December 2021
A Message from the State Librarian
Season’s Greetings!

With 2021 closing, we want to thank you for all you’ve done throughout this year to provide excellent library services to your communities during the continuing pandemic. Your creativity and flexibility have continued to be demonstrated as you restored in-person services while retaining the most valued of the alternate service models during this transition.

As I visited Arizona libraries last month, I was able to see examples (large and small!) of how libraries used the time when their doors were closed or public hours reduced to do remodeling, painting, weeding, and other projects to refresh their spaces. Their work exemplifies principles discussed at Library Journal’s November 30th Virtual Design Institute. Architects and librarians working together recommended that in renovation projects, as well as in new construction, areas be created with moveable furniture so that the space can be used in different ways at different times, according to the needs of the community.

The Snowflake-Taylor Public Library completed a project to expand their existing children’s area and create an adjoining multi-use community room, supported in part by an SGIA-C grant. Their ribbon-cutting ceremony held on November 2nd was well attended by community members enthusiastically looking forward to making use of the new spaces.  

On November 5, the Maricopa County Library Council arranged for a visit to Arizona State University Hayden Library. Those of us in attendance were given an excellent tour of the five-story building, originally built in 1966, that has been reinvented and reopened. As described on the website, it “now features nearly double the student space, enhanced study areas, community-driven book collections, two reading rooms, a variety of research services and interdisciplinary learning labs, and an entire floor devoted to innovation.”

My final visits of the month were in Cochise County. County Librarian Amadee Ricketts graciously welcomed Library Development Administrator Jaime Ball and me as she was packing and preparing for a move of the Library District’s offices to a new location in Bisbee. Embracing other suggestions of the Design Institute, the district office and libraries in Cochise County are making creative use of existing buildings and outdoor spaces, adapting to meet changing community needs. It was inspiring to see how those projects have big impacts as we visited the libraries in Huachuca City, Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone, and Benson.  

We look forward to visiting more libraries and sharing highlights with you in 2022.

With gratitude for all you do and best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season,

Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Highlights
Launching School Readiness
with Safe and Secure Apps and Storybooks -
No Internet Required!
The Arizona State Library has a special opportunity for libraries to apply for pre-selected collections of Playawa Launchpads or Wonderbooks.   
 
On April 9, 2021, the Arizona State Library was awarded over $3.6 million in The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help "communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs.” The State Library is committed to supporting Arizona libraries in their efforts to provide informal education opportunities for all. The Launching School Readiness opportunity will provide access to digital content to meet community needs and encourage literacy. These collections are meant to be added to your circulating collection and will be especially beneficial to those community members who do not have access to the internet. 
 
Up to 30 libraries will receive a pre-selected collection of Wonderbooks and up to 15 libraries will receive a pre-selected collection of Launchpads.  
 
Apply here https://azsos.libwizard.com/f/Launching_School_Readiness by December 15, 2021. Awarded collections will be mailed to the selected libraries in January 2022. 
 
Recipients will be required to evaluate the collection by submitting responses to a brief survey no later than September 30, 2022. 
 
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 
Outdoor Movie Licensing
In response to COVID-19, Swank Motion Pictures has created a program for libraries to show outdoor movies free of charge on library property through June 30, 2022. This is an excellent opportunity for summer reading programs. Guidelines and an event request form can be found on Swank’s website.
Ancestry Library Edition
Remote Access Update
Beginning in March 2020, Ancestry Library Edition was temporarily expanded to allow remote access. After nearly two years of temporary remote access, Ancestry has made the difficult decision to end it. Remote access for Ancestry Library Edition will no longer be available after December 31, 2021.
 
For more information, please visit the ProQuest website at https://bit.ly/32DeKyU.
Connect Arizona Digital Navigators
Connect Arizona Digital Navigators are a team of library staff from around the state who provide one-on-one support to assist Arizona communities in thriving online. We serve as a free tech help hotline for all things tech including computers, phones, tablets, apps, Zoom, email, telehealth, discounts and deals on internet plans and devices. This is a free service to share with your community who may need assistance signing up for internet service, finding devices, or developing computer skills.

