January 2022
A Message from the State Librarian
Happy New Year!

One of the exciting parts for me of completing one year and starting another one is reading and certifying our annual State Program Report (SPR) to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Jaime Ball gathered and entered the information for this report on all of Arizona’s projects conducted with federal funds from IMLS. For the past fiscal year, because there was CARES funding in addition to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, 90 projects were completed and shared! Thank you to all of you who applied for grants and who managed and participated in projects to enhance the services your libraries offer. Special thanks to Jaime, who has been serving as the Grants Coordinator, in addition to her position as Library Development Administrator, since mid-July.

Another way for those of us at the State Library to stay in touch with statewide needs and services offered by libraries is with site visits. Last month, Jaime and I traveled to Pinal County, along with Ann Marie Creegan and Donna Throckmorton, to attend the unveiling of the StoryWalk® at Prospector Park, an LSTA supported project of the Apache Junction Public Library. While in the county, Jaime and I also met with the County Librarian, Alex Conrad, and toured the Apache Junction Public Library, San Tan Valley Library, and the Florence Community Library. These welcoming buildings vary widely in age, but they all have in common the very effective use of space to meet the current needs of users from all age groups.

Work continued throughout December with Quality Metrics to provide information for their evaluation of our current Five-Year Plan for use of LSTA funds. We appreciate your participation in surveys and focus groups to share what you value about this federal funding and how the State Library uses it to advance, support, and empower Arizona’s libraries. We look forward to using the evaluation results and also to hearing from you again with your ideas for goals and activities to include to help inform our new plan for 2023 -27, which is due to IMLS on June 30th of this year.

As always, thank you for all you do to serve your communities. We hope that the information in this month’s newsletter will be helpful. Please reach out to us with questions or suggestions.

With all best wishes for a healthy and happy 2022,
 
Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Training Opportunities, Wisdom Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.

JANUARY

January 6

January 7

January 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm

January 11, 9:00am-11:30am

January 12, 12:00pm-1:00pm

January 19, 12:00pm-1:00pm

January 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm

January 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm

January 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm

January 28, 9:00am-12:00pm

FEBRUARY

February 2, 12:00pm-1:00pm

February 3 & 4, 8:00am-5:00pm

February 9, 12:00pm-1:00pm

February 10, 9:30am-11:30am

February 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm

February 23, 9:00am-12:00pm

February 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm

February 25, 9:00am-12:00pm

MARCH

March 9, 9:00am-3:00pm

March 10, 9:00am-3:00pm

March 11, 9:00am-3:00pm
Highlights
Launching School Readiness Opportunity Awarded
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, awarded 50 tribal and public libraries collections of pre-loaded learning tablets and read-along picture books to give children across the state access to safe and secure educational apps and recordings of books without the need for internet access. The project is supported with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

These collections will be made available for checkout and added to the selected libraries' circulating collections. For a complete list of libraries that received the learning tablets and read-along picture books, please visit Building a New Generation of Readers. 
 
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. 
Arizona Author Series
On Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00 pm Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block, both well-known Phoenix journalists, will present an overview of their nonfiction book, Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance as part of the 2022 Arizona Author Series. 

In Driving While Brown, the authors take readers on a lively journey into courtrooms, living rooms, and the streets of Maricopa County, delivering surprising and counterintuitive portraits of a powerful, world-famous American sheriff, his supporters, and members of the Latino Resistance that opposed them. Driving While Brown is included in NPR's prestigious Best Books of 2021 “Books We Love” list and was awarded Best Nonfiction Book in the 2021 Best of Phoenix Awards. Writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books, critic Gabino Iglesias calls Driving While Brown “a chronicle of how seemingly impossible battles are the ones that matter most.” 
Schedule Your FRANK Talks Now!
FRANK Talks is named in part to honor Lorraine W. Frank, the founding Executive Director of Arizona Humanities. During her tenure from 1973 to 1989, she elevated public discourse and understood that engaging communities in dialogue was critical to the life of our state. Lorraine W. Frank passed away in 2005, and in 2015 she was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame. 

The purpose of FRANK Talks is to encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view. FRANK Talks inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship—to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully on issues that affect our communities. Topics can include education, immigration, religion, civil rights, and more.

Talks can be hosted in-person or virtual. Current topics may be scheduled until January 31, 2022. FRANK Talk topics vary periodically depending on demand and resources. Visit the Arizona Humanities website for the topics and how to apply. If you have any other questions contact Donna Throckmorton dthrockmorton@azlibrary.gov.
Arizona Genealogy Day 2022 
The Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board and the Arizona State Library, Archives, & Public Records are pleased to present their second annual Arizona Genealogy Day, a free, virtual event on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

A registration link will be shared in next month’s newsletter.

