April 2020 Edition
A Message from the State Librarian
We at the State Library would like to commend all of you in the Arizona library community for the dedication and creativity with which you are serving your communities during this challenging time. The examples are pouring in of ways you are adapting to the circumstances and continuing to provide services to customers. These are just a few:
  • Online and telephone reference services
  • Virtual programming
  • Additional e-content
  • Online library cards
  • Delivery of specialized items by mail
  • Carts of used books outside the library for people to take and enjoy
  • Community connections through social media
  • Wi-fi service from outside library buildings for those who do not have access at home
Thank you for your flexibility and resilience!

State Library staff members are available to assist you with our services online, by phone and by mail:
In addition, Library Development is adding special resources, training, and opportunities to share ideas with staff from other Arizona libraries in response to COVID-19. Keep reading below!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we may be of assistance. Stay well, everyone!
Resources & Opportunities
COVID-19 Resources for Libraries

  • Explore a wealth of resources for Arizona library staff and their community members developed by the Library Development team.

  • Stay Connected with Library Development is a weekly office hour held on Wednesdays in April at 10AM. Please email Jaime Ball at jball@azlibrary.gov for more information.

  • ArizonaTogether.org is our state's clearinghouse to help all Arizona residents combat the spread of COVID-19.
Gale’s Comprehensive Online Toolkit

Gale is providing a comprehensive online toolkit that provides several digital materials to help optimize existing resources, enhance instruction, go virtual, share credible health information, and more. The page will be continually updated with tools to help you and your libraries engage effectively across your communities with promotional templates like emails and social media posts, and blog content to share on related topics like working remotely, homeschooling and more.
Overview of Gale’s comprehensive online toolkit
  • Resources: Interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate. Please note, several open access resources provided on this site are provided by Arizona public libraries already.
  • Training: Live and on-demand training materials to help partners optimize their existing resources
  • Supporting Online Learning: Professional development eBooks to help those transitioning to and strengthening virtual learning
  • Expert Insights: Authoritative Gale resources to support research on health-related topics and global issues
The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween and Teen. For more information go to: https://bit.ly/2U7nsO5.

Kerrlita Westrick and Shirley Berow are the Co-chairs of the Grand Canyon Reader Award Committee. If you are interested in becoming a member of the selection committee for the 2021 nominees or have questions about the Grand Canyon Reader Award, please e-mail kerrlita@cox.net or sberow@cox.net.

To be on the committee it is recommended that you are a member of the Arizona Library Association.
Professional Development News
With many Arizona libraries closed to the public, some staff may be able to catch up on professional development. Besides the online opportunities that are offered through the Arizona State Library (see below), there are other places where online professional development can be found:

  • The Wyoming State Library compiles and keeps updated a comprehensive list of upcoming programs.
  • The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has an extensive list of webinars that can be found in their course catalog.
  • The Public Library Association (PLA) provides some free webinars whcih can be found here.

Check these sites often as new trainings are frequently added.
YALSA Webinars Now Available
The Arizona State Library has purchased a subscription for Arizona Library staff to access the YALSA member or subscriber only webinars. Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov for access. The upcoming webinar is:
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020, 12:00 PM Mountain, Teen Hackathon: Creativity, Collaboration, and Competition Hackathons have been ubiquitous in the technology community for almost a decade, yet it is still a term that many people have never heard of or misinterpret. Learn what a hackathon is, how to organize one, and how to get your community excited about it. Ultimately, hackathons are an ideal representation of the 21st century library as an incubator, requiring access to information, technology, and a shared center for collaboration.

There are also many archived webinars on these different topics that you can access as well.

For questions, contact Ann Marie Creegan
New! PCI Webinars
The Arizona State Library now has a subscription to PCI Webinars, giving Arizona library staff access to one live webinar a week and to the webinar archives. PCI Webinars offers webinars specifically for library staff. Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov to register.

Here are the live webinars for April and May (all times Pacific Time):

  • 30 Minute Special! The Difference Between Discussion, Debate and Dialogue and How to Use It to Build Healthy Workplaces. April 8, 9:30 – 10:00
  • The Power of Hospitality to Deliver the Black Tie Patron Experience! April 15, 9:30 – 10:30
  • Everything You Need to Learn About Podcasting in One Hour. April 22, 9:30 – 10:30
  • 20 Tech Trends in 60 minutes. April 29, 9:30 – 10:30
  • Writing Effective Email. May 6, 9:30 – 10:30
  • Beyond Storytelling to Engage Leaders and Enact Change. May 13, 9:30 – 10:30
  • Social Media 101: Turning Your Library Social Media into a Community. May 20, 9:30 – 10:30
  • Geeky Programs at the Library. May 27, 9:30 –10:30

PCI webinars offers hundreds of archived webinars specifically for library staff. Find the available webinars here.
Upcoming WebJunction Webinars
Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at  http://learn.webjunction.org   and then explore the catalog of library-focused courses and archived webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you for any of the courses or archived webinars you complete from the catalog.

Upcoming webinars:

Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.
When: April 8, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Central Standard Time

Nearly 80 public libraries in the U.S. have collaborated with social work programs or schools of social work, to provide valuable learning opportunities for social work interns, and to connect community members with crucial services which exist beyond standard library offerings. Libraries or social work educators looking for ways to initiate collaborations with social work interns should join this webinar to understand the benefits, and a few challenges, to partnering with an institution or individual. Explore the types of intern assignments at the library that align with key social work competencies, from needs assessment to 1:1 patron referrals, and from staff training to outreach programs. And finally, discover how these internships can work for libraries of all types and sizes, including those in small and rural communities.
When: April 29, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
Upcoming Infopeople Courses
Infopeople offers a variety of webinars and self-paced online courses on topics of high interest for library staff. Webinars are free, and the Arizona State Library has purchased a block of registrations for the online courses. Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to  Ann Marie Creegan , containing:
  • The course name and dates
  • Registrant’s name
  • Registrant’s email
  • Library name
  • Library address
  • Library phone number

Upcoming courses:

Through online meetings, assignments, and discussions we will explore the concept of cultural humility. You will complete a cultural humility action plan and an identity collage. The instructor will provide resources, and concrete tips and techniques that can be applied immediately. During the course, you will participate in discussion forums and online meeting about cultural humility and identity. You will be able to share experiences and apply the concepts learned to your own library and community.
When: April 21-May 4, 2020

At the end of this 4-week course, participants will learn how to promote, create and present an English/ Spanish bilingual storytime. Through assignments, discussions and readings, participants will learn the importance of bilingual early literacy practices that support a child’s home language and create a welcoming environment for the families. For participants that are not fully bilingual, the course will cover how to create a bilingual storytime with a partner that is bilingual. Learn to survey your community needs, build a plan for promotion and get community feedback to make sure that your bilingual storytime is a success.
When: April 28-May 18, 2020

At the completion of this course learners will be prepared to assess the need for adulting skills in their communities and to develop programming that addresses those needs. Participants will explore applicable skills and resources that can help to prepare students for adulthood and beyond. The focus will be on life skills that are not taught in elementary and secondary schools, but that are vital components that we all need to become both a successful and a well-balanced adult. Through course readings and activities, learners will discover how to coordinate, plan and present a successful adulting program and will use planning templates to help streamline the process.
When: May 5-June 1, 2020
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, Archives and Records
Library Services