June 2023
A Message from the State Librarian
Law4AZ Logo - Making Law Accessible in Arizona

This month, I’d like to spotlight the work of Law4Az, a program launched with the support of federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, that increases access to justice by connecting people to legal information through their public libraries.
Arizonans face a variety of legal issues and hurdles to getting legal help. Civil legal issues might involve domestic violence, veterans’ benefits, disability, housing, health care, or divorce and child support. In the past year, 71% of low-income households experienced at least one of these, while 86% of those received inadequate or no legal help. In 2017, low-income Americans sought help from the Legal Services Corporation for 1.7 million problems that did not receive adequate assistance due to a lack of resources. The access to justice gap is even broader. An estimated 80% of middle-class households can’t afford a lawyer to help with their legal problems. Some 70% or more of the parties in Arizona’s county courts represent themselves, without the assistance of a lawyer.
Public libraries can help! Since libraries are trusted, welcoming spaces, the Law4AZ program trains library staff to help their customers access legal information and to refer them to additional resources that are available. Learning group members complete four online learning modules, each requiring two to three hours of preparation. Interspersed with the modules are five Zoom sessions facilitated by law librarians to provide Arizona-specific information, resources, and guidance on answering questions, and to build a professional network among the learning group participants.
Special thanks to Martha McConnell, Law Librarian at the Research Library branch, for her leadership with this important program. Law4AZ is now scheduling future training programs with new learning groups. If you would like to participate, please complete this application.

Holly Henley
State Librarian & Director
Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Training OpportunitiesWebinar Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


June 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

June 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

June 13, 3:00pm - 3:30pm

June 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 15, 8:00am - 9:00am

June 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Note: This webinar will be presented in Spanish. The English Language program of this topic will be presented in August 2023.

June 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 29. 12:00pm - 1:00pm


July 5, 2:00, 11:00am - 12:00pm

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

July 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

July 18, 2023 11:00am-12:00pm

July 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm

July 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
AMPlify Your Research Webinar Series
Are you ready to take your research skills to the next level? Look no further than the Arizona Memory Project (AMP) and the State of Arizona Research Library's "AMPlify Your Research" sessions! 
Join us for these free, 30-minute Zoom sessions where you can learn how to access and explore various content types available on AMP: 
Ready to AMPlify your research? Register today https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/starl 
ARSL Scholarship Applications Due June 15
The Arizona State Library will pay for the registration costs and reimburse travel expenses for three public library staff to attend the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) conference taking place in Wichita, Kansas from September 20-23, 2023.
  • Early Bird Registration: $290 paid in advance by the State Library
  • Scholarship: Up to $1,250 reimbursed after the event, paid either to the traveler or their employer

To be eligible to apply, you must:
  • Work in a small or rural public library in Arizona
  • Have not previously received a scholarship this year (October 2022 – September 2023)
  • Abide by the other conditions for receiving a State Library scholarship
  • Submit the application form by Thursday, June 15

Applications will be evaluated based on the eligibility requirements and the answers to the questions on the following page. Awardees will be notified by Monday, June 19.
Scholarships are funded with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and may be granted only when federal funds are available.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Kummen (mkummen@azlibrary.gov).
To apply, please complete this form: https://azsos.libwizard.com/f/arsl2023
AzLA Service Award Nominations Due
August 11
Each year AzLA gives Service Awards to individuals and groups making a difference in Arizona libraries. This year the committee is offering new Service Awards to be more inclusive of all library workers and the diverse library communities they serve.
AzLA Membership is not required to nominate or receive an AzLA service award.
These awards are presented at the AzLA Awards Luncheon at the Annual Conference.
Categories include:
•         Emerging Leader Award
•         Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
•         Excellence in Special Libraries Award
•         Excellence in Tribal Libraries Award
•         Extraordinary Program Award
•         Follett School Librarian of the Year Award
•         Innovator Award
•         Library Leadership Award
•         Library Volunteer of the Year Award
•         Newton & Betty Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award
•         Outreach Services Award
•         Outstanding Adult Services Award
•         Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator Award
•         Outstanding Young Adult Services Award
•         Outstanding Youth Services Award
•         Sharon G. Womack Outstanding Library Technician Award
•         Louise A. Stephens Memorial Scholarship

Deadline to submit nominations is August 11, 2023. For more information, visit the AzLA Service Awards page.
Connect Arizona's New Summer Hours
Connect Arizona’s Digital Navigators are expanding their hours!
Starting June 5th, Arizonans will have access to one-on-one tech help, troubleshooting, tutoring, and ACP enrollment help Monday-Friday 9am to 8 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm.

