July 2020 Edition
A Message from the State Librarian
July 1 brought excellent news for the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records!
We received word that Governor Ducey had issued an Executive Order that continues the State Library until March 31, 2021 or until action is taken by the legislature for continuation or termination. Due to COVID-19, the Arizona legislature had adjourned in May before the final vote on the bill to continue the State Library under the Sunset Review process.
 
Specifically mentioned in the Executive Order is the fact that the State Library has CARES Act funding to distribute to libraries. Letters from Secretary Hobbs, legislators, and community stakeholders are also called out. We are very grateful for the opportunity to continue fulfilling our mission of “Preserving Arizona, Providing Access.”
 
During the pandemic, Arizona library staff have continued to meet the needs of your communities with new service models, and we have reallocated resources to support your work accordingly. One of those ways has been to enhance digital services. As it continues to be challenging to provide in-person services, the State Library is offering an opportunity for public libraries to provide additional ebooks and e-audiobooks for customers by directly paying libraries’ current vendors for e-content. This project is called Diversit-E.
 
Participating libraries will receive funding in their ebook accounts to select titles relating to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Selections may be for any age group, and multiple copies of the same title may be purchased. Formats must be either ebook or e-audiobook. Mary Villegas in Library Development is the Diversit-E project manager and can answer any questions.
 
We also invite you to share with customers the free content on Reading Arizona on these timely topics.  Arizona Voices is a collection of over 70 titles related to the racial equity and social justice struggles faced by various populations throughout Arizona’s history. Please contact Kori Tueller at the Research Library for additional information.
 
Many other opportunities are detailed in the articles below. If you have questions or suggestions for additional ways the State Library may be of assistance, please reach out to Library Development or to me .  
 
Stay safe and well,

Holly Henley
State Librarian
Resources & Opportunities
CARES Supplemental Funding Opportunity
Applications Due August 7
The State Library received $657,394 in CARES Act funding from IMLS to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services.” 

State Library staff developed three funding opportunities to support Arizona residents through their libraries: CARES Express, CARES Expanded and CARES Supplemental. Visit https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding to learn more about the first two phases.

CARES Supplemental, the third phrase, focuses on library partnerships with museums and workforce development organizations . Libraries of all types are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Based on the goals of the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries , successful CARES Supplemental projects will address problems created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency by: 

  • Building on the role of museums and libraries as trusted spaces to strengthen community connections and healing through exhibitions, programs, and events. 
  • Developing short- or medium-term solutions relating to gaps in digital infrastructure such as broadband, local network solutions, and/or providing access to devices or training.
  • Designing and delivering formal and informal digital learning resources to support individual and community response and recovery efforts.
  • Creating, preserving, or delivering digital content that improves or expands access to materials and collections during and after the pandemic.
  • Developing tools and technologies that provide for the protection of community assets and enable people of all backgrounds and abilities to discover and use museum and library collections and resources.
  • Advancing shared systems, networks, and open-source technologies to enhance access, optimize adoption and use, and sustain the management of digital assets.
  • Leveraging new digital learning resources and new media communications tools to foster audience engagement, learning, and conversation within broader social networks.

Applications are due August 7, 2020. Apply online today. The Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes guidelines and an application worksheet, is available here.

For more information, please v isit https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding or contact Jaime Ball.
IMLS Opens Library Grants for National Leadership, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Programs  
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2021 proposals for  National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L)  and the  Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21)
 
Applicants have through October 2, 2020 , to submit their two-page preliminary proposals. 

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. 

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program invests in developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. 
Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully and reach out to IMLS staff members listed on the  NLG-L  and  LB21  webpages with any questions. 
 
Webinar  
One pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinar is scheduled for  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 , from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, and a recording of the webinar will also be available on-demand afterward.
Resilient Communities:
Libraries Respond to Climate Change
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.

The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

Learn more about Resilient Communities and apply online: http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/climatechange

Applications will be accepted from July 1 to August 28, 2020. Participating libraries will be selected through a peer-reviewed, competitive application process managed by ALA’s Public Programs Office.
Selected libraries will receive:
  • $1,000 programming grant to support in-person or virtual climate-related programs and activities
  • a small collection of documentaries/docudramas on DVD, with public performance rights
  • Climate Resilience Hub support, provided by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) in coordination with ALA
  • digital promotional materials, online learning opportunities and more
  • Participating libraries will collaborate with a community partner organization to host three public programs in 2020-2021 that focus on climate change science, sustainability, emergency weather preparedness, environmental justice or related subjects
Given safety and restrictions around in-person programming due to COVID-19, ALA encourages applicants to consider virtual programs or other formats that prioritize the health and safety of library staff and patrons. Read the project guidelines for details and resources for planning virtual programs.

