February 2020 Edition
Happy Statehood Day, Arizona!
Professional Development News
What's New in Children's Literature
Don’t miss this electrifying, all-new seminar! Shauna Yusko will share with you the best new children’s books from this past year. She will match the books with a wealth of ready-to-use ideas and engaging activities for ALL areas of your program. This is a stimulating presentation to make you excited about this year’s new books and eager to try them out with your own students.

Register now for one of these sessions!

Fighting Misinformation with Media Literacy
The digital and social media environment has enabled anyone to be a publisher, and given audiences' almost infinite choices, with both great and questionable effects. In a world of information overload, it can be difficult to discern fact from opinion and truth from fiction. This "fake news" training for library staff is designed to empower all levels of library professionals to become active users of media, not just passive consumers. Participants will learn tips and techniques for wading through this barrage of information with a critical eye, to be better informed and to help patrons and colleagues boost their skills.

YALSA Webinars Now Available
The Arizona State Library has purchased a subscription for Arizona Library staff to access the YALSA member or subscriber only webinars. Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov for access. The upcoming webinars are:

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00 PM Mountain, Engaging Teens in the 2020 Census, Explore ideas for programs that promote civic engagement around the Census. Learn about Census-themed resources available to libraries and schools. Develop outreach and partnership strategies that encourage completion of the Census questionnaire by families and guardians of young adults.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 PM Mountain, Cultivating Voice Through Youth Leadership Programs Youth leadership programs (YLPs) offer opportunities for library staff to create deep relationships with youth, to co-design dynamic programming with them, and to empower teens to succeed. Learn more about why YLPs work, why you should explore them, how you can advocate for them, and how their impact extends far beyond the library’s walls.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020, 12:00 PM Mountain, Teen Hackathon: Creativity, Collaboration, and Competition Hackathons have been ubiquitous in the technology community for almost a decade, yet it is still a term that many people have never heard of or misinterpret. Learn what a hackathon is, how to organize one, and how to get your community excited about it. Ultimately, hackathons are an ideal representation of the 21st century library as an incubator, requiring access to information, technology, and a shared center for collaboration.

There are also many archived webinars on these different topics that you can access as well.

For questions, contact Ann Marie Creegan
National RIPL Registration Opens
Registration for the next national Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) event opens February 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT at https://ripl.lrs.org/2020/. RIPL 2020 will be held July 12-15 in the Chicago suburbs.

A new curriculum and format will debut at this event, tailored to meeting the needs of those just getting started with data and evaluation as well as data geeks, and for people new to RIPL as well as RIPL alumni. Longer breakout sessions will enable participants to explore topics in more depth. What’s not changing? Hands-on, experiential learning; an immersive, camp-like experience (with better accommodations!); and the opportunity to connect with instructors and library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries. You can find more information about the event at https://ripl.lrs.org/2020/.

Scholarships are available for qualified Arizona library staff. Please go to https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/continuing-education/scholarships or contact Ann Marie Creegan, Continuing Education Coordinator, for more information.
Free WebJunction Webinar on Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries
Are you interested in increasing access to justice for your customers? Consider applying for the Law4AZ LSTA mini-grant . Contact Mary Villegas for more information.

Although legal issues can be intimidating for library staff, public libraries are well positioned to help reduce the justice gap—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs—by providing more access points to legal information and services.

OCLC’s WebJunction will hold a free webinar on February 11 entitled Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries.  Participants will learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system, the vital role public libraries can play in reducing the justice gap, and about the live, multi-week course to be offered in April. Register here for the free webinar.
Registration for the April 2020 course Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice will also open February 11. The course includes topics on conducting the legal reference interview, commonly addressed civil legal topics, and forming successful partnerships to improve access to civil legal justice for your patrons, among others.

This webinar is part of Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a national training initiative for public library staff. Learn more at oc.lc/legal-justice .

Public Library Examples
Make it Social! Make it Real! Make it Fun!
Transforming Teen Services with Connected Learning
Social and digital media available in libraries connect students and young people to each other and to a host of formal and informal educators, providing limitless opportunities to seek and acquire new knowledge and skills. 

Libraries are ideal settings for connected learning by providing safe and supportive settings for hands-on production and interest driven learning activities. This workshop introduces participants to the core concepts of Connected Learning. Participants explore the principles of Connected Learning and how to take Connected Learning theory and incorporate into library programming. 