Thank you for continuing to share this resource with your patrons. Newly updated flyers are available on Connect Arizona’s Google Drive.
Please contact Erin Lorandos (elorandos@azlibrary.gov) with any questions!
Grants and Awards
Connect with Library of Congress Primary Sources
The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program offers grants to a wide spectrum of organizations that plan to integrate the Library’s resources into educational programs and teaching materials. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and TPS regions award grants of up to $25,000 for projects designed to deliver educational programming centered on resources made available by the Library of Congress. 

Visit https://sites.msudenver.edu/tpswesternregion/ to learn more and to apply for a grant. 
Training Opportunities
ATALM 2023 Registration Now Open
Early Bird Registration for the 2023 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums is now open.
  • This year's conference features: Four tours to Oklahoma attractions of significance to Native peoples, including opportunities not available to the general public.
  • Seven full-day and 12 half-day workshops taught by the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields
  • Two full conference days featuring more than 200 concurrent sessions, hands-on labs, forums, listening sessions, posters, and Round Table discussions
  • 11 FREE certificate-based Professional Development Certificate opportunities in Archives Development and Management, Building Organizational Capacity, Collections Care, Exhibits, Historic Preservation/Repatriation, Library Services and Programs, Marketing and Community Outreach, Native Arts and Culture Bearers, Oral History, Partnerships and Collaborations, and Technology.
  • Art Rush and Welcoming Reception
  • One Place, Many Nations: An Evening at the First Americans Museum
  • Closing Gathering
The conference will take place October 23 - 26 in Oklahoma City, OK. Early Bird registration closes August 1.
AzLA Professional Development Webinar:
Bottoms Up: How Early-Career Librarians & Archivists United to Empower Each Other
Finding your way in a new job can be difficult, especially when you’re confronted with brand-new requirements to move up in rank. In this interactive webinar, librarians and archivists from Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library share their woes and wins advocating for early career professional support. Staff members from disparate departments banded together to collectively figure out how best to approach an overwhelming promotion process. Under the banner of the newly formalized Committee for New Academic Professionals (CNAPS), the presenters overcame these challenges by inspiring each other to lead change from the bottom up and create a path for mentoring and advocacy for current and future library workers. Participants will leave the session ready to be changemakers empowered to lead, regardless of their role or rank.

June 8, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 PM Click here to register.
WebJunction Webinars

  • July 18, 2023 Sustainability 101. Part of a series, this webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative will introduce characteristics of a sustainable library.
Infopeople Courses

  • June 13 - July 10, 2023 Basic Cataloging and Classification (LSSC approved) This four-week online course will provide an overview of library cataloging and classification and prepare you to do copy cataloging. It is particularly focused on the needs of public library staff newly assigned to copy cataloging tasks. Through reading materials, online forums, and individual exercises, you will gain knowledge of basic cataloging rules and tools, commonly used controlled vocabularies, the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and MARC21 format. Applying this knowledge, you will be able to decode MARC bibliographic records and perform basic copy cataloging.

To register for a course, please email Melissa Kummen mkummen@azlibrary.gov.

Leadership Tips: Best Practices for Developing Employee's Soft Skills
In this one-hour webinar Dr. Benjamin Garner explores several aspects surrounding soft skills training using e-learning and video training, beginning with an overview of the five basic dimensions of soft skills. This training addresses the challenges and barriers managers face when implementing soft skills training, and concludes with suggestions for implementation.

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

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 July 10 - August 7. It is free for Network members (membership is also free).

Looking for additional e-content to offer your patrons?
Reading Arizona is a collection of fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages about the people, places, and history of Arizona.  
Best of all: it’s free for you and your patrons!  
Learn all about it on our new video on Niche Academy or read about it on our LibGuide 
MARC records for perpetual titles are available for your library to help improve accessibility and visibility. These records are available in MARC-8 or UTF formats.  
Curious to learn more? Email Yahm Levin at ylevin@azlibrary.gov with your questions and to schedule a presentation about Reading Arizona to your staff.  

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