February 2023
A Message from the State Librarian
This month we celebrate Arizona’s Birthday on February 14th! It’s a great time to highlight the resources of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records that help tell the past and present story of the Grand Canyon State.
Many are found online. Here’s a sample:

Additional materials can be found in the physical collections of the Arizona State Archives and the Research Library at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. These include books, vertical files containing articles, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera; newspapers on microfilm; periodicals; maps; and much more that can be located using the online catalogs for the Archives and the Research Library.
If you need assistance in helping a patron locate Arizona-specific information not available at your library or archive, please contact us through “Ask a Question” at azlibrary.gov. We will be happy to help!

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


February 8, 12:00-1:00pm

February 9, 12:00-1:00pm

February 9, 1:00-2:00pm

February 15, 12:00-1:00pm

February 22, 9:00am-12:00pm

February 22, 12:00-1:00pm

February 24, 9:00am-12:00pm

February 27, 10:00am-4:00pm

February 28, 10:00am-4:00pm


March 1, 10:00am-4:00pm

March 1

March 1, 12:00-1:00pm

March 2, 1:00-2:00pm

March 8, 12:00-1:00pm

March 9, 1:00-2:00pm

March 15, 11:00am-12:00pm

March 15-16, 11:00am-3:00pm

March 22, 11:00am-12:00pm

March 27, 10:00am-4:00pm

March 28, 10:00am-4:00pm

March 29, 10:00am-4:00pm

March 29, 11:00am-12:00pm


April 4-6

April 5, 11:00am-12:00pm

April 6, 1:00-2:00pm

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

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

April 26, 11:00am-12:00pm
The 2023 Arizona Author Series is here! 
Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at 1:00PM (MST) for a discussion with Wynne Brown about her book The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art, live on Zoom.  
To learn more about Wynne Brown's book and register for the talk, click here
Join us on Thursday, April 6th at 1:00PM (MST) for a discussion with Dr. Lloyd L. Lee about his book Diné Identity in a Twenty-First-Century World, live on Zoom.  
To learn more about Dr. Lee's book and register for the talk, click here
Join us on Thursday, May 11th at 1:00PM (MST) 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? These presentations 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
Connect Arizona and the Digital Navigators
Connect Arizona, an IMLS-funded collaboration of the Arizona State Library, has a team of Digital Navigators ready to help your library’s patrons with their questions regarding technology, tech training resources, library resources and more. Anyone from anywhere in the state can call and receive help getting online or using technology!

They are specially trained on the Affordable Connectivity Program and address the whole digital inclusion process —home connectivity, devices, and digital skills — through one-on-one support and repeated interactions if needed. For more information regarding ACP, vist: https://connect-arizona.com/get-online/acp

Promotional materials are available here: https://tinyurl.com/ConnectArizonaPromo

Feel free to print them as needed in your library and be sure to share this resource with patrons and staff!

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Lorandos at elorandos@azlibrary.gov
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!
Check out our LibGuide and video ad for more information, including how to create an account, recent purchases, top titles for 2022 and more.
MARC records for perpetual titles are available 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 time for a presentation about Reading Arizona to your staff. 
Grants and Awards
LSTA 2023 Grant Application Deadline
March 3, 2023
The grant application portal is now open, and links to all the applications are available on https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding/lsta. Also on this webpage is a link to a video that gives an overview of the LSTA grant application process. 
Before you apply, check out the new 2023-2027 Five Year Plan and be sure to read the LSTA 2023 grant guidelines. And please reach out to a Library Development Consultant to discuss your project idea! 
For more information about LSTA grants, contact Jaime Ball at jball@azlibrary.gov
Call For History and Records Grant Applications 2023
Awards of from $200 to $4000 are available in 2023 from the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB).

AHRAB invites grant proposals from non-profit, public, or private organizations for workshops, records preservation, and special projects to:
  1. Enhance access to historical records
  2. Increase citizen engagement with records
  3. Provide learning and development opportunities for students, citizens, and archivists

To Apply
Submit the AHRAB Grant Proposal Form describing your project by March 1st, 2023. You can find the form at: https://azlibrary.gov/about/boards-and-commissions/arizona-historical-records-advisory-board

 AHRAB is the state affiliate of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a grant-making arm of the National Archives. It is administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
FINRA Foundation Grant: DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 1, 2023 
The FINRA Foundation is now accepting grant applications to help public and academic libraries meet the financial education needs of their communities and foster financial inclusion. The maximum grant amount is $50,000. The first application deadline is March 1, 2023. For details, visit: www.finrafoundation.org/people-we-help/library-grants-program
For questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Robert.Ganem@finra.org.  
The FINRA Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills, and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life. For more information about FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit www.finrafoundation.org
Apply for a Great Stories Club Grant 
The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting applications for the Great Stories Club themes"Deeper Than Our Skins"and "Finding Your Voice" through March 15, 2023. 
Applicants may only apply to host one themed series and must make their selection within theonline application

Please review theGuidelines and Frequently Asked Questions before filling out an application. Applications opened January 18, 2023. 

Great Stories Club resources are available to everyone, even without a grant. Libraries are encouraged to use reading lists, discussion questions, and other resources from previous Great Stories Club themes. All materials are free. To view them, visit the Resources page

To view a list of all current grant opportunities available from ALA's Public Programs Office, visit Apply Now page.