Transforming Teen Services with Connected Learning was developed by YALSA and is aimed at improving competencies for library staff serving teens and are part of the YALSA/COSLA IMLS funded  Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach  (T3) project.
New WebJunction Webinars
Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at  http://learn.webjunction.org   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:

In this webinar, hosted in collaboration with ARSL, learn how to make "librarian" a verb, actively connecting with your whole community. Making connections and being an active part of the community you serve is especially important in small and rural libraries. It makes your library more visible and also enhances the quality of life in the community. Learn how a rural library director transformed library services over one summer, by getting out and growing awareness in the community. With the help of two enthusiastic staff, one simple idea grew into so much more. We will explore different ways to engage your community, spark young readers, and build relationships with families. Hear tips, tools, and personal stories about how the library implemented outreach services and created ways to positively impact the entire community! Learn how to make "librarian" not only your job title, but what you  actively do.
When : February 5, 2020
Time : 1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

Join us to learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system and about the vital role you can play in connecting people with information and supporting them as they navigate the complexities of the legal system. Law librarian Catherine McGuire, who has conducted extensive trainings with public libraries, will share insights into interacting with patrons who approach the library with civil legal needs. With a basic understanding of the civil legal justice landscape, we hope you will be motivated to plunge deeper into helping close the justice gap by taking the live, multi-week online course to be offered in April.
When : February 11, 2020
Time : 1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
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:

This four-week online course will utilize readings, examples, resources and an online meeting to help you develop a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence and put it into practice. You will be able to apply the concepts and techniques immediately to your own library and community. As part of the course, you will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions with others.
When: February 4 - March 2, 2020

This four-week online course will provide weekly readings, practical assignments, and discussion forums for sharing ideas and experiences. The instructor will provide essential resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately in your library. There will be two optional online meetings during the course. The first online meeting will take place during the second week of the course and will focus on graphic novels. The second online meeting, in week 4, will explore and encourage sharing of ideas for teen programming.
When : February 11 - March 9, 2020

This two-week course will provide readings, resources, examples, and two online meetings. You will plan a display and if possible, actually create the display, too. Learners will share their display plans, examples, questions and challenges with one another and the instructor will provide design advice and suggestions for improvement.
When: February 18 - March 2, 2020
Grants & Opportunities
LSTA Grant Application Deadline March 6
You still have time to apply for LSTA funding! The deadline for grant applications is March 6, 2020 . Visit the LSTA webpage for information about the grant guidelines and the online application .

You can view a 45-minute video that gives an overview of the application process.

New LSTA Mini-Grants are also available this year. Click here for more information.

Please contact a  Library Development Consultant if you have any questions about your project idea.
We look forward to seeing your applications! 
Are You Ready for Census 2020?
For the first time ever, the decennial Census will be conducted primarily online. Library staff will be instrumental in helping community members to understand and access the census form, just as we helped our customers with the launch of healthcare.gov. Of course, all this is happening at the same time as tax season (!) but never fear -- resources are here!

What can you do?
  • Educate yourself about the Census, including the timeline, privacy issues, and other questions you might be asked.
  • Review the new Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census for background information, frequently asked questions, and tips for libraries.
  • Point community members to azcensus2020.gov, especially the Be Counted page.
  •  Encourage your customers to complete and submit the census form, which looks like this.
  • Get updates from your local Complete Count Committee. Find your CCC on this interactive map.
  • Use the tools and resources azcensus2020.gov. The flyers, posters, postcards and talking points are designed to appeal to just about everyone in your community.
  • Take a look at the Manual for Libraries, CBOs, and Community Advocates: Preparing for the First Digital Census. There’s some good information here about interfacing with the public and working with your IT department.
  • Dedicate desktops and devices to enable census form submission.
  • Provide information for census job seekers.

Census Week is March 12-20, 2020 . Here are a few things you can do to mark the occasion:

Questions about Census 2020 at your library? Email Chris Guerra for more information.

Free Book Discussion Kits!
Encourage health and wellness in your community by starting a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Reading Club. The NNLM Reading Club kits include a selection of books along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs in their communities. Through the fun and intimacy of a book club, readers will discuss health and wellness topics important to them and their loved ones. They will also discover National Library of Medicine consumer health resources.
The free book club kit includes 8 books, discussion guides, tote bags, and other materials. Most of the titles are for adult audiences, but there are a few titles that are great for teen book discussions such as Little & Lion and Hey Kiddo. The titles are chosen to address important health topics that often coincide with a National Health Observance such as Mental Health Month in May, but book discussions can be held at any time of the year. Additional titles are offered every month. Visit https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/nnlm-reading-club/ to see the offerings. 
To get started, become a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. It’s free and easy. Just go to https://nnlm.gov/members/join-network and fill out the one-page form. NNLM encourages libraries of all types to become part of their network. The benefits of joining include free resources, free training for library staff, help with developing ideas for programs, and funding opportunities.
For more information, contact Kelli Ham, Community Engagement Librarian, kkham@library.ucla.edu
Connect with Be Connected!
Give back to veterans and service family members in your community by becoming a Be Connected Partner! As a Be Connected Partner, you are recognized as part of a vetted community that serves the military, veteran and family population. Your programs, services, events and brand will be highlighted on the Be Connected Web Based Platform, and you'll have access to the Arizona Coalition for Military Families for technical assistance and training. Additionally, you will be helping to continually build our community's capacity to effectively serve military members, veterans and their families. 

To start the partnership process, please follow this link to fill out a pre-application:  https://form.jotform.com/32102974991155

Another way you can let your community know about Be Connected is by making their information available in your library. Go to  https://form.jotform.com/81758712034962 to order business cards, rack cards, posters and other materials.

Be a part of the ecosystem of support and help others to Be Connected!
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