August 2018 Edition
Join us on September 13-14 for the 2018 Arizona Tribal Libraries Digital Inclusion Summit. The theme this year is “Language and Technology,” with training provided by the Arizona State Library and the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI) at UA. This gathering is designed for tribal library staff in Arizona, but is also relevant for individuals interested in using technology to support Native language access and use.

Goals for meeting:
• To increase discussion about the need for digital inclusion in Arizona tribal libraries
• To provide training for Arizona library staff on best practices for digital archiving of language materials
• To provide an overview of freely available digital literacy skills training

Register online by August 31, 2018.

Questions? Contact Nicole Umayam at 602-542-6271
This training is for library directors and library staff who work with volunteers. Participants will come away with various tools and resources that will enable them to perfect their volunteer game. Those who are new to volunteer management will develop the necessary foundation to begin successfully recruiting and engaging with volunteers.

At the end of this training, participants will understand and gain implementation skills in:
  • Utilizing skilled volunteers at the library
  • Identifying what motivates volunteers and how to ensure the right “fit”
  • Designing volunteer job descriptions and targeting recruitment plans
  • Getting staff buy-in and other strategies for successful volunteer engagement

We encourage libraries to attend in a team of at least 2, preferably a library manager and the library staff who work directly with volunteers. If that is not possible (or you are one in the same) we understand and know you will benefit from participating.

A working lunch will be provided.

This training will be offered in Chandler , Holbrook , and Kingman .

For more information, contact Donna Throckmorton.
The Arizona State Library, Arizona Science Center and the Yuma County Library District are collaborating to host educator trainings on  Leap into Science  Workshops.
Leap into Science  is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum 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 workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings.

All library staff are welcome to attend these trainings. For those interested in education beyond the one-day training, Leap into Science also offers an opportunity for participants to become an Educator and receive more extensive materials, ongoing support and the opportunity to become part of a national network of Educators. In order to be eligible to become an Educator, participants must: 

  • Lead at least three workshops per year for children and families
  • Lead an event during National Leap into Science Week (last week of February)
  • Participate in quarterly calls for trained educators in your state
  • Complete brief online surveys after each event and at end of program year

Educators are also eligible to receive one set of curriculum and a Leap into Science: Balance kit. To apply to receive a Leap into Science: Balance kit  please  complete the Commitment Questions here . (Only one application per organization/branch.)
Leap into Science is funded and supported by National Science Foundation, and led by  The Franklin Institute  and The National Girls Collaborative Project . The trainings will be led by the Arizona Leadership team, including Alyson Walker from the Arizona Science Center, Hannah Stewart from the Yuma County Library District, and Donna Throckmortan from the Arizona State Library.
The Western States Government Information Virtual Conference is a free, biennial conference hosted by Government Information Librarians in the Western States and open to all. This year's theme is Accessing, Discovering, and Using Local Government Information. Although not all of the conference sessions will be directly related to this topic, we look forward to hosting some great discussions about local government information!

This year's conference will be held on August 8-9, 2018. Each day's sessions will run from 9 AM to 3 PM.  The complete schedule is available online .
The First Things First Early Childhood Summit brings together professionals, stakeholders and supporters of early childhood education and health to share innovative strategies, research and best practices that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

Ensuring that our youngest kids arrive at kindergarten prepared to succeed requires all parts of the early childhood system to work together, and the Summit offers an exciting opportunity to build both the knowledge and relationships critical to our collective success.

Make your plans to attend August 27-28 at the Phoenix Convention Center. If you attend, be sure to stop by the Arizona State Library's Leap into Science Session.
New Infopeople Courses
August 7-September 3, 2018
August 14-September 24, 2018
August 28-September 24, 2018
September 11-October 8, 2018

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
August 14, 12-1 PM
August 22nd, 12-1 PM

The State Library provides 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
Public libraries with construction projects are invited to apply for State Grants-in-Aid funds. 

Libraries may apply for up to $50,000 with a 1:1 cash match provided from the library or its administrative agency. Funds for this program are awarded on a competitive basis. Please review the Construction Guidelines before submitting your application.

The application process is in two stages. The online Intent to Apply form must be submitted by Sunday, September 30, 2018. The State Library will invite a number of applicants to complete a full application for funding.

