members living in your community.

Join us for the only statewide conference that brings together military, government and community organizations to focus on strengthening care, services and support for Arizona's 600,000+ service members, veterans & their families! 

The Symposium will include:

  • General sessions with key leaders from our military and veteran community and the launch of key statewide initiatives.
  • 36 breakout sessions across 9 tracks - all focused on increasing knowledge, skills & abilities for providing care and support to the military, veteran and family population.
  • Interactive learning opportunities.
  • Networking with representatives from the military, government & community.
  • Exhibitor fair with programs and resources to assist service members, veterans & families.
  • Continuing Education credits provided by the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center.
We anticipate our largest and best event yet this year. Don't miss out!

Travel scholarships are available for eligible library staff to attend. Please contact  Jaime Ball for more information.

The State Library has used LSTA training funds to fund 15 full conference registrations for interested library staff.  To claim one of the pre-funded conference registrations, register at this special link for library staff by April 12th.

FRANK Talks are free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing communities that libraries can host for free.  Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a single-session 75-minute program, led by a humanities scholar/expert on the topic. FRANK Talks engage participants with important issues and provide the opportunity to put them in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view. The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. Topics can include: education, immigration, religion, civil rights, and more. These talks are offered through a partnership between the Arizona State Library and Arizona Humanities.

Interested in learning more?   Register for Arizona Humanities' webinar on April 18th from 12-1 PM, where you can learn about the new topics being offered this spring, as well has how to book a FRANK talk at your library.

For further information, contact Programs Manager  Ellie Huchinson at 602-257-0335 x26.

Get your beach reads early this year at Back to the Beach: A Readers' Advisory Workshop.

This year's guest speaker is New York Times best-selling author, Jenn McKinlay. Jenn is known for her well-loved London Hat Shop, Cupcake, and Library Lover’s mystery series. Her latest novel, About a Dog, is a romantic comedy set to be released in May. Copies of her books will be available for purchase through the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

Also featured at this year’s BTTB are booktalks by local librarians Anbolyn PotterMelissa Samora, and Kathleen Sullivan and the latest takes on collection marketing by Bethany Roonberg and Rosann Santos.

Ice cream will be served! 

The Spring Webinar Series from the U.S.Census Bureau can show you how to find and use Census data for your everyday uses, including informing your business planning, supporting grant proposals and research projects, planning of local schools and hospitals, and much more! Whether you’re looking for economic or demographic data, these webinars can teach you how to get what you need for your various projects.

The webinar workshops, listed here, will provide information and computer-oriented training in various topic areas. 

Join Kimberly Yellow Robe from the Social Security Administration in a short webinar on how libraries can connect patrons directly to Social Security resources.  She will provide an overview of Social Security Administration’s online services to encourage Arizona statewide libraries and tribal libraries to place the SSA icon on their public computers creating convenient access to SSAs website. The webinar will consist of a 20 minute overview of online services and 10 minutes for Q & A.   
On August 21, 2017, a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the width of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918. Every state will have at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see the stunning beauty of totality. Are you participating in activities around the total eclipse?  Public libraries can receive free eclipse glasses and an Eclipse Education Kit when they apply online.  This opportunity expires at the end of this month. 

The National History Day in Arizona State Competition took place on April 1st.. Each year middle and high school students write essays, film documentaries, perform plays, create websites or exhibits centered around a historical theme. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”  

For the last couple of years, the DAZL team has partnered with the Arizona Historical Society to provide support and research tools for students, as well as judging regional and State competitions. 

National History Day projects are a great way for public libraries to promote their resources to students – through partnerships with local school districts, or by hosting writing or research workshops. If you're interested in getting involved, contact DAZL.

April Library Services Continuing Education Events
New Infopeople Courses

Library Development has purchased a selection of registrations for online courses offered by the California State Library's Infopeople. These courses are available to Arizona library staff on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be expected to complete your course and fill out a short evaluation form before enrolling in another.

To learn more about any of these courses, visit the Infopeople website. Before registering, you will need to email Dale Savage to receive a coupon code. Please use your work email and include your name, email and phone number, and your library's name,  library type, address and phone number and the course you wish to enroll in., 

Continuing Education Webinars
The links below provide access to free CE webinars for professional development.

Webinars listed on Webjunction are all free and available for anyone to access.

Library Services is part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State. The branches of Library Services include Library Development, the Arizona Talking Book Library,  E-rate, and the State of Arizona Research Library.  Library Services programs and activities are supported in part with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Holly Henley
State Librarian and Director of Library Service
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Library Services