March 2018 Edition
The Arizona State Library’s website has been updated to include a new event registration system. We are once again able to register participants for events. The new registration system will no longer require logging into an account. Simply enter your email and other requested information for any of the listed events you would like to attend and you'll be registered.

For those of you who may have bookmarked our training page, please be aware that the URL has changed to
Join Judy Freeman for the 2018 version of "What's New in Children's Literature and How to Use it in Your Program." All participants will receive a copy of the workshop handbook at no cost.

This workshop is recommended for public library staff, school library staff, teachers, school administrators, etc., and is offered at no cost to participants.

These workshops will be held in Tucson and Scottsdale on March 30 and 31.
Attend this new training that Teaches STEM principles through literature!

Presenters from the Arizona Science Center will demonstrate how library staff can integrate STEM principles into family and youth programming. This training teaches participants to use a story as a framework for creating STEM-based design projects and experiments based on the experiences of the characters which can be used in Storytime or other literature based family programming. The results of these programs will deepen library users’ interest in reading and inspire creativity in the STEM fields.

Participants will:
  • Explore the themes of Water, Magnets, Measuring, Building, Shapes and Botany
  • Learn how to use a book to inspire scientific thinking and explore STEM concepts
  • Take away a STEM kit based on one of the themes presented.

Trainings will be held in Tempe, Yuma, Flagstaff, and Oro Valley.
Join the Arizona Library Association and the Arizona State Library for the Behind the Counter Virtual Conference on Thursday, April 5 th from 9:00am-5:00pm. A total of 9 sessions will be offered in two tracks at various times through the day. A range of topics will be covered including using OverDrive, Wi-Fi hotspot lending, special needs storytimes, customer service, and more. Registration is now open, so check out the full event agenda today!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) team will put on an intensive institute at the ASU Library in Tempe on June 14 & 15, 2018. The institute will enable librarians and archivists from small and mid-sized institutions to build skills for curating and preserving digital collections. Utilizing an application process, 30 individuals will be selected to attend. The POWRR Institute will be offered free of charge with financial assistance available to participants with need and will incoporate hands-on technical training, engagement with institutional case studies, and one-on-one consultation with expert practitioners drawn from the digital preservation field. Attendees will also depart the Institute with a personalized and actionable preservation plan that will enable them to take action upon returning to their institutions.
For more information about the Institute, visit the POWRR website , Applications for the Institute open on March 5 and close on March 30.
March Library Services Continuing Education Events
March 14, 9 AM-4 PM, Yuma County Library District-Main Branch
March 16, 9 AM-4 PM,  Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
March 26, 9 AM-4 PM, Pima County Public Library-Oro Valley
March 29, 9 AM-4 PM, Pima County Public Library-Joel D. Valdez Main Library
March 30, 9 AM-4 PM, Scottsdale Civic Center Library
March 31, 9 AM-4 PM, Scottsdale Civic Center Library
New Infopeople Courses
March 6-April 2, 2018
March 20-April 16, 2018
March 27-April 23, 2018
April 3-16, 2018
April 10-May 7, 2018
April 17-May 14, 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
March 14, 12-1 PM
March 29, 12-1 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 help 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 gearing up for Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 (May 24th – 27th)! We’re looking for volunteers to staff our booth this year and we’d like to invite you to be one of them.
The goal of our booth each year is to give library staff a chance to engage with the community on their turf. We want to spark conversations about what libraries have to offer; as well let you hear what con-goers love. In addition, this year we’re hoping to share any STEM or technology-related programming you currently offer or are interested in offering to the public.
Interested? Volunteers will:
  • Work a minimum of one shift at the booth (avg. 3 hrs.) in the Exhibitor hall
  • Engage Comic Fest attendees in conversations about STEM, technology, and Fandom at Libraries
  • Share lessons learned from the event in a brief write-up following the con
  • Receive a single day pass for the convention on the day they volunteer
If you’re interested in participating please fill out the application and email it to Chris Guerra by no later than Monday, April 2nd, 2018.
Do you have patrons who can’t get enough of Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton? For those fans who want to be ”in the room where it happened”, U.S. History in Context offers a rich collection of primary and secondary sources organized by subject and era. Alexander Hamilton’s biography page includes copies of the Federalist papers and letters, analysis of Hamilton’s financial system, and contemporary news and journal articles about the musical’s effect on current civic engagement. To get your patrons more connected with their country’s history, connect them with U.S. History in Context.
Are you hearing ads for libraries on the TV or radio? If patrons are coming in with questions about the library ads they heard on the radio, they may be asking about the Talking Book Library.

On Monday, February 26, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped began running   advertisements on National Public Radio and national TV stations for people who may be interested in library services for the blind, low-vision or physically impaired and who cannot use conventional reading material.  The Arizona Talking Book Library provides those services for people throughout the state.

When your patrons are having difficulty reading the Large Print Collection books, or can’t read or turn the pages of a conventional book, tell them about the Arizona Talking Book Library (TBL). TBL provides audio books, magazines, newspapers and more to the visually impaired throughout Arizona..

TBL is always looking to spread the word about their services. While they serve several thousand users, at least 480,000 more Arizonans can use the Talking Book Library services!

The Talking Book Library Staff looks forward to working closely with you and your community members who are eligible for our services. 
Let your students’ voice be heard with the Grand Canyon Reader Awards!

The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a unique book award program sponsored by the Arizona Library Association, where the winners are determined by young readers. Get students involved in a democratic process and encourage them to vote on their favorite books among the nominees. The Grand Canyon Reader awards offer voting categories from picture books through teen titles, and offers categories in fiction and non-fiction.
The website includes paper ballots for voting, a link for online voting, and promotional ideas for local libraries looking to promote the nominated titles. All 2018 votes are due April 1, 2018, so get your students voting!
If you’ve ever wanted to find information from a previous Library Services newsletter or show our newsletter to your colleagues, now you can! The new website includes a page for the Library Services Newsletter, where you can view archived version of previous newsletters and sign up to have the monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox.
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