August 2017 Edition

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

  • A Message from the State Librarian
  • Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Training
  • SGIA-C Funding Available
  • New Military/Veteran Resource Match Tool
  • World Book Teaches Students Research Skills
  • Libraries Ready to Code Accepting Applications through August
  • New FRANK Talks Topics Available
  • Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Webinar
  • Mind in the Making Training
  • Read On Arizona Literacy Summit August 29th
  • Apply to be an AmeriCorps Partner Site
  • Access the State Bar Online for Legal Information
  • Updated Learning Express URL
  • August CE Events
  • New Infopeople Courses

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has as its mission “to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.”  IMLS provides “leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.”

In addition to the Grants to State Program that allows state libraries such as ours to supplement state funding to provide statewide services and subgrants to libraries across the state, IMLS has other grant programs.  IMLS has recently announced funding opportunities for National Leadership and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants.

The NLG program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives. This call for preliminary two-page proposals has a deadline of September 1, 2017, for both programs. Visit the IMLS website for more about funding criteria, informational webinars and deadlines and consider applying!

Recent incidents such as the wind damage, flooding, and temporary closure of Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, the loss of McNary Community Library due to fire, and widespread wildfire and flooding issues across the state underscore the necessity for solid disaster mitigation and recovery plans. Even with preparation and recovery  plans in place,  disaster is devastating.  Libraries may not be directly impacted by disasters in their areas, but they can often provide important resources for resiliency and recovery as the community grapples with immediate threats and disasters.

Don Byrne, a nationally-recognized expert on risk management, community resiliency, and business agility, assisted the New Jersey State Library in creating disaster preparedness tools, checklists, and workshops for libraries in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He also recently co-led a full-day disaster preparedness and community resiliency workshop for the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how crises unfold and the valuable roles librarians play in helping communities manage disasters.
  • Step through the development of a disaster recovery plan for their facility.
  • Learn when and how to use various checklists and other tools to prepare for future disasters.
  • Learn how to budget for a disaster so that resources will be available to assist in community recovery.
  • Receive help in creating strategies for dealing with the operational challenges that arise during and shortly after a disaster.
  • Learn how to work with local emergency management explaining the role libraries have in promoting community resiliency.

Library Friends, Board Members, and emergency management are welcome to register and attend. Workshops will be held in Prescott Valley, Payson, St. Johns, and Sierra Vista. Attendees are recommended to bring a laptop for the workshop.

Public libraries with construction projects are invited to apply for State Grants-in-Aid funds.  
Libraries may apply for up to $100,000 with a 1:1 cash match provided from the library or its administrative agency.  Funds for this program are awarded on a competitive basis.  Please review the Construction Guidelines before submitting your application.

The application process is in two stages. The Intent to Apply must be submitted by Saturday, September 30, 2017.  The State Library will invite a number of applicants to complete a full application for funding. 

Please contact Jaime Ball if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your construction project ideas!

Libraries can play a key role in connecting service members, veterans and their families to benefits and resources available online, statewide and locally. A brand new online resource called the Military/Veteran Resource Network Match Tool is now available to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources and opportunities available in Arizona. Think of it as an online matchmaking platform. It was created by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families and their partners.

This is also a great time for libraries to become a part of the Mil/Vet Resource Network.

Learn how to CAREConnect to the Culture, Ask the Right Questions; Respond Effectively; Engage in the Military/Veteran Community by taking a Resource Navigator training. This training is the first step to becoming a partner in the Mil/Vet Resource network. There’s a training scheduled for September 5 at 10 AM at the Tempe Public Library. Follow this link to register. If you would like to schedule a training in your own community, please contact Jaime Ball for more information.

It's back to school for students this fall, and for many families, that means reports and research papers.  When that research paper comes looming, students often turn to libraries for help.  World Book has a resource to help--Research Skills for Students. These online learning modules guide students through the research process, from planning the research to evaluating sources, all the way to the presentation.

Each module identifies learning goals for students, includes video clips from librarians, and incorporates interactive activities to help students learn and retain knowledge along the way.  And because the lesson is conducted in World Book, the students have a wealth of resources at their fingertips to explore as they learn research skills, including the same information found in The World Book Encyclopedia.

Research Skills for Students is available in World Book Student and World Book Discover. World Book Student is designed for students in middle school, and World Book Discover is designed for students in high school.  World Book also offers products for early learners, elementary school students, and college students.  You can view the entire World Book database package on the State Library's website.

Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.

ALA is accepting grant proposals of up to $25,000 to join a cohort of libraries that will 1) implement CT or CS programming for and with youth via their library; and 2) collaboratively develop a Ready to Code toolkit with the goal of enabling any library, regardless of geography, expertise, or affluence to deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth.

Applications are due August 31st.

