June 2017 Edition

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

  • A Message from the State Librarian
  • LSTA Grants Update
  • Start an Inclusive Book Club at Your Library
  • Research Institute for Public Libraries Introduces Community of Practices
  • Read-alikes from Novelist Plus
  • New Infopeople Courses
  • Discontinuation of Skillsoft Courses

The Arizona State Library  is  looking to the future and making changes that will position us  to continue to  provide excellent customer service to  Arizonans for many years to come.  A recent press release announced the Research Library’s upcoming move, consolidation of reference services at the Rosenbaum Reading Room, and a future Capitol Museum expansion.  

Want to learn more? Additional information in the form of questions and answers is posted on the Research Library’s webpage.  If your schedule allows, we hope you’ll join us behind the scenes in the closed stacks for a tour of the  inner workings of the 1938 Addition to the Capitol.  You’ll see the old treasury vaults in the Capitol basement, learn how there are eight floors in a four-story building, and see the vault that once held the State Constitution.  Registration is online on our events registration page

Questions are welcome and may be emailed to State Librarian Holly Henley or Department of State Director of Communications Matt Roberts

In the May newsletter, we shared with you that IMLS had issued a press release on May 5th with news that  federal support for museum and library services was assured for FY 2017.  It concluded with a quote from the IMLS Director,  Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, “We appreciate the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations support so that we can continue to advance the power of the nation’s museums and libraries to transform lives and improve community wellbeing.” 

At that time, we said we were looking forward to hearing further information from IMLS about the state allotment and would then notify grant applicants concerning the status of their applications.

The Arizona State Library has not yet received additional information about Arizona’s LSTA allotment.  We  will be contacting applicants as soon as possible once we know our total funding allotment  for the coming federal fiscal year.  We thank all of our grant applicants for their patience.

Books clubs are a great way for libraries to promote reading and engage with their communities. They give people an opportunity to come together, make friends and gain new perspectives while discussing a common theme. But logistically, library-hosted book clubs can be tricky. It can be difficult to round up enough copies of the books and it’s important to consider that not all patrons are able to use standard-sized print materials, so access to alternative formats is essential. For libraries with smaller collections, long holds lists, or a limited materials budget – these obstacles can seem insurmountable.

To help address this issue, the State Library considered ebook and audio book copies available through programs at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. By cross-referencing the Reading Arizona ebook collection with the titles available through the Arizona Talking Book library, the State Library has produced a list of about 50 titles that are available in both an ebook and audio format, and accessible through the state library.

Reading Arizona ebooks are free for all Arizona residents and are licensed for simultaneous access--no holds lists! The Arizona Talking Book library provides services to registered patrons with visual or physical disabilities. For information about eligibility requirements and the registration process, please direct patrons to the Talking Book Library website or have them call 800-255-5578. 

For the past few years, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) has offered immersive, boot camp experiences for public library staff to explore data collection, analysis and utilization in depth. RIPL has expanded its offerings from two annual week-long events in 2015 and 2016 to several regional programs in 2017.

Now anyone can join in the “RIPL effect”! If you are interested in public library data and evaluation, check out the new Community of Practice. The RIPL CoP is an online meeting to connect with others, ask questions, share ideas and resources, and learn from experiences across the field. There are forums and free webinars. You can also join the PL-EVAL listserv

Sign up for the RIPL CoP and join the RIPL effect!

Have you ever struggled to help a patron find just the right book to read? NoveList Plus is a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.

The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList Plus your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. Book groups and teachers find these resources especially helpful.

To promote Novelist Plus in your library, check out the resource library that includes downloadable bookmarks, flyers, and web tutorials.

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.

As of June 30, 2017, we will discontinue our subscription to Skillsoft.  Arizona library staff will have access to the site through that date. You may take courses and download certificates and learning transcripts through that date. After June 30, all Arizona accounts will be deleted to preserve your privacy. The State Library will continue to support other online resources such as Webjunction and Infopeople courses.

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