Call for Content
Do you have information about local genealogical resources located in libraries, museums, archives, and genealogical societies of Arizona? If you would like to highlight these resources, please submit a PowerPoint slide or an image to Kori Tueller, Assistant Administrator, State of Arizona Research Library, ktueller@azlibrary.gov, no later than Friday, March 18, 2022. 
First Things First Regional Council Seats
Open Across the State
Do you know someone who is passionate and determined to make a difference for young kids in your community? If so, your help is needed in recruiting them to serve as a volunteer on your local First Things First regional partnership council.

The 28 regional councils statewide are a vital part of helping First Things First fulfill our shared vision that every child will arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. The regional councils identify the needs of children from ages birth to 5 in their communities. Then they work with community stakeholders to establish priorities and determine strategies to fund. Beyond these funding decisions, the regional councils build collaborations with local partners to help ensure the most efficient use of resources and achieve positive outcomes for young children. 

The First Things First Board will make appointments to the regional councils at their May and June 2022 meetings. Each appointment is for a four-year term and the application is open to all eligible applicants. Regional council members must either live or work in the region they wish to represent.  

Regional council members must have experience in the category for which they represent, as well as the dedication and tenacity to create change for young children in their communities. What a great opportunity for the library to be at the table with our community partners.

Grant Opportunities
Learn about LSTA 2022 Grants Webinar
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Jaime Ball, Library Development Administrator for the Arizona State Library, will offer guidelines and tips for writing an acceptable Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant.  
The training includes: 
  • an overview of LSTA grants in Arizona, including the new Express Grants; 
  • tips for writing an LSTA grant application; 
  • new federal requirement for a Unique Entity Identifier; and 
  • what to expect if you’re awarded a grant. 

This training is designed especially for new applicants, but anyone seeking funds to better serve their communities is welcome! 

The webinar is one hour long. To register, go to https://azsos.libcal.com/event/8675002.  A recording will be available for registrants. 

The LSTA 2022 grant guidelines are available on https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding/lsta. Applications will be accepted online soon after the webinar.
For more information, contact Jaime Ball at jball@azlibrary.gov.
Training Opportunities
Summer of Possibilities with Will Stuck
Join the Arizona State Library for this workshop presenting the 2022 CSLP Summer Reading Program, Oceans of Possibilities. Creative programming ideas and Will Stuck's energy will make planning your library’s summer reading program exciting. 

Part 1. How to Get the Most from the Theme
Part 2. Passive Programming, Decorating & PR
Part 3. Pre-K Programming
Part 4. Weekly Programs for all ages
Part 5. Stand Alone Programs for all ages
Part 6. Q & A, Idea Share & Closing

Will Stuck is a speaker, workshop presenter and storytelling edutainer. Will has worked in the public library setting for 24 years. The last 18 of those years have been spent working in or managing Children's Services. Whether he is presenting workshops for various State Libraries, speaking at conferences & staff training or just making children laugh, Will's passion for stories, books and libraries shines through. He hails from Missouri.

Operation Allies Welcome Webinar
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites library and museum employees to participate in a webinar on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 12 to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Register here.

Subject-matter experts from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) Unified Coordination Group (UCG) will share updates about OAW efforts to support Afghan arrivals to the United States and give an overview of federal government activities in support of this mission. Libraries and museums will also have the opportunity to learn about federal resources available to Afghan communities and the organizations that support them.

OAW is an ongoing effort across the federal government to support vulnerable Afghans as they safely resettle in the United States. On Aug. 29, 2021, President Biden directed DHS to coordinate this unified operation, and in September 2021, DHS established the UCG.
Led by DHS, the UCG leverages partnerships with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement, and state and local authorities to implement a broad range of services and to build capacity to welcome Afghan newcomers across communities.

USCIS is presenting this webinar as part of the federal partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide citizenship and immigration information to library and museum professionals.
Infopeople Courses
January 11 - 24, 2022
January 18 - 31, 2022
CORE Reference Fundamentals (LSSC approved)
February 1 - Mar 14, 2022
February 1 - February 21, 2022
February 8 - March 21, 2022

If you are interested in taking any of these courses contact Ann Marie Creegan.
Conferences & Events
Arizona Archives Summit
The Arizona Archives Summit is an annual two-day workshop sponsored by the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB) with support from the Arizona Archives Alliance. This event is an opportunity for archivists from all over the state to get together, network and participate in professional presentations and discussions. Information about the sessions and to register are listed below.

January 6, 2022 Sessions

January 7, 2022 Sessions
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.
 
Capacity for this event is filling up fast. Don't be stuck on the waiting list. Register today!

Where can I find more information?

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.


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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