Navigators are available for phone, Zoom, text, or email support:
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
602-529-1519

Promotional materials are available to be widely shared here: https://tinyurl.com/ConnectAZpromo
Connect Arizona Digital Inclusion Directory
Does your library offer free public computer access? Computer skills training? Device lending? If yes, you should be added to the Arizona Digital Inclusion Directory. The directory is a forthcoming resource on Connect Arizona, a collaborative digital inclusion initiative led by the State Library. Our goal is to make this a valuable public-facing resource to connect people with the information and support needed, as well to amplify the work of the organizations doing the work. You can list info for your library by completing this form: https://forms.gle/Mi1jo2bs9rT35Bgk7
Grant Opportunities
LSTA 2022 Guidelines Now Available
Launch your next big idea with a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant! Staff in all types of eligible Arizona libraries are urged to apply for funding that improves access to information, enhances informal education, and encourages community engagement. Recently awarded projects include teen digital media programs; early literacy and school readiness materials; oral history collection and preservation; and access to XR technologies for K-12 educators.

We are expanding this year with two new Express Grants categories: Teen Connections internships and Community Memory archiving and digital preservation. We continue to offer other Express Grants, including Collection and Programming (CAP), Citizen Science, Staff Development Day, and WiFi Expansion and Hotspot Lending.

The LSTA 2022 grant guidelines are available on https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding/lsta. Applications will be accepted online beginning in January 2022.
For more information, contact Jaime Ball at jball@azlibrary.gov.
Association for Library Services to Children
Candlewick Press
"Light the Way" Grant
The ALSC Programs and Services Recognition committee is accepting applications for the 2022 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary and replicable outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovative program or an expansion of work already being done.
Applications and supporting materials are due by December 20, 2021.
For more information and to apply, please visit https://bit.ly/32tVwvy
Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit
Up to 100 public and school libraries will be selected to receive an Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit from ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to help them provide diverse financial literacy titles and programming for children and young people in their communities.
Each kit will contain:
  • The Inclusive Financial Literacy booklist
  • One copy of Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools
  • One print copy of five books from the booklist
 
For more information and to apply for the kit, please visit https://bit.ly/3CEFX0o. Applications are due by January 3, 2022.
FINRA Foundation Library Grants Program
The FIRNA foundation is accepting applications for their library program grants.

Purpose: This grant program supports public libraries and academic libraries in their efforts to meet financial and/or investor education needs at the community level by providing high-quality education, services, and resources. The program also aims to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in access to personal finance education and information.

Applications are due by March 1, 2022. Read more.
Training Opportunities
AzLA Professional Development
Monthly Webinar Series
Has the Library Ever Been Neutral? Re-examining Traditions and Expanding Boundaries in Librarianship, Catherine Lockmiller, Megan McGuire, Michelle Miranda-Thorstad, Patricia Jimenez, and Sean George

Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 1 pm
New Tech Tour: Exploring Technologies and their Place in the Library
Date: January 11
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
We live in a time of rapid technological change! Nick Tanzi, the Digital Librarian will take you on a tour of some popular emerging technologies, covering how they can be used right now in a library setting, before preparing you for the future innovations that lay ahead.
At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Understand how specific emerging technologies work, and how they can be used to enhance library services.
  • Learn how to determine when a technology is ripe for adoption.
  • Plan for the impact of upcoming technology trends.
What's New in Children's Literature
What's New in Children's Literature - Two Sessions being offered
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online
In this ALL NEW seminar, Shauna Yusko will share with you virtually the best, NEW children’s books from this past year.
Practical Ideas and Strategies:
  • The best, new children’s books published in the last year matched with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • A stimulating, high-powered presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students.
This program is for Arizona library staff only. Manuals will be available to the first 75 registrants (to be sent by mail or delivered to library).