If you wish to discuss a potential application one-on-one with a Resilient Communities advisor, please email publicprograms@ala.org to make arrangements. (Project advisors will not serve on the application review committee.)

A free programming guide about in-person and virtual climate change programming will be available on ALA’s Programming Librarian website for all libraries in fall 2020. Sign up for ALA’s Programming Librarian newslette r to be notified when the guide is available.

Arizona State Archives Unveils New Project to Document Government Response to COVID-19
As the coronavirus became a national crisis and parts of Arizona began to close, the State Archives created the Archives Digital Emergency Preparedness Team—or ADEPT—to collect the State of Arizona’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the project is to capture websites of state agencies, counties, municipalities, and tribes as they share information to the public about their operations, policies and reactions as the health crisis unfolds. "This is an important time to not only capture Arizona's reaction to the pandemic, but also to ensure that future Arizonans can learn from the steps and even missteps taken throughout this crisis," said Carlos Lopez, lead archivist and ADEPT Member.

Websites and social media are the main way that public bodies communicate directly with the public, therefore they are a rich source for future historians and researchers to see how our state, county and local governments reacted to the pandemic. ADEPT began the project in mid-March, using Archive-It, a division of the Internet Archive, to capture the websites. Archive-It can not only capture the text and pictures of the sites, but audiovisual files as well. Laura Keller, electronic records archivist and ADEPT Member, explained, “People assume that once something is on the internet, it’s there forever, but the opposite is true. Web content is meant to be relevant to the right now, therefore it changes rapidly to stay current. With COVID-19, that content is changing even faster, not just day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. If we don’t capture it now, it will be gone forever.” The websites are preserved and available publicly to researchers here: https://archive-it.org/collections/13738

Archive-It is a web archiving program the State Archives has used since 2012 to archive the State of Arizona’s presence on the web, including official sites and social media. Their collection scope includes all state agencies, counties, municipalities and state and federal elected officials. Other historical website collections include Arizona and the 2016 Presidential Election and the Arizona Centennial. These and all other website collections are available at https://archive-it.org/home/ASLAPR.
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Arizona Libraries Reimagine
Summer Reading - July Spotlight
Maricopa County Reads Summer Reading Program ( http://read20az.com) brings together the public, tribal and military libraries in Maricopa County to keep their communities learning throughout the summer.
 While the annual program has been tracking minutes, offering reading challenges and awarding prizes online for years, the Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) also provided over 200 in-person events at the 67 participating libraries. With in-person programming suspended, there was a scramble to still provide the edutainment aspect of summer that participants love. To support library staff, library customers and the beloved performers, a quick scramble of code-writing by the Web Team and a coordination with local performers on bit rates, aspect ratios and video editing, and …Voila, Summer Streaming Events were created! ( https://maricopacountyreads.org/Events/StreamingEvents)

Maricopa County Reads is excited to provide over 25 unique virtual events exclusively to Summer Reading participants. Each week, three new diverse videos are available to view on-demand. Participants can look forward to magicians, princess storytime, animal encounters, West African music, Henna tutorials, a Chinese Lion Dance performance, and so much more!

Library staff are also able to promote and link to their own virtual programs ( https://maricopacountyreads.org/Events) that they are providing through their own digital platforms.

With the amazing virtual program now available through the Maricopa County Reads, a patron’s location in the valley will not limit their access to the knowledgeable, creative programs provided by library staff and local performers.

Have you reimagined Summer Reading at your library? Contact Donna Throckmorton to share you story.
Arizona Humanities Goes Virtual:
AZ Speaks and FRANK Talks Programs
Arizona Humanities will be launching virtual AZ Speaks and FRANK Talk presentations. The goal is to make sure AZ Speaks and FRANK Talks programs are accessible to old fans, and new ones.

What's the Same
  • Applications for virtual programs will continue to be submitted at the Grants and Programs dashboard on the Arizona Humanities website.
  • Libraries are responsible for marketing, scheduling the program with the Presenter or Facilitator, and for overseeing audience participation during the program.
  • Programs will be one hour in length.

What's New
  • Host site will fully participate in the digital program from start to finish.
  • Programs will consist of a pre-recorded presentation, followed by a live Q&A session with the Presenter/Facilitator.
  • To ensure a safe space and to protect against disruption, participants must pre-register for programs via an event sign-up link.
  •  FRANK Talks participation will have a registration limit to foster quality community conversation.
  • AZ Speaks presentations have no participation limits and can accommodate up to 500 participants per program.
  • All hosts must participate in a brief webinar training.

