December 2019 Edition
Happy Holidays!
The Arizona State Library staff would like to extend our best wishes for a warm and happy holiday season to all of our library friends across the state!
Professional Development News
Whole Person Librarianship
Whole Person Librarianship applies social work concepts to library practice to improve patron services across library types. As library-social work collaborations expand in number and type across the country, all library staff members can learn to provide more holistic service by applying tools that are grounded in decades of social work practice and experience. The techniques used in a Whole Person Librarianship approach bolster library staff skills in areas of mental health, self care, understanding, and working with patrons in crisis, and more.

This training will focus on these topic areas: Introduction to Library-Social Work Collaboration, Person-in-Environment, Resource Mapping, Cultural Humility, and Reflective Practice. Participants will gain new perspectives on service that they can apply in their library work.
Register now for one of these sessions:

Whole Person Librarianship is offered by Sara Zettervall. She is the founding consultant and trainer for Whole Person Librarianship, which applies social work concepts to library practice. She also works at Hennepin County Library as the community engagement librarian for East African refugees in Minneapolis. Her experience includes leading innovative projects in public, academic, and school libraries and archives. 

Learn about LSTA Grants
Get started on your LSTA 2020 grant by attending a Learn About LSTA Grants workshop or webinar in January. Jaime Ball, Library Development Administrator for the Arizona State Library, will offer guidelines and tips for writing an acceptable Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant. During the face-to-face workshop in Phoenix on Thursday, January 9, participants will actually begin the grant application process. Two webinars will be held on Tuesday, January 14 at 1PM and Thursday, January 16 at 9AM.
The workshop is three hours long and the webinars are each one hour long.

The training includes:
  • an overview of LSTA grants in Arizona, including mini-grants;
  • how to plan a project, based on your own ideas; and
  • tips for writing an LSTA grant application.

This training is designed especially for new applicants, but anyone seeking funds to better serve their communities is welcome!

YALSA Webinars Now Available
The Arizona State Library has purchased subscriptions to the YALSA webinar series. Access these webinars online by clicking this link .

Upcoming course:
Learning circles are an excellent way to provide blended learning opportunities for teens, staff, and community members. Through these engaging learning experiences participants take charge of their own learning, collaborate on learning, and build learning projects together to practice and apply new expertise. Library staff might create learning circles with colleagues and community members in order to build knowledge and skills in a topic of mutual interest. Teens might gather together to learn about a topic in which they are actively interested. In this webinar participants learn the ins and outs of learning circles and get ideas on how to get learning circles started in their own library and community. Archived webinars can also be accessed.
When: December 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM

For questions or problems, contact Ann Marie Creegan
What's New in YA Literature
In this outstanding workshop, Shauna Yusko will share the best, NEW books for young adults, all of which have just recently been published. Shauna will go beyond familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles to share practical strategies for using these outstanding books in your classroom or library.

This fast-paced day will be filled with great, new books, innovative and creative ideas, enthusiasm, exciting curriculum connections, and news about authors that are all too good for young adults to miss.

All participants will leave with extensive annotated bibliographies in a comprehensive resource handbook full of outstanding ideas that you can immediately put to use to motivate and inspire your young adult readers.

Register now for one of these sessions:
New WebJunction Webinars
Don’t miss out on the great upcoming webinars being offered on Webjunction. Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at  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:

Public libraries are uniquely positioned to help their communities address substance misuse, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by connecting residents with accurate information and resources. Libraries are seen by many as safe, neutral spaces; but some topics carry fear and stigma that can have an outsized impact on staff and community members’ ability to respond. Compassionate training, policies, programming, and choice of terminology can help remove barriers that prevent people from seeking help for themselves or others and give library staff the information and support they need to address this and other public health crises. This webinar will use several examples of library responses to the opioid crisis to highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear and promote healthier communities.
When: December 17, 2019
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Do you know an amazing library director who stumbled into trouble unexpectedly? Are you one? Every library director seeks to be responsible and successful, but sometimes things go wrong. Understanding concepts for responsible leadership and strategies for fostering key relationships will boost your effectiveness and impact as a director, whether you are new to the position or have been around the block a few times. You will identify key relationships that need to be managed well⁠—your governing authority, your staff, your community, your profession, and last but not least, yourself. Embracing these relationships and working out a checklist of behaviors and communications for each audience will lead to more balance in your work. You’ll leave this webinar inspired by big ideas and motivated by practical steps that will refine your practice as a successful library leader.
When: January 14, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
New 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:
In this four-week course, participants will complete a Workplace Audit and Action Plan that will help them explore how their library can develop a safe and respectful service environment for visitors and staff. From policies and procedures to job descriptions, performance expectations, behavior and discipline rules and safety guidelines, we can build and maintain workplaces that make everyone feel welcome. During this course participants will examine current conditions in their own libraries – including everything from signage and bathrooms to parking lots, policies, and job descriptions with the goal to honestly assess them and develop practical plans for improvement.
When: January 14, 2020-February 10, 2020

