April 2018 Edition
A Message from the State Librarian
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued a funding update on March 23. It stated that, “Today, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2018. The legislation includes $240 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is $9,000,000 above the FY 2017 enacted funding.” 

With funds now available from IMLS, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant applications submitted to the State Library by the March 9th deadline are currently under review. We are looking forward to announcing the awards, as scheduled, by May 1 st

For additional current information on LSTA, both IMLS and ALA update their websites regularly. 
The Arizona State Library and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families are pleased to partner on a professional development and training opportunity for library staff from throughout Arizona. 
Our library can play a key role in strengthening access to information, support and resources for service members, veterans and family members living in your community.
Join us for the only statewide conference that brings together military, government and community organizations to focus on strengthening care, services and support for Arizona's 600,000+ service members, veterans & their families! 
The Symposium will include:
  • General sessions with key leaders from our military and veteran community and a focus on Arizona statewide initiatives.
  • 36 breakout sessions across 11 tracks - all focused on increasing knowledge, skills & abilities for providing care and support to the military, veteran and family population.
  • Interactive learning opportunities.
  • Networking with representatives from the military, government & community.
  • Exhibitor fair with programs and resources to assist service members, veterans & families.
  • Continuing Education credits provided by the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center.

We look forward to welcoming our statewide community to this event for the 9th year in a row. Don't miss out. Register early!
The State Library has used LSTA training funds to fund 12 full conference registrations for interested library staff. To claim one of the pre-funded conference registrations, register at this special link for library staff.

Travel scholarships are also available for eligible library staff to attend. Please contact Jaime Ball  for more information.
Join Shauna Yusko for the 2018 version of "What's New in Young Adult Literature and How to Use it in Your Program." All participants will receive a copy of the workshop handbook at no cost.

This workshop is recommended for public library staff, school library staff, teachers, school administrators, etc., and is offered at no cost to participants.

These workshops will be held in Tucson and Scottsdale on April 27 and 28.
The Arizona Library Association Virtual Conference is coming up this week! The AzLA Conference will be taking place April 5th from 9 AM to 5 PM Arizona time. A total of 9 sessions will be offered in two tracks at various times throughout the day. A range of topics will be covered including using OverDrive, Wi-Fi hotspot lending, special needs storytimes, customer service, and more. Registration is now open, so check out the full event agenda today!
We are reaching out to Arizona librarians near and far: To rural and remote librarians who might not have the opportunity to attend the AzLA annual conference; library and information students; academic librarians and professors who teach distance students; and urban librarians who may be interested in networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities… We have something to offer all of you!

Conference Theme
The 2018 Regional Forum will feature sessions on equity, diversity, inclusion and access from academic and public librarians around Arizona. Tours of the University of Arizona Libraries and iSpace will also be available, as well as a planning session for the 2019 Young Adult Summit. We will feature opening and closing keynote speakers to set the day and bring the day of learning to a close around Libraries Transform Because Access Equal Opportunity theme.
Does your institution hold Arizona collections you would like to make more accessible to the public? You can help make those resources available to people all across the world by becoming an Arizona Memory Project Partner!

The  Arizona Memory Project   (AMP) provides access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Visitors to the site will find some of the best examples of government documents, photographs, maps, and multimedia that chronicle Arizona's past and present. AMP is open to any Arizona cultural institution or private business that is interested in making their digital holdings available online.

We invite you to attend one of the 2018 Workshops in Tempe , Flagstaff or Tucson and see why AMP is the right platform to showcase your Arizona institution’s collections. Help embrace Arizona's rich cultural heritage by making your holdings available online. You can view the agenda  here

Don’t miss out! Reserve a spot for yourself and your organization's members today!  
April Library Services Continuing Education Events
April 26, 9 AM-4 PM, Pima County Public Library-Joel D. Valdez Main Library
April 27, 9 AM-4 PM, Scottsdale Mustang Library
April 28, 9 AM-4 PM, Scottsdale Mustang Library
New Infopeople Courses
March 27-April 23, 2018
April 3-16, 2018
April 10-May 7, 2018
April 17-May 14, 2018
May 1-28, 2017

Library Development has purchased a selection of registrations for online courses offered by the California State Library's Infopeople. These courses are available to Arizona library staff on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be expected to complete your course and fill out a short evaluation form before enrolling in another.

