December 2018 Edition
The Arizona State Library is offering a CE opportunity to earn a Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy through Library Juice Academy . Instructors for this program include: Saroj Ghoting, Katie Scherrer, Lynn Baker and Claudia Haines.
Whether you work directly with children in the library or want to learn more about early literacy to help you better serve your community, this certificate program offers key information on child development and early literacy and activities to put it into practice in your own situations and environments. It is designed for staff in public and school libraries to add to your knowledge and as a means of recognition of knowledge in this area.
The courses include early childhood development (newborn to age five), foundations of early literacy, enhancing storytimes, partnerships, sensory storytimes, media mentorship, and becoming an advocate for young children and their families in the library and in your community. 
Each course is 4 weeks long, with a fifth week to submit assignments. Classes could take 3 – 4 hours per week including watching presentations and doing homework.

Applications will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. For more information about this Continuing Education Opportunity please contact Donna Throckmorton .
The theme of the 2019 Arizona Library Association Virtual Conference is "What You Don't Learn In Library School". The Conference is open to all interested attendees but intends to focus on professional development for front-line and paraprofessional library staff.

The Virtual Conference will be held on Thursday, April 04, 2019 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm online via WebEx as a partnership with the State Library. Attendance is free of charge. All presentations will be recorded and posted to the AzLA YouTube channel after the Virtual Conference.

Please fill out the following form by December 31, 2018 to be considered for inclusion in the Conference's programming. The Professional Development Committee will notify all accepted applicants in early 2019.
The Arizona Library Association's Young Adult Summit returns in 2019!

The YA Summit is an opportunity for library staff who work with teens, whether in a public library setting or a high school setting, to connect with others who share their passion for serving teens, and to learn and share strategies for engaging teens in their community.

Programming includes teen program ideas, interactive workshops, a local author panel, and a YA Author meet and greet. Participants can expect to come away with ideas for new innovative programs, and resources to connect them with others in their field.

The YA Summit will be held January 31-February 2, 2019 at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. 
New Infopeople Courses
January 8 - February 18, 2019
January 8 - February 4, 2019

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 Jaime Ball 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
December 18, 1-2 PM
January 8, 2019, 1-2 PM

The State Library provides general support to help sponsor WebJunction's popular free webinars. Upcoming webinars are highlighted in the Library Services newsletter. 
Grants & Opportunities
The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants of $10,000 to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Since 2008, 188 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office.

Applications will be accepted from October 15 to December 14, 2018. Up to 16 grants will be awarded.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It is administered by ALA's Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the launch of a new initiative: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP). " This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000."

Three categories of APP grants are available:
  • Transforming School Library Practice
  • Community Memory
  • Digital Inclusion

Applications are due February 25, 2019, and more details about eligibility can be found in the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 384KB).

Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. They are scheduled for:

We are pleased to announce that all Arizona library patrons can now take advantage of a new LearningExpress mobile application. This new mobile app—available for both iOS and Android devices—provides users with offline, mobile access to the LearningExpress suite of products paid for by all county libraries and the State Library. Some of the key features and benefits of the new LearningExpress mobile app include:

  • Download content to the app for offline use
  • Access the flashcards, eBooks, and articles found in the full online versions of LearningExpress resources
  • Take advantage of mobile-app friendly practice tests for many of the exams available in LearningExpress Library

Please see Mobile App FAQ for full details. If you have any questions, please contact your local library staff.
The compelling photographic images of  Arizona Highways magazine have captured the imagination of the nation and the world for nearly a century. Publication began in 1921 as a newsletter chronicling road and highway construction, but then evolved in the late 1930s into a literal "Who's Who" of photographers showcasing the physical beauty and diversity of Arizona's landscape, flora, fauna, and people.

In partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records has been digitizing the entire back catalog of Arizona Highways magazines and making them freely available on the Arizona Memory Project. Currently all issues published between 1950 - 2017 are available, with more to come.
Happy Holidays from the State Library!
Janet Fisher & the Arizona Talking Book Library Team
Mala Muralidharan, E-rate Branch
Jaime Ball & the Library Development Team
Laura Stone & the State of Arizona Research Library Team
Holly Henley, State Librarian
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