If you have any questions please contact Ann Marie Creegan.
What's New in YA Literature
What's New in YA Literature - Two sessions being offered
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online
In this ALL NEW seminar, Shauna Yusko will share with you virtually the best, NEW YA books from this past year.
Practical Ideas and Strategies:
  • The best, new YA books published in the last year matched with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program
  • A stimulating, high-powered presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students
This program is for Arizona library staff only. Manuals will be available to the first 75 registrants (to be sent by mail or delivered to library).

If you have any questions please contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Learning-Unlearning-Relearning
Through Strategic Foresight
Join other library staff who understand that we must embrace new pathways to the future in order to succeed in the 21st century landscape of rapid change. Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School is a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and managed by the Connecticut State Library in partnership with The Futures School powered by Kedge.

Apply now to participate in a 3-day virtual professional development opportunity. Applications are due February 1, 2022 for the Southwest Cohort scheduled to convene in March 2022.
Free Webinar: Instagram Basics for Libraries
Niche Academy is hosting a webinar on December 8, 2021, Learn all about the Instagram app, including how to maximize your posts for engagement, best practices for accessibility, how to find inspiration, and how to get into Stories and Reels. Join librarian and web developer Tiffany Breyne for this practical webinar, perfect for beginner users who want to promote their libraries on this popular platform, and get into the "how-to's" of Instagram!
Infopeople Courses
January 11 - 24, 2022

January 18 - 31, 2022

CORE Reference Fundamentals (LSSC approved)
Feb 1 - Mar 14, 2022

February 8 - March 21, 2022

If you are interested in taking any of these courses contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Conferences
Continuing Education Scholarship Information

All library personnel employed full-time in Arizona libraries are eligible to apply for a scholarship to learn best practices of librarianship and provide continuing education at their libraries or to the Arizona library community at large.
To request a Continuing Education Scholarship, all applicants must submit a scholarship application and W-9 (for the individual or organizational payee) at least 60 days prior to the date of the event. For more information, check out Scholarships on our website or contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Early Literacy Summit
Early Literacy Summit 2022
ABCs of Early Literacy: Back to the Basics
February 3 – 4, 2022
San Marcos Hotel, Chandler AZ

A two-day, in-person summit with hands-on activities and insightful sessions dedicated to the fundamentals of Early Literacy in Arizona Public Libraries.
 
The Early Literacy Summit 2022 will reconnect and energize staff working with children 0-5 as we focus on the basic best practices of early literacy, parent awareness, social-emotional development, and school readiness. This will be ideal for staff that are newer to early literacy in libraries.
 
The State Library has purchased 100 seats, providing the event at no cost to the participants. Please wait to register until you have supervisor approval to attend.
 
So mark your calendars, save the date and get approval quickly! Capacity for this event will be capped at 100. 
 
Where can I find more information?

Lodging information is available on the application.

Scholarships are available to full-time library personnel in Arizona. To request a Continuing Education Scholarship, all applicants must submit a scholarship application and W-9 (for the individual or organizational payee) at least 60 days prior to the date of the event. For more information, check out Scholarships on our website or contact Ann Marie Creegan.
 
The Early Literacy Summit 2022 is a collaboration between the Chandler Public Library and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and additional support from the Friends of the Chandler Library.


Public Library Association
Conference
PLA is heading to Portland, Oregon for the PLA 2022 Conference, March 23–25!

The PLA 2022 Conference will reflect the innovation, creativity, adaptability, and diversity that has emerged in the public library field since the pandemic. The conference offers over 100 educational sessions, a dynamic slate of speakers, hundreds of vendors featuring the latest in library technology and solutions, and plenty of opportunities to explore the weirdness of Portland. Don’t miss this chance for public library professionals like yourself to reconnect with one another, recreate the services you provide, and revitalize the passion for the work you do every day.

Register now for early bird prices. Register Now (placonference.org)

Scholarships are available to full-time library personnel in Arizona. To request a Continuing Education Scholarship, all applicants must submit a scholarship application and W-9 (for the individual or organizational payee) at least 60 days prior to the date of the event. For more information, check out Scholarships on our website or contact Ann Marie Creegan.
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