To learn more about any of these courses, visit the  Infopeople website. Before registering, you will need to email Dale Savage, to receive a coupon code. Please use your work email and include your name, email and phone number, and your library's name, library type, address and phone number and the course you wish to enroll in.
New Webjunction Webinars
April 17, 12-1 PM
April 24, 12-1 PM

Due to low usage, the Arizona State Library no longer provides access to the Skillsoft/Skillport courses offered through Webjunction. However, the State Library has opted to provide general support to help sponsor Webjunction's popular free webinars. These webinars will continue to be highlighted in the Library Services newsletter. Webjunction also provides a conglomerated monthly list of free online training for library staff.
Grants & Opportunities
Arizona has been sele cted as one of six states to participate in the first year of a national  Leap into Science  network initiative. Arizona’s state leadership team organization includes: The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Arizona Science Center and Yuma County Library District. The four-year initiative is led by  The Franklin Institute , the  National Girls Collaborative Project , and the  Institute for Learning Innovation , and will be evaluated by the Education Development Center, with support from the National Science Foundation.
Developed by The Franklin Institute, Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. This evidence-based program will be made available to a limited number of informal educators in Arizona through in-person trainings. Funding for this project allows us to provide reduced cost resources through 2021. 

The Arizona State Library , Arizona Science Center and the Yuma County Library District are collaborating to host educator trainings for the Leap into Science - Balance workshop, on the following dates and locations.

Save the Date
August 13, 2018-Yuma
September 7, 2018-Show Low
September 21, 2018-Tempe

Organizations participating in Leap into Science will:
  • Send a group of two or more educators/librarians (whenever possible) to a 4-hour of training on the high-quality science and literacy curriculum
  • Receive ongoing support and become a part of a Leap into Science National Network
  • Have access to the national Leap into Science leadership team and online resources
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation activities (i.e. surveys, interviews, site visits)
  • Receive one set of curriculum and materials kit per organization (valued at $300)

Visit the Leap into Science website for more information about this program and contact Donna Throckmorton if you are interested in participating.
Get your patrons ready for the release of Avengers: Infinity War with Marvel-based reading lists from NoveList! NoveList creates recommended reading lists based on age group, genre, reading level, and fandoms. Use the ‘For fans of’ search tool to find reading lists for different fandoms, including Marvel. Fans of the comics can gear up for the movie by reading the origin stories of their favorite heroes, including Black Panther, Hawkeye, and more. 

The statewide database package also now includes NoveList K-8 Plus, which means your youngest patrons can get in on the fun as well! With kid-friendly search categories like "Make Believe", younger kids can find superhero books and more just for them. With titles like 'Even Superheroes Have Bad Days' and 'The Princess in Black', everyone in the family can suit up for reading fun!

Each book entry has read-a-likes, making finding more books like the ones you love even easier. With NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus, the whole family will be able to satisfy their cravings for all things Marvel through the printed word before Infinity War is released on April 27th!
This is a new segment in the Library Services Newsletter where State of Arizona Research Library staff share how they tackle some of the tough and sometimes unusual reference requests they receive from patrons.

Question: Was the noxious weed tribulus terrestris (aka goat’s-head, devil’s weed, puncture vines, etc.) introduced into Arizona before 1941?

Answer: An initial online search found an article claiming the weed had reached California by 1903, but that wasn’t enough for the patron who was looking for verifiable evidence that the plant had been found in Arizona prior to 1941. We consulted resources in the Arizona Collection about South Western botany, some of which contained descriptions of the plant and how to get rid of it, but nothing that stated when it had first been introduced.
Finally, we did a keyword search in the Arizona Digital Newspaper Project and that’s where we found it: two articles from 1921 about a new, terrible weed causing turmoil for automobile drivers by popping their tires with the sharp points of its seedpods!
The patron left very satisfied, with printed clippings of the articles and the corresponding citations. 
Hein Online Database Update
Libraries around the state are experiencing problems with their public access to the Hein Online databases. The State Library is working with Hein to find a solution and will provide an update when the issue has been resolved
Library Services is part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State. The branches of Library Services include Library Development, the State of Arizona Research Library, the Arizona Talking Book Library, and E-Rate. Library Services programs and activities are supported in part with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Holly Henley
State Librarian and Director of Library Services
Library Services