February 2019 Edition
Application deadline: February 22, 2019

The Arizona State Library Leadership Institute teaches participants the essential elements of good leadership. It also provides them the opportunity to engage in deep conversations about leadership, complete personal assessments, and develop a personal plan for leadership development.

The Institute will be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant, Maureen Sullivan. Maureen has more than 25 years of experience in leadership development and is Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

Participants in the 2017 Institute had this to say:

“This training could not have come at a better time; I was promoted to my first supervisory position in March. The information I took away helped shape my skills and attitude as a leader in my organization.”

“I have done a better job interacting with staff members and working with their strengths. I have also been better able to interact with staff members who are disgruntled, upset, etc about a library policy.”

“I've been able to hone my conflict resolution skills. I really appreciated the influence session too- it really made me evaluate how I can use my position and my influence to create positive change.”

For more information and to download the application, visit https://www.azlibrary.gov/libdev/continuing-education/leadership-institute

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.

Go to https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/libdev/ to see all events or click below for specific dates and times:

In this electrifying, ALL NEW seminar, Judy Freeman will share with you her treasure-trove of the best, new children’s books from this past year. With more than 20,000 children’s books published each year, teachers and librarians are keen to select only the best titles to use with their students.

Judy Freeman, internationally recognized expert on children’s literature, can help you with this challenge. Going well beyond just familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles, she will introduce you to scores of engaging strategies to integrate children’s books across content areas for grades K-6.

Go to https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/libdev/ to see all events or click below for specific dates and times:
Interested in learning more about what happens “under the hood”? Join us for a free one-day training open to small and rural library staff interested in learning the basics of networking technology, terminology, tools, and troubleshooting. This empowering, hands on workshop will help libraries better connect with your community by expanding your understanding of the technology that powers your patrons' experience.

·         Basic hardware and software skills related to library technology management
·         Strategies for developing a library technology plan
·         Suggestions for libraries to bridge the digital divide in their communities

Training days (click to register):

Questions? Contact Nicole Umayam.
New Infopeople Courses
February 19 - March 18, 2019
February 26 - March 25, 2019
March 5 - April 1, 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. Please use your work email to contact her and include your name, email and phone number, and your library's name, library type (public, academic, school, etc.), and the name and date of the course you wish to enroll in.
New WebJunction Webinars

February 13, 2019
February 26, 2019

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
Each year the Dollar General Literacy Foundation offers funding opportunities in five focus areas to support literacy. Applications are now, or will soon be, available for funding in the following areas:
                    Adult Literacy
                    Beyond Words: School Library Relief
                    Family Literacy
                    Summer Reading
                    Youth Literacy
Apply for literacy funding and bring more resources to individuals in your community.
Several new features are available within the Testing and Education Reference Center's test-taking experience. Users can now set up a "study plan" with a custom dashboard to help them track progress and input test dates. To learn more about the added features, click here.

Did you know that your Arizona Talking Book Library has its own recording studio funded by the Library’s volunteer “ Arizona Friends of Talking Books ” along with their charity efforts? The recording studio has three recording booths at the Library and one at the Mesa Public Library. In 2008, our studios converted to the new digital format and in 2015 the National Library Service (NLS ) started posting our holdings on the national downloadable database known as BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) . Currently we have forty volunteers who dedicate hours of service providing locally produced digital books.
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