All Presenters and Facilitators who have agreed to participate in virtual programs are receiving training and are being filmed. The first webinar training was presented on Thursday, July 2. Its recording can be found here.

Your help is needed to make these virtual programs a success and your feedback is welcome at any time. To learn more and to browse the available speakers and topics, go to azhumanities.org or contact Chris Wells, Programs Manager at cwells@azhumanities.org or call (602) 257 0335 x26.
Virtual Storytime Services Guide
Many libraries in Arizona began to offer virtual storytimes and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to offer these programs in the future. The  Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)  and the  Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)  have released a  Virtual Storytime Services Guide  to assist libraries in creating high quality and meaningful online experiences for their patrons.

Topics covered in this guide include:
  • Technology Tools
  • Suggested Practices
  • Copyright Considerations
  • Serving Diverse Children and Families
  • Promoting Virtual Storytime Programs
  • Other Virtual Children’s Programs
  • External Resources to Support Early Literacy

Each of these sections includes resources and suggestions for library leadership, departments involved in the virtual program editing or marketing processes, and virtual program providers.

This guide was created in collaboration with many dedicated individuals as part of a Virtual Storytime Guide Working Group and others who shared their expertise. For a detailed acknowledgments list, please visit the  introduction  of the Virtual Storytime Services Guide. The full guide can be  accessed for free  by visiting the ALSC.
Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) for the Affordable Care Act

In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst, PLA is offering mini-grants to support up to 30 libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDO) who in turn will certify at least 1 staff or volunteer to become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). These CACs will receive training and hands on support from PLA to assist patrons and community members as they enroll in health plans during the 2021 Open Enrollment period and special enrollment period. CAC training will take an estimated ~25 hours to complete.

Additionally, 10 of these 30 libraries will also be eligible for an additional mini-grant to support outreach efforts such as communication, awareness, and education about the upcoming Open Enrollment period which begins November 1- December 15, 2020.
Apply here July 1–July 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central.

If you have questions about the application or process for becoming a CDO, please contact Symone Villasenor at svillasenor@ala.org or 312-280-5018; or Leighann Wood at lwood@ala.org or 312-280-5867.

For more information and resources to prepare for open enrollment, please visit http://www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/connectingyoutocoverage .
Professional Development News
Transforming Teen Services
Online Course Begins August 13, 2020
The Arizona State Library will be offering a 6-week facilitated course for the YALSA Transforming Teen Services, an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded project. The project focuses on supporting library staff working with teens to better understand how connected learning can build equity-based teen services in libraries. As you go through the connected learning (CL) module you will have a chance to find out what connected learning is and to reflect on how CL fits into your own libraries’ services. The modules are designed for you to go through them in the order listed below.
  • What is CL: this is where you will be introduced to the ideas of CL and why they are important for library staff working with and for teens.
  • Self-reflection on CL: We want to give you the chance to think about how CL fits into your own experience and work life.
  • Theory into Practice: Think about how CL does and doesn't work within the library context.
  • CL and Your Library: How libraries are integrating CL into their services.
  • What's Next: Planning for your own integration and/or expansion of Connected Learning in your library.

This course will be co-facilitated by Donna Throckmorton, Arizona State Library and Zack Garcia, Camp Verde Community Library. The Transforming Teen Services learning cohort will be capped at 15 participants and applications to participate can be submitted here.  Deadline for application is July 15, 2020.

The cohort will meet weekly via WebEx for 6 sessions on Thursdays at 1:00 PM on August 13, 20, 27, September. 3, 10 and 17 to discuss the Connected Learning concepts. Applicants that are available to attend all 6 sessions will be given priority to participate.

Please contact Donna Throckmorton at dthrockmorton@azlibrary.gov with any questions.
AzLA Annual Has Gone Virtual!
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AzLA has moved its annual conference online. AzLA values professional development, and as such hopes to create an inclusive online experience for the annual conference. 

When: October 14th and 15th, 2020
Where: Virtual Conference via WebEx
Conference Cost: $65, or Free to AzLA Members

Conference Theme:  Vision 2020: Libraries Moving Forward
What will your library look like in 2030? How are you preparing? 

The Arizona Library Association invites all library and information professionals to submit program proposals for the 2020 AzLA Annual Conference.

NEW proposal submission deadline is July 28, 2020. Visit the AzLA 2020 Annual Conference Program Proposals Information Page for more information.
Niche Academy for
Arizona Library Staff

Don’t forget to check out the many resources on the Academy for Arizona Library Staff at Niche Academy. You will find webinars and tutorials on many topics specifically related to library service.

Of particular interest is the Reopening Lives With the Library Academy . This academy is a compilation of webinars and tutorials on information on how to help our patrons navigate COVID-19. The topics in this academy cover many different areas from “How to Make a Face Mask” to “How to Create a Basic Resume Using Microsoft Word."

For access to these or any other Niche Academy webinars, contact Ann Marie Creegan .
PCI Webinars
The Arizona State Library has purchased a subscription to PCI webinars. These webinars are specifically designed for library staff. The subscription allows Arizona library staff access to both the online and archived webinars. To access the live webinars, follow the link below and register for the webinar. A link will be sent to you with log-in instructions. If you have missed any of the live webinars, they are all accessed on the Academy for Arizona Library Staff on Niche Academy . Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov with your email address for access.

Here are the upcoming live webinars on Wednesdays at 9:30AM Mountain Standard Time. (all times Mountain Standard Time):


Upcoming WebJunction Webinars
WebJunction hosts free live webinars that are open to all. Each session covers a high-interest library topic presented by real-world practitioners and experts. Webjunction is only hosting one live webinar in July, but they have hundreds of archived webinars that are extremely informative.

The live webinar for July is:
Closed buildings and social distancing doesn’t need to mean the end of engaging and fun board game groups hosted by libraries. Many libraries have worked hard to organize board game groups, while others are still considering how to get started. This webinar will explore how to make the transition to online board gaming, moderate meetups, and facilitate discussions among participants. The session will be applicable to those looking to move online and anyone interested in starting their first gaming group.
When: July 28, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Upcoming 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 with the following information :
  • The course name and dates
  • Registrant’s name
  • Registrant’s email
  • Library name
  • Library address
  • Library phone number

Here are the upcoming Infopeople courses

Through readings, assignments and online discussion forums learners will learn the factors that contribute to burnout, how those can be altered or alternative ways to respond. Each week we will introduce one or more habits & practices that can help build or restore resilience and we will practice incorporating them into our lives.
When: July 7-August 3, 2020

Through a combination of two live online meetings, independent assignments, and online discussions, you'll discover how to visually present library information and data. Using online resources such as Easel.ly, Venngage or Canva, you will apply the skills and concepts learned to create an infographic report for your board or community.
When: July 21-August 3, 2020

Through a variety of readings and other resources, assignments and optional activities, online discussion forums, and guided field practice, this six-week online course provides: best practices, tips and techniques, and the opportunity to put them into immediate action meeting your community's interests in reading and media discovery. It’s likely that interests and media format preferences have been affected by the COVID19 pandemic and we will address alternative approaches to helping community members find leisure media and reading in spite of library service changes. In addition to becoming familiar with a variety of published tools that support excellent advisory work, you will develop your own customized aids and become ready to collaborate with other agencies in your community, and beyond.
When: August 25-October 5, 2020
More Online Learning Opportunities
Hopefully, in-person training will resume soon! Meanwhile, there are many opportunities for online learning. Below are just a few.

Two Webinars from IREX and RAIN
IREX and RAIN have teamed up to bring media literacy training for public library staff.

What is Misinformation in the Age of Coronavirus?
In this webinar for public librarians, we'll review the common types of misinformation, focusing on how this misinformation makes it hard for people to know what to believe--even during a global pandemic. You will receive resources and ideas on how you can share this knowledge with your community.
 
How to Spot Misinformation in the Age of Coronavirus
Description
In this webinar for public librarians we'll provide specific tools that you can use to help your community discern misinformation. We'll review both image-based and text-based verification techniques and provide you with resources on technology tools that can help your community better identify manipulative content.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in the Library Virtual Conference
The Colorado Association of Libraries, in response to the national climate and with COVID travel restrictions in mind, has announced a virtual DEIA webinar, to take place this July. Registration is open to library staff and supporters regardless of physical location. STAR Net staff including Brooks Mitchell, Claire Ratcliffe, and Anne Holland will be presenting!
Please click this link to learn more: https://cal-webs.org/EDI

Association of College & Research Libraries Virtual Program
ACRL recently held a virtual event Together Wherever on June 8-12. The recordings of all sessions are now freely available on their YouTube channel . There are a wide range of topics that are of specific interest to academic library staff. The topics and descriptions can be found at their website .

Webinars from around the Country
NCompass Live is the Nebraska Library Commision’s weekly webinar series covering a variety of library topics and activities. It is free and open for anyone to view. Registration for these webinars can be found here or explore archives of past webinars.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission also offers many free webinars that are open to anyone in the library field. Registration for upcoming webinars can be found here. Links to archived webinars can be found here.

Th e Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) offers training for librarians on health topics. The list of upcoming trainings can be found at their website.

Every month, the Wyoming State Library compiles a training calendar that lists all of the free webinars and trainings offered for the month. The list can be found on their website.
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
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