Arizona Humanities has announced its new selection of FRANK Talks topics!   FRANK Talks are free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussion where 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 are free for approved library applicants and libraries can book unlimited FRANK Talks per cycle.

The new topics for the October 1-March 30 cycle are

  • Energy in an Uncertain World with Dr. Jennifer Richter
  • "Fake News": The Impact of Fake News in the Real World with Jamie Bowen
  • Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow with Dr. T.J. Davis
  • Is This Racist? Racial Literacy and Social Media with Dr. Kathy Nakagawa
  • Local Democracy and Politics in Education: Does it help or hinder student achievement? with Dr. Carrie Sampson
  • Mothering & Conversations on Reproductive Health with Dr. Kathy Nakagawa
  • School Choice in Arizona with Dr. Angelina Castagno
  • Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework with Dr. T.J. Davis
  • Weaponized Narrative: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace with Dr. Braden Allenby
  • What is racial disproportionality in schools and why does it matter? with Dr. Angelina Castagno

Libraries can apply to host FRANK Talks through the Arizona Humanities' grant portal.

Too often libraries look at volunteer engagement as something that's nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our library's success. In this session we'll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and your library's mission. You'll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their library's story of volunteer engagement. 


This webinar is part of a 3 year Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program award for the project "The Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi-State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement." 

This webinar will be recorded and made available for on demand viewing on the Get Involved Clearinghouse.

In this training, the Seven Essential Life Skills: Focus and Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges and Self-Directed, Engaged Learning are introduced to participants through a three day workshop. Each day is a combination of engaging activities, informational powerpoint slides and child development research videos. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will feel confident in their understanding of the seven essential life skills and ways in which they can support children and families' learning and practice in these life skills.

  • We begin by engaging library staff in an experiential process of self-reflection and self-discovery where they experience their own competence in each of the Skills, probe why the Skill is important in their own lives and take responsibility for proposing strategies to improve the Skill in themselves.
  • We then connect the adults’ experiences to the research on the Skill in children’s lives—why it is important and how it can be promoted—through videos that present the most respected and compelling child development research on the Skill in an accessible way.
  • We provide specific evidence-based activities that participants can use to promote the Skill in children.
  • Each participant then makes specific plans to promote the Skills in themselves and in children.

August 30                     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

August 31                     8:30 am - 4:30 pm

September 1                 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Please only register if you are available to attend all three days.  

The First Things First (FTF) Early Childhood Summit brings together professionals, stakeholders and supporters of early childhood education and health to share innovative strategies, research and best practices that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

The Read On Arizona Literacy Summit will be held on the second day of the summit on August 29 at 2:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.  The Literacy Summit will highlight the importance of early literacy, its long-term impact on communities and our state, and the critical steps to making third grade reading proficiency a reality for Arizona's children.

There is no cost to attend the Read On Arizona Literacy Summit, but registration for the FTF Early Childhood Summit is required.  Be sure to register by August 20th to avoid late registration fees.

ARCC AmeriCorps program is a new project and resource to Arizona through the Civic Service Institute at Northern Arizona University. ARCC AmeriCorps is a statewide program focused on assisting Arizona high school aged youth and their families with college and career readiness.  

Partner sites host ARCC AmeriCorps members, who can perform a variety of assignments related to assisting prospective college students and their families prepare for a postsecondary education. Americorps is currently recruiting partner sites for the 2017-2018 program year.

While the priority deadline for 2017-2018 has passed, applications to host an Americorps member at a partner site will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the next deadline being September 1st.  Still interested but not able to make the September 1st deadline?  Now is a great time to begin planning a submission for next year.  A prospective partner webinar is available online, and further information can be requested by email.  

Law touches almost all areas of our lives, and can be quite complicated. Issues can arise when purchasing a car or renting a house, drafting a will or planning to ensure that loved ones are cared for after the unexpected passing of a family member, and there are many sources one can consult for assistance. One of the first sources to look is the State Bar of Arizona’s website. The State Bar of Arizona exists to ensure that attorneys meet the ethical and competency standards to best serve the citizens of Arizona, and is overseen by the Supreme Court. On their website, users can find information to help them decide whether or not they may need to consult with a private attorney, tips for how to best communicate with an attorney, and basic information  and FAQ’s on topics such as child custody, estate planning, and employee rights.

On August 10, 2017, LearningExpress Library will implement secure browsing using HTTP Secure (HTTPS) and SSL. This provides greater security than the current HTTP format. 

How will this change take place?

All LearningExpress URLs will be redirected from HTTP to HTTPS. The redirect will accommodate any existing links, so when an end user types HTTP or comes in via an existing HTTP link, they will be redirected seamlessly to HTTPs. LearningExpress customers will not need to update any of their existing links.

August 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 State of Arizona Research Library, the Arizona Talking Book Library, and E-Rate.  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 Services
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Library Services