Please contact Jaime Ball if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your construction project ideas!
As the final stage of a transition away from paper publications over the past several years, after Aug. 30, 2018, the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education will no longer print or deliver publications about financial aid for college. We encourage libraries to review their current inventory of FSA publications and, if needed, to order publications online . We will continue to accept and fill orders received through Aug. 30 (as inventory levels allow).
We particularly want to call your attention to the fact that we have bookmarks available for order. To order bookmarks, go to the URL in the paragraph above, click on the “Order Publications Now” button, then click on “Order by Product Title” next to the orange and white book icon, and scroll down to find the title “Federal Student Aid Bookmark.” Please feel free to order as many as your library needs, up to an order limit of 5,000. If you need more than the limit, please contact
FSA’s current offering of publications and resources will continue to be available electronically:
  • Please direct students and parents to the resources page so they can view electronic versions of publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help them prepare and pay for college or career school. is FSA’s informational website for students, parents, and borrowers.
  • If your library conducts college or financial aid information events, you may find helpful in gathering ideas for presentations or tips and resources for your outreach. (Please remember to send students and parents to, not to the Financial Aid Toolkit site.)

Please note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) form will continue to be made available in paper form, directly to students and parents. Later this summer, we will provide guidance on for how students and parents can request paper copies of the FAFSA PDF after the August 30 distribution shutdown.
Library customers with vision loss can still participate in The Great American Read , a PBS program highlighting some of America's most cherished novels. The Arizona Talking Book Library is promoting reading books that are part of The Great American Read.

The Great American Read is a list of America’s 100 best-loved books that were selected by the public and an advisory panel to reflect the joy of reading and those books that have been important to us. The Great American Read is a project from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). You can find a list of the books in this program online .  

Almost every title in The Great American Read is available in audio through the talking book libraries at this time, and all titles will be available in audio before the voting period ends. To find out how to provide your customers with these books, contact the Talking Book Library.
Often times, searchable information on topics like the Arab-Israeli Conflict can come with a slanted or skewed view making it difficult for researchers and students to find reliable, up-to-date information on the subjects. With hot button issues and topics like these, dependable resources are key, resources like Global Issues In Context.

And, say you’re looking for the option to not just access, but download articles and save them? That’s a breeze as Global Issues In Context provides seamless user login with G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 credentials, plus access to download with tools including Drive, Docs, OneNote, and OneDrive. This makes researching and sharing research super easy. With citation tools galore, including MLA7, APA6, and EasyBib, and spotlight imagery on the Global Issues In Context’s home page flagging new or updated content for more timely search results, students are actually empowered to really understand topics including the Arab-Israeli conflict from a global perspective.

With a resource like this there is no need to be nervous about tackling controversial and ever-changing topics. Global Issues In Context takes the guesswork out of research and it is at your fingertips 24/7. 
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to introduce the IMLS Library Search and Compare tool available at IMLS Labs. Through exploration of the FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey, IMLS Search and Compare will allow you to search for public libraries in a variety of ways including by state, budget or number of library staff. While this tool only contains the FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey data, IMLS is making it available in order to gather feedback as soon as possible. A new version will be released over the course of the summer as they make improvements and address issues. Please feel free to explore this tool and use the feedback links at the top of the pages to let IMLS know what you think.
Historical newspapers are an invaluable resource for genealogy patrons, as well as for those interested in local, regional and national history.

The Arizona Digital Newspaper Project is selecting newspapers that were under-represented in previous grant cycles, such as Spanish language and Mexican American newspapers, Native American community newspapers, African American community newspapers, and more.

One notable newspaper i The Apache Sentinel  which began publication at Fort Huachuca in July of 1943. During the war effort approximately 25,000 people were living at the fort, making it the third largest city in Arizona at the time. A primary demographic was African American soldiers. According to the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, 14,000 black soldiers and Women's Army Corps lived at  Fort Huachuca in segregated conditions , and the Apache Sentinel was the newspaper that chronicled the social activities and trainin g of those who lived at the fort.

For information about this project and more history about the Apache Sentinel, please check out the full blog post on the State of Arizona Research Notes. 
The AzLA Annual Conference is this October 25 th -26 th and AzLA wants teacher librarians there!
Due to school not starting until after July 27 th, some teacher librarians may not be able to take advantage of the current early bird rate. If you’re unable to register by July 27 th, you can register until August 24 th and receive the early bird rate by using the promo code TLD.
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