July 2017 Edition

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

  • A Message from the State Librarian
  • Digital Inclusion Corps Pilot Project Partners with Arizona State Library
  • Learn a New Language this Summer with Powerspeak
  • Fed Docs at the Research Library
  • Last Chance to get the Early Bird Rate for 2017 ARSL Conference
  • Public Innovation Lab for Libraries from Harwood Institute
  • Aspen Institute Webinar on Public Library Innovation
  • New Infopeople Courses

Soon after the June newsletter was emailed, we received notification from the Institute of Museum and Library Services about Arizona’s LSTA supplemental allotment.  That brought Arizona’s  total grant funding  for federal fiscal year 2017, which runs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 to $ 3,240,303.00. 

Upon receiving that notice, we were then able to notify subgrant applicants concerning their applications, and Secretary of State Michele Reagan was able to announce that we would  award $800,000 in grants throughout the state for various library projects.
Some of the projects funded by the grant program include: coding clubs and makerspaces, entrepreneurial centers, assistive technologies, STEM and STEAM programs, resources for early learners, cultural and historical projects, and many more.

To see the complete annotated list of grant recipients, visit our snapshot page

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that the Arizona State Library is one of five state partners in the Digital Inclusion Corps Pilot Project. The project will work to address digital inclusion issues in five tribal and rural regions throughout the country, while demonstrating the value of having local digital inclusion corps members connected nationally to a supportive peer network working towards increased digital inclusion in the United States. Lessons learned from this project will inform efforts toward a substantial national digital inclusion corps.

Digital Inclusion Corps Pilot Project hosts Identified by IMLS are:

Each host has a Corps Member who is already hard at work researching the digital inclusion needs of tribal and rural communities from across their respective regions. Their projects and updates from each Corps member will be posted to the project page at digitalinclusion.org/corps. The team, led by NDIA Program Manager Matthew Kopel, is made up of: Jeff Garcie, Alaska; Nicole Umayam, Arizona; Emily Kissane, Minnesota; Drew Lauderdale, New Mexico; and Sandy Tharp-Thee, Oklahoma. 

The Arizona State Library has a long tradition of providing library services to Arizona tribal communities.  Tribal libraries have received LSTA grants, SGIA funds, electronic resources and access to a wide variety of early literacy and continuing education training opportunities.  The State Library’s commitment extends to providing a dedicated Library Consultant to provide outreach and support to Arizona’s tribal communities.

To learn more about the project, visit the website or contact Matthew Kopel at  614-465-6735.  NDIA is a program of the PAST Foundation

Help your patrons beat the summer doldrums by helping them learn a new language! With Powerspeak Languages, language learners get more out of the language they study: fluency through immersion, more appreciation of a people and their culture, and more ways to engage with the language.

Patrons can choose from 10 language modules: Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Spanish Speakers, ESL for Mandarin Speakers, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.

Powerspeak Languages has the following features and benefits:

  • Listen, Record, and Compare: Hear the word spoken, say it yourself, then compare the versions.
  • Pictures: Listen to the word and match it to the picture.
  • Flashcards: See the English word on the front, then flip the card over to see its foreign counterpart.
  • Spoken Practice: Say the word and see if you're right.

There's also a virtual coach and Powerspeak Languages allows you to learn at your own pace, providing 'More Practice' and 'Dig Deeper' lessons to increase your practice time and vocabulary in sections you want to focus on.  Introduce patrons to Powerspeak Languages and send them on their first step on the road to being multilingual.

Do you ever get patrons asking for information about the Federal Government, perhaps looking for a copy of the budget, or a record of which legislators sponsored a specific bill? You might consider sending them to the State of Arizona Research Library.  The State of Arizona Research Library is the Regional Federal Depository Library for Arizona, and has maintained the state's primary collection of government information for more than 100 years.

The Research Library has a copy of almost everything published by any federal agency or department. This includes budgets, reports, special investigations, military information, maps and charts and posters and kits. While many of these documents are only available in a physical format, the Research Library has prioritized digitizing Federal documents relating to Arizona. Patrons can access federal materials related to Arizona through the Arizona Memory Project.

If you are sending a patron to the Research Library to use documents in physical format,  remember that as of July 3rd, the Research Library is serving the public in the Reading Room at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building.

Conveniently located on 19th Avenue south of Jefferson Street (1901 West Madison Street), there is parking directly in front of the building, which has elevator access to the second floor, where the Reading Room is located.  Visitors need to bring a photo ID and sign in at the Security booth upon entering the building.  They will then  head upstairs to the Reading Room where staff will assist them.

Because we are currently packing and preparing to move the over one million library items previously housed in the Research Library at the historic Capitol, if there is something specific a patron would like from our special collections, we suggest emailing or calling us in advance so we can have items ready.

Reading Room hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday.   Online resources are available 24/7.  

The Early Bird Registration date for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries 2017 Conference is fast approaching!  This year's theme is "Libraries Elevated" and will feature best-selling authors Richard Paul Evans and Brandon Mull as keynote speakers. This year’s annual ARSL Conference will take place in beautiful St. George, UT from Sept. 7-9. Early Bird member registration is still available at $265 until July 7th. If you are planning on attending this exciting conference, register soon!

ALA’s Public Programs Office has just announced their fifth annual Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, a three-day training (Oct. 18-20, 2017) offered with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The lab is designed to help libraries of all types become more active community leaders and lead positive change.

Through discussions, hands-on activities, and collaborations with like-minded library professionals, participants will learn to

  • tap libraries' natural values to contribute to the greater good and bring their communities together;
  • ​surface people’s shared aspirations for their communities and help bring them to life;
  • convene and lead productive, insightful community conversations; and
  • become stewards of public knowledge.

Participants must register online by Friday, Oct. 13. The cost is $1,495 for the first person from an organization and $995 for each additional person. Team participation is encouraged.

For more information, visit www.ala.org/LTC/training.

Many of us are aware of the transformative power of public libraries. Yet some public libraries remain disconnected from the communities they seek to serve. How can we bridge this gap?

On July 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EST) The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries joins forces with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to bring you “Public Library Innovations: A Story of Community Engagement.”  The webinar will be a great resource for library leaders and city/county mangers interested in designing more effective strategies for aligning library services with priorities of their community.

Through a case study approach, this webinar will present practical and actionable ideas in transforming your public library and community. Guest speakers will include:

Amy Garmer, Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
Jaime Laughter, County Manager, Transylvania County, North Carolina
Anna Yount, Library Director, Transylvania County Library

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the tools and processes of the Aspen Institute Action Guide, including the three pathways (Learning, Leading, Implementing) and activities focused on a strengths-based approach to community development.
  • Learn techniques and models for engaging a broad cross section of community stakeholders to help define a vision for the library that aligns with the vision for the community, and to shape the activities that will help you get there.
  • Understand how to synthesize information and data from many sources into a well-organized plan with clear, measurable goals for the library and community.
  • Be able to identify contacts and resources for further information.

Consider registering for the webinar with your city/county manager and sharing the announcement with your network!

This webinar is $149 for members of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and $249 for non-members.  You can register here.

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 Service
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Library Services