March 2019 Edition
This workshop is perfect for new early literacy professionals.
Ready, set, go! Come away feeling confident offering early literacy workshops for parents and caregivers, based on the modules offered in the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read. Background information on the early literacy components and the five practices (sing, talk, read, write and play), demonstration of the adult early literacy workshop, and hands-on practice with parent-child workshops, Fun with Letters, Fun with Words, Fun with Science and Math, Fun with Parent and Child combine to give you the information you need and the opportunity to make these workshops your own.

Please bring a copy of the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd ed. binder. If you do not have a copy - please contact

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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 .
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.
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AzLA Virtual Conference on April 4
Save the date for the Arizona Library Association Virtual Conference on April 4, 2019 from 9AM to 4:30PM. Co-sponsored by the Arizona State Library, the conference will offer a range of topics, including customer service, teens and mental health, copyright-free resources, and library politics. The theme of the conference is What You Don’t Learn in Library School .
Registration will open soon on the Library Development event webpage  
Homelessness Training Institute
Homelessness Training: Learn how to compassionately, confidently and effectively address problematic behavior from patrons experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction or trauma.
This interactive training is part “how to understand your homeless patrons” and part “how to work with difficult patrons.” It focuses on very practical tools you can use every day to resolve problems and prevent conflict (e.g. how to stand, what to say, what not to say, etc.). There is a special focus on patrons with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Participants will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of homeless individuals
  • Learn about the psychology of voluntary compliance
  • Focus on practical tools for managing behavior

Joe Dutra worked for seven years at the second largest shelter in Illinois. He currently works for a nonprofit serving individuals in poverty all across the United States and world. Joe works with Ryan Dowd, author of  The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness , to provide training to library staff nationwide. He has a Master’s of Public Administration.

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New Infopeople Courses
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 and address, library type (public, academic, school, etc.), and the name and date of the course you wish to enroll in.
New WebJunction Webinars

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
Seats at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference always fill up fast! ARSL is known for its unique conference that provides library staff from rural and small libraries with networking opportunities, practical applications and professional development that can be put to use right away in their communities. The Arizona State Library reserved three spots at this year’s conference taking place in Burlington, VT on September 5 -7. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit for more information.
Continuing Education scholarships are also available for library staff to attend the 10 th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. This Symposium brings together military, government and community organizations to focus on strengthening care, services and support for service members, veterans and their families. The Symposium will take place April 17 & 18 from 8:30 - 4:30 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.
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Go to to apply for a Continuing Education scholarship.
Because Fake News Can Have Real-World Consequences
Check out these links for resources to help your staff and patrons develop critical-thinking skills for analyzing and judging the reliability of news and other information.

  • American Library Association (ALA) – Evaluating Information -- Homepage for ALA’s resources for identifying reliable sources of news and other information.
  • Checkology -- Virtual classroom designed to help students navigate the information landscape by mastering the skills of news literacy. Note: Funded by Facebook.
  • Educator Toolkit - News and Media Literacy -- Teaching tools and lesson plans provided by Common Sense Education. Note: Supported by AT&T.
  • Learn to Discern (L2D) -- IREX is piloting the L2D curriculum in the United States with local communities and journalists, in partnership with the Rural Activation and Innovation Network and Free Press, and with support from the Adobe Foundation.
  • Learning and Prototyping Report -- Based on the Media Literacy @ Your Library project, a joint effort between the American Library Association and the Center for News Literacy @ Stony Brook University, designed to train library workers to better equip their adult patrons to be discerning news consumers.
  • News Literacy Project - a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age.
  • NewseumED -- Free online resources designed to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life.
  • NewsGuard -- A team of journalists and editors rate thousands of news and information websites based on nine journalistic criteria—such as whether the site regularly publishes false content, reveals conflicts of interest, discloses financing, or publicly corrects reporting errors. A free browser extension displays rating icons when reviewed sites are visited. Note: Supported by Microsoft.

Hear from scholars, librarians, students, and publishers about the importance of preserving these rich resources and how to use them in your research and communities. The event is free, but registration is required by March 21. Attend the symposium, or reception, or both! 

The University of Arizona Libraries and the State of Arizona Research Library at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, are collaborating on a National Digital Newspaper Program grant, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress. Through this grant, we are digitizing newspapers that reflect the diverse communities of Arizona, including