April 2023
A Message from the State Librarian
All of you have amazing stories to tell about your libraries and the important services you provide to your communities. Later this month, National Library Week from April 23 – 29 will be a great opportunity to share those stories that illustrate this year’s theme, “There’s More to the Story”.
The designation of a special week to celebrate libraries started 65 years ago after research had shown that Americans were spending more on radios, televisions, and musical instruments than books. In 1954, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers formed the National Book Committee that developed a plan for National Library Week with the idea that after people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. The first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" 
This year’s theme draws attention to the fact that today’s libraries are much more than repositories of print books. ALA has free resources on its website to help you with sharing the stories from your libraries about how your collections and services have impacted your users and communities in lifechanging ways.
An important component of National Library Week is National Library Workers Day, to be celebrated on April 25th this year as “a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.” 
From all of us at the State Library, we look forward to seeing your stories on your websites and social media and extend a sincere “Thank you” for all you do to enrich your communities!
Holly Henley
State Librarian & Director
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Training OpportunitiesWebinar Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


April 12, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 13, 1:00pm-2:00pm

April 22, 9:00am-3:00pm

April 26, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 26, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 27


May 3, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 10, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 11, 1:00-2:00pm

May 17, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 24, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 31, 11:00am-12:00pm
Summer Library Institute
First-Year Applications due April 14
The 2023 Summer Institute will be held from June 5 – 9, in Prescott, AZ.  Applications are now being accepted for first-year attendees. Topics covered at the Summer Institute will include presentations on Digital Equity, ChatGPT, applying for LSTA grants, and more!

This event is free to attend, but space is limited.  
Scholarships are available for attendees traveling more than 50 miles. A limited number of rooms are available for the night of June 4, for those traveling more than 150 miles.  

Eligibility Requirements: 
The 2023 Summer Library Institute is open to candidates who: 
  • are currently employed in a library serving fewer than 100,000 people 
  • are in a leadership role in their library 
  • neither have, nor are pursuing, a MLIS/MLS degree 
For more information, including a link to the application, please visit: https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/continuing-education/arizona-state-library-summer-institute

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14.  
Please contact Melissa Kummen (mkummen@azlibrary.gov) with any questions.  
2023 AzLA Conference
Program Proposal Deadline May 1
The 2023 Arizona Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 19-20 at the We Ko Pa Casino Resort, Fort McDowell, AZ.
You are invited to submit a session proposal.
  • Regular program sessions are 1 hour (45 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A).
  • Express program sessions are 20 minutes (15 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A).
Click here to get started!

The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 1. Acceptance letters and speaker contracts will be sent out in late May/early June. Please email conference.programs@azla.org if you have questions.
The 2023 Arizona Author Series is here! 
Join us for the final Arizona Author Series event of this year on Thursday, May 11th at 1:00pm for a discussion with Carolyn Niethammer about her book A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson's Culinary Heritage.

To learn more about Carolyn Niethammer's book and register for the talk click here.
These events are free and open to the public. Please share widely.  

Can’t make it? This presentation will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel

Be sure to check out STARL’s calendar for all Arizona Author Events! 
Contact Yahm Levin at ylevin@azlibrary.gov with your questions
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Check out our LibGuide and video ad for more information, including how to create an account, recent purchases, top titles for 2022 and more.
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Curious to learn more? Email Yahm Levin at ylevin@azlibrary.gov with your questions and to schedule a time for a presentation about Reading Arizona to your staff. 
Grants and Awards
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
Application Deadline April 27
Dollar general literacy foundation
Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply.

Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: 
  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs 
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives 
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs 
Maximum grant amount: $4,000 

Click hereto apply for a 2023 Youth Literacy grant. Deadline is April 27 by 8pm.  
Training Opportunities
Online Homeless Library Academy
with Ryan Dowd
This 36-course Niche Academy training addresses a number of issues that arise when providing services to people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, or suffering from traumatic events.

Topics include:
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Dealing with unwanted behavior
  • Reducing calls to the police
  • Addressing prejudicial comments from customers
  • Sexual harassment

All Niche Academy courses are free for Arizona Library staff and can be accessed by registering (or signing in) here: https://my.nicheacademy.com/asl-staff
AzLA Professional Development Webinar: Integrating STEM through Literature

Join Professional Development Facilitator and educator, Judith Lozoya in a training designed to help participants:
  • Utilize the engineering design process to design a solution to a problem identified in literature.
  • Synthesize STEM, the science and engineering practices and the engineering design process in order to inspire student creativity and increase student interest in reading.

For more information, and the link to register, please click here.
Code of Ethics for New Directors
A great tutorial for new directors/supervisors, or for those who want to revisit this timely topic, "Code of Ethics for New Directors" is available on Niche Academy. This course covers ALA Code of Ethics, Intellectual Freedom, and Property. Also, included is a section on how to implement a Code of Ethics in your library. Using “real world” scenarios and examples, this training ends with activities and handouts to share with your staff and stakeholders.  

To access this course, click here.
WebJunction Webinars
Infopeople Courses
  • April 25 - June 5, 2023 Techology in Libraries (LSSC approved) Designed as a practical look at technology today, this course will help attendees grow more confident in utilizing hardware and software to deliver users' services and save time and effort in their daily tasks.

  • May 2 - May 29, 2023 All Work is Team Work (LSSC approved) Whether working with customers on a public desk, participating in a short-term project to improve workflow or meeting weekly with a regular team, library work involves interactions with groups of people to get things done. At the same time, often team dynamics and miscommunications get in the way of effectiveness. In this online course, you will learn the characteristics of highly effective teams as well as strategies for improving team dynamics.

  • May 9 - June 5, 2023 Basic Spanish for Library Staff This course is designed to help library workers learn basic Spanish vocabulary that can help with Spanish-speaking patrons' interactions in the library. Participants will receive resources for understanding the basic information needs of the Spanish-speaking community in order to address their needs in the library while being aware of cultural differences. These resources will include a glossary of the most commonly used terms, information about gender neutral language in Spanish, and practice scenarios that are likely to come up in a library interaction.

To register for a course, please email Melissa Kummen mkummen@azlibrary.gov.
Telehealth 101: What Libraries Need to Know
Libraries in locations across the United States are beginning to offer their patrons access to telehealth services as a strategy for addressing inequities in digital access to healthcare. This class introduces telehealth, why it’s important, and how it enables people to have greater access to quality healthcare. Explore how different libraries provided patrons in their communities with access to telehealth services. This class will address privacy and ethical concerns, and review the technology and infrastructure needed to launch a successful telehealth program in your library. 
Course Objectives: 
  1. Recognize the different approaches/models to providing telehealth access within libraries.
  2. Discuss considerations such as privacy and policy for offering telehealth access within libraries.
  3. Identify infrastructure-related resources available to the library for providing telehealth services.
  4. Describe the role of the library in support of digital skills training for telehealth.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine is offering this class from June 12- July 12, 2023. It is free for Network members (membership is also free).

Conferences and Events
Arizona Genealogy Day 2023
The Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board and the Arizona State Library, Archives, & Public Records are pleased to present the third annual Arizona Genealogy Day, a free, virtual event from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2023.  
To register, visit https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/starl/azgenday23. More information about speakers to come!   
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