Questions? Contact ALA's Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org. 
Native American Library Services Grants Supporting Core Library Programs 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement grants. The deadline for submitting applications for the grant is April 3, 2023.  
Native American Library Services Enhancement grants advance the programs and services of eligible Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations. These competitive grants, awarded in amounts of up to $150,000 for two years, are designed to improve core library services for their communities. 
Training Opportunities
What's New in Children's Literature
In this ALL NEW virtual seminar, Shauna Yusko will share with you virtually the best, NEW children’s books from this past year.
Practical Ideas and Strategies:
  • The best 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.

Register Today:
February 22, 9:00am-12:00pm

February 24, 9:00am-12:00pm

**Open to Arizona Registrants Only
Management Tips Training available on Niche Academy
Library managers are often overworked and overwhelmed. Especially if you’re in middle management, it can be easy to be pulled in many different directions. Fortunately, this webinar includes best practices in library management to help you feel more successful in your work.
Take this Interactive and informative hour to learn and nurture yourself so you can come back strong for your team. Everyone needs to sharpen their skills from time to time…sign-up for this program and make it your turn to learn!
You will learn:
  • Self-care strategies
  • Time management tips
  • Goal-setting ideas
  • Team-building practices
  • Recommended reads and software tools

For access to Niche Academy contact Melissa Kummen mkummen@azlibrary.gov
Transforming Teen Services through Community Voice
This workshop will address how libraries can engage with youth across the community to create a larger impact, more meaningful connection, and increase positive outcomes for teens and young adults.
Participants will leave with an understanding of:
  • Youth voice and co-creation of learning opportunities
  • Collective impact efforts and their value to the community
  • Community-led programming and the use of public participation in planning.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:
  • Review and critique current programs for opportunities to include youth voice and decision making.
  • Use community asset mapping to identify several community assets and potential collaborators and identify opportunities for community engagement and collective impact efforts.
  • Gain skills to look at program offerings from an equity perspective (who does this serve, who is making the decisions, and who is left out).

Date: February 27
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Date: February 28
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Date: March 1
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
AzLA Professional Development Webinar
Title: Coloring Between the Walls: Using Art to Expand Patron Consciousness, Create Connections, and Provide Beauty
Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Program Description:
Libraries are filled with physical materials. But what do you do when the materials are worn out or if you have an excess? How can we use them to build relationships in the community?

Karina Wilhelm, manager of the ASU Design and the Arts Library, and Ellen Meissinger, ASU art professor, have collaborated on nine annual student art exhibits at the library. With an emphasis on sustainability, students in Meissinger’s Art on Paper class are given maps withdrawn from the library and then assigned to repurpose the maps using an exhibit theme chosen by the class. The Creative Cartography partnership incorporates visits to the ASU Library’s Map and Geospatial Hub and Makerspace and culminates in an annual exhibit in the library. This partnership provides exhibition opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, introduces library patrons to new artists, and makes connections between the library and the ASU community. Chele Pacheco, a student in the 2022 Art on Paper class, will join to reflect on her experience utilizing library resources to create art.
WebJunction Webinars
February 15, 2023
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Webjunction webinars are free.
Infopeople Courses
February 21 - April 3, 2023
Core Reference Fundamentals (LSSC approved course)

March 7 - April 3, 2023
Teen Services Fundamentals (LSSC approved course)

March 14 - April 24, 2023

March 21 - May 1, 2023
Library Supervision and Management (LSSC approved course)

To register for a course please email Melissa Kummen mkummen@azlibrary.gov.
Conferences and Events
Arizona Genealogy Day 2023
Save the Date! 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!  
Call for Content! During the downtime between sessions, we again plan to display a rolling PowerPoint with information about genealogical resources located in the libraries, museums, archives, and genealogical societies of Arizona. If you would like to highlight your resources, please submit a PowerPoint slide or an image to Janelle Breedveld, Assistant Administrator, State of Arizona Research Library, jbreedveld@azlibrary.gov, no later than Friday, March 31, 2023. 
YA Summit: Spring into Library Services for Teens
The AZ YA Summit will provide opportunities for Arizona’s library professionals that serve teens, to network with each other and learn from experts.
Through a collaboration with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the Arizona Library Association, the AZ YA Summit will connect and enlighten library staff in public and school libraries on best practices for meaningfully engaging teens.
Our objective is that library staff will feel supported in the important work they do and through continuing education, library staff will be positioned to support teens to develop 21st Century Skills and transition to adulthood.

We have some great sessions already schedule from your Arizona library colleagues plus a few additional special guests.

Tuesday: Arizona Dreams - Naomi Bishop
Wednesday Keynote: Nurturing Readers in Turbulent Times: Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Library Spaces - Julia E. Torres
Thursday: A Place to Belong: Supporting Neurodiversity and Mental Health in Your Library – Ashleigh Torres and Adriana White

The Arizona State Library has purchased a limited number of registrations that will be available through an application process. In addition, library staff that require lodging are encouraged to indicate their need when they apply.  To apply for pre-purchased registrations from the Arizona State Library complete the application by the deadline of Feb. 15, 2023.
More information will be available soon, regarding regular AzLA registrations.
Connected LibFEST
Have you heard about connected learning, but wondered what it is and how it relates to libraries? Have you thought about how you might bring connected learning to small and rural libraries or your local community?

Come join at ConnectedLibFEST, a free virtual convening that will take place on March 15–16, 2023, 11:00 am –3:00 pm.

This first-of-its-kind event focuses on bringing connected learning to small and rural libraries and communities. Each day will bring together library staff, researchers, and community members to learn from, and with, each other.

ConnectedLibFEST will feature speakers from a range of rural libraries and communities across the country and researchers from diverse universities. Through participating in open workshops and brainstorming spaces, attendees will leave inspired and capable of bringing what they learned back home to their library.
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