This online course will provide you with opportunities to learn and practice an effective reference interview, as well as to explore a wide variety of print and web-based tools. Through individual and group exercises, you will discover ways to assist diverse groups of users, including those with physical disabilities and those with whom you do not share a common language. You will learn to think like an indexer and apply that perspective to your information hunting in response to reference questions. We will spend time examining and using a variety of print and web-based resources, as well as specialized resources for government research, and inquiries about images or sounds. The instructor will provide sample policies, templates, tip sheets and a webliography, as well as simple, practical techniques that can be applied immediately.
When: January 14- February 24, 2020

This four-week online course will provide an overview of library cataloging and classification and prepare you to do copy cataloging. Through reading materials, online forums, and individual exercises, you will gain knowledge of basic cataloging rules and tools, commonly used controlled vocabularies, the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and MARC21 format. Applying this knowledge, you will be able to decode MARC bibliographic records and perform basic copy cataloging. During the course, you will be doing assignments and taking quizzes. You will also participate in discussion forums as part of the online learning process. In addition, you will have access to the online tools, such as OCLC WebDewey.
When: January 28 -February 24, 2020

Registration Open for
 Summer Library Institute
Each year, Library Development coordinates a Summer Library Institute providing professional development, training and networking opportunities for non-MLS public library staff serving mostly small and rural libraries throughout Arizona.

During the five-day Institute, highly regarded library professionals provide learning experiences and training on a variety of topics designed to increase participants' job skills and knowledge.

Summer Library Institute coursework addresses Library Practitioner Core Competencies that may be applied toward Library Practitioner Certification . The Competencies encompass the knowledge and skill sets required for competent performance as a library director or manager of a small or rural public library.

Grants & Opportunities
American Library Association (ALA): American Association of School Librarians (AASL):
Inspire Collection Development Grant - FY 2020

The purpose of this program is to assist existing libraries in public middle or high schools in extending, updating, and diversifying the book, online, subscription, and/or software collection in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. Certified school librarians at the campus, district, or regional level are expected to be involved in the selection of materials to be purchased.

Funds may be used for the purchase of: Books in hardbound print or Braille volumes, Audiobooks on audiotape or CD-ROM, E-books to be added to the circulating or reference section of the school library, Magazine/serial copies or subscriptions, and DVD or videotape movie versions of books or plays. Materials must be pre-processed when they come from the vendor.

Application deadline: February 1, 2020
Match required: No
Actual funds: $20,000

Awards will be set aside for, and additional consideration will be given to, schools in which 85 percent or more of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL).

Applications must be submitted online at  www. ala .org .
Questions should be directed to Allison Cline: .
Start a Girls Who Code Club at your Library!
Girls Who Code works with librarians and educators to launch free coding Clubs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Facilitators do not need a computer science background and in fact, oftentimes learn alongside the girls. Everything you need to successfully run a Club at no-cost will include :
  1. Interactive and flexible curriculum 
  2. Lesson plans
  3. Student recruitment resources
  4. A dedicated Club Success Specialist for ongoing support
  5. Once enrolled, you'll be provided a $300 Clubs Fund and free t-shirts to help build Sisterhood PER semester!

Please see the Girls Who Code Clubs Overview , join one of the Informational Webinars or take a look at the SlideDeck.

Since launching in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached over 185,000 girls across all 50 states, the United Kingdom, Canada and India.
If you are interested in starting a Club, complete this 10-15-minute application:

ESL and Citizenship Preparation
Pronunciator’s American English course is the most comprehensive in the world, with over 50,000 instructional phrases (and 10,000 instructional videos). Having this much didactic content means that Pronunciator can create highly robust personalized courses for your patrons, targeted to their personal interests, their occupation, their learning goals, and their available time for learning.

They can learn any of these English varieties from any of 90 home languages. Each home language has translations, navigation options, thousands of hours of audio lessons, and often narrators and virtual coaches in that language, for a truly localized — and personalized — learning experience.
Included in all Pronunciator subscriptions are comprehensive citizenship courses for new American citizens. With over 100 instructional videos each, plus interactive drills and quizzes, ProCitizen provides the civics, vocabulary, plus reading and writing practice that new citizens need to succeed in the naturalization test.
ProCitizen is available in both English and Spanish.

This course is available within the Main Course of American English. Direct links are also available for institutions to provide direct access to either course.  Contact Mary Villegas for help with direct links: .
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