February 2018 Edition
The Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, has launched a new website . The new website includes all of the information available previously in a format that we hope you find easier to navigate and that provides increased security.
Here are some changes to note on azlibrary.gov . For the moment, you will have to contact the event host in order to register for an event.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to look for an event registration solution that meets our needs. Additionally, Reading Arizona has moved to a new platform. You can help your patrons get started using the new Reading Arizona format with this helpful FAQ page .
The website is a work in progress and will continue to be updated over the course of the year to improve the user experience. If you are having trouble finding anything on our website, or have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us
Learn how to foster conversation and lead change in your community with  Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change , a free learning series on dialogue and deliberation specially designed for small, mid-sized and rural public libraries.
Register now for the following free webinars:

View all three webinars (live or recorded) and you will be invited to attend a free one-day pre-conference workshop at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Space is limited. Twenty-five travel stipends of $800 each are available for people representing small and rural libraries. Learn more and apply for a travel stipend by March 9.

These Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change sessions are brought to you by the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD).

Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant number RE-40-16-0137-16. 
Join us in learning how to implement the Knowing and Growing Fun with Math & Science™ program which introduces math and science concepts in an interactive playful way! The program is aligned with the Arizona Early Learning Standards and the Arizona School Readiness Framework and explores concepts and introduces strategies that parents can use with their child to help build and strengthen their mathematical and scientific thinking skills. This training for library staff will provide you with the details and knowledge needed to implement this parent/child interactive program with the families at your library. Trainings will be held in Round Valley and Camp Verde .
February Library Services Continuing Education Events
February 7, 9 AM-4 PM, Pima County Public Library - Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
February 8, 9 AM-4PM, Mesa Public Library-Main Branch
February 9, 9 AM-4 PM, Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
February 14, 9 AM-3 PM, Round Valley Public Library
February 15, 9 AM-3 PM, Camp Verde Library
February 16, 09:30-11:30 AM, Scottsdale Community College Library
February 21, 12 -1 PM, Online
New Infopeople Courses
January 30, 2018-March 12, 2018
February 6, 2018-March 5, 2018
February 6, 2018-March 5, 2018
February 13, 2018-March 12, 2018
February 20-March 19, 2018
March 6-April 2, 2018
March 20-April 16, 2018
March 27-April 23, 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
February 6, 1-2 PM
February 21, 1-2 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 helps 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
The Arizona State Library is offering scholarships 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. 

Courses are offered through Library Juice Academy and can be taken as standalone courses or to work towards the Early Childhood Literacy Certificate. 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 for reimbursable scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the Scholarships for Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy please contact Donna Throckmorton
The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), is a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. An expansion of ALA’s long-standing GSC program model, the TRHT GSC pilot will feature books that explore the coming of age experience for young people in historically marginalized groups and support racial healing sessions with participating libraries, their community partners, and their teen readers. The TRHT GSC is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Participating libraries will work with small groups of approximately 8-10 teens, provide three theme-related books for each participant to keep as their own, convene opportunities for exploration and discussion of relevant humanities content among peers, and offer at least one interactive session for program conveners and participants led by a racial healing practitioner(s). Book discussions will be led by an experienced programming librarian, often in cooperation with staff from a partner organization or department, such as teachers and counselors.

Libraries can apply online . The deadline to submit applications is February 16, 2018 .
The deadline for LSTA grant applications is March 9, 2018. Visit the LSTA page for information and to the new 2018-2022 Five Year Plan, the grant guidelines and the online application.

Please contact a  Library Development Consultant if you have any questions about your project idea.

We look forward to seeing your applications! 
Newspapers are a rich and valuable resource for library patrons. They allow researchers to see how people viewed an event when it happened, and trace the development over time. They help show how we celebrated, governed ourselves, faced conflict, and marveled at new technological advances. In short they capture the everyday life of the people and places of Arizona.

The Arizona Newspaper Project (ANP), at the State of Arizona Research Library, has the largest collection of newspapers in the state. The ANP is comprised of three formats: physical newspapers (from the first Arizona newspaper published in 1859 to present titles), a microfilm collection, and a digital collection of more than 380,000 historic newspaper pages. Our physical and microfilm newspapers can be viewed in person at the Polly Rosenbaum History and Archives Building, 1901 W. Madison St., Phoenix, and our digital newspapers can be accessed via the Arizona Memory Project.

Don’t overlook newspapers as an important resource for researchers, students, educators, historians, and genealogists. Contact Sativa Peterson for more information. 
General Onefile offers users a visual way to search their database. Topic Finder helps customers discover the context of what they are searching for and uncover hidden connections.

When customers use Topic Finder to search, the tool generates a visual diagram that shows which words and subjects are found most often in the text search's results. These diargrams can help narrow search results, focus research, and offer additional search terms related to the topic to help further research.

You can turn your search results into a Topic Finder diagram by selecting Topic Finder from the search limiter sidebar. The diagram displays the words and subjects that are found most often in the text of your results. You can view the diagram as a Wheel or as Tiles.
Have you used any of the volunteer management resources, training, or tools provided by the Get Involved: Library Volunteer Engagement program? Please help us make this resource better by telling us about your experience by taking a short survey.
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