October 2017 Edition

Here's what you'll find in this newsletter:
  • A Message from the State Librarian
  • Summer Reading Statistics
  • Writers in Residence in Libraries Mini-Grants
  • Library Development Planned Training Calendar
  • Science in Context Database
  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Inmate Library Tour
  • October CE Events
  • New Infopeople Courses
The Library Services team is looking forward to seeing you at the  Arizona Library Association Conference  October 25-27 at the Mesa Convention Center.
Our meeting with the County Librarians will take place on the 25 th   from 10:00 am to 1:00.pm. It’s an open public meeting, and you are invited to come hear all the great work that is going on in libraries statewide.
We have a number of staff presenting at the conference and also invite you to those sessions. The popular annual highlighting of LSTA grant projects that has traditionally been a preconference will be a 90-minute program titled “Because Your LSTA Projects Make a Difference”.
Other programs featuring State Library projects and staff will include:
-Libraries as Partner Organizations on Arizona’s Military/Veteran Resource Network
-Metadata: Preventing a Digital Junk Drawer
-Libraries as Catalyst for Rural Community Transformation Through STEM
-Newspaper Digitizing – Perils, Pitfalls and Perks
-3 Easy Steps to Transform Your Volunteer Program
-Tech Talk: Countywide Librarians Collaborating
-Basic Conflict Management: A Mini-Workshop.
Our blitz topics will include:
-Writers in Residence
-Reading at your Fingertips
-Bringing Map Collections to Life: Geospatial Initiatives in Arizona Libraries
-Supporting Digital Inclusion in Arizona at the State and Local Level
Two poster sessions by Library Services staff will feature:
-Because of Broadband—Libraries Transform
-Using the Open eBooks App in Your Library: Pros and Cons
We know there are many excellent sessions during each programming slot, so if we don’t see you in any of our presentations, please come by and say hello at the State Library’s booth in the exhibit hall. We’ll be at #208.

Summer Reading Statistics are In!
Thank you for completing your 2017 summer reading statistics. Summer reading statistical data can be used to support management decisions, establish benchmarks and apply for grants. Want to learn how much reading occurred through the Arizona Summer Reading Program? Check out these stats!

In 2017, 133,480 Arizonans participated in a summer reading program, reading 72,543,329 minutes! If one person were to match the amount of time read by Arizonans this summer, they would have to read for over 138 years.

And because of summer reading, Arizonans are reading more and enjoying reading more. When surveyed, 70% of patrons responded that “Because of summer reading I now enjoy reading more,” 72% of patrons responded that “Because of summer reading I now read more often,” and 71% said that “Because of summer reading I want to use the library more often.”

The Arizona State Library recognizes all of the hard work that library professionals are accomplishing every summer. Thank you for all the work you do to invest in our communities.
The Arizona State Library is introducing a new mini-grant program: the Writers in Residence in Libraries project.

The Writers in Residence program promotes writing in communities by connecting local, professional authors to serve as Writers in Residence at local libraries. Writers in Residence spend time at the library during their residency composing new works and providing education for community members.

The Arizona State Library’s Writer in Residence Mini-Grant program provides funds for stipends and marketing for two (2) writer’s residencies, each for a three month period. Applying libraries will select two authors to host in their library, one for a residency from February-April and a second for May-July. Recipient libraries will receive a grant of $5,000. $4,800 is designated for writers’ stipends, which is set at $800 per month. $200 is designated for marketing.

More information, including the application can be found on the Arizona Center for the Book's website. An informational webinar is available to give more information on the program. For further questions and information, contact Amy Ledin.
Are you waiting eagerly for the What's New in Children's Literature training? Do you need to put the training dates for summer reading on your calendar today ?

Library Services is working hard to make sure you know about upcoming training as far in advance as possible.  A new page on our website, the Planned Training Calendar for Library Staff, will let you know about dates that Library Services is planning trainings, even if an event registration for the training has not yet been posted. That means if you have a particular training you are excited to attend, if you need to schedule your continuing education days months in advance, or if you need to arrange your training calendar with coworkers, you are able to make those plans farther in advance than ever before.

We hope that this tool helps you plan your professional development better. Please be aware when using this tool that these are planned trainings, and new events may be added over time and dates are subject to change.
When natural disasters and weather events fill the headlines, it's important to be able to provide customers with reliable information on these events, including scientific information. Science in Context is an excellent online database to refer your customers to.  Science In Context  is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos,  Science In Context  draws users into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. 
A new library tour is coming up on October 17 at 9:15 AM. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Library  serves a population between 8,000 and 10,000. Inmates receive monthly library service. The Inmate Library has a staff of four civilians. The library does weekly donation pick-ups from Anthem to south Chandler and Queen Creek to Sun City and brings in 20,000 donations per month. Lisa Poulin   is the Library Manager and has been in this position for 7.5 years.

Library tours are a function of the Maricopa County Library Council Continuing Education Committee and are free to all library staff.
October Library Services Continuing Education Events
October 17, 9:15 AM-10:30 AM, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Inmate Library
New Infopeople Courses
October 3-30, 2017
October 10-November 6, 2017
October 17-November 13, 2017
October 24-November 6, 2017
November 7-December 4, 2017
November 7-December 4, 2017
November 7-December 4, 2017
November 14-December 4, 2017
November 28, 2017-January 2, 2018
December 5, 2017-January 8, 2018

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 link below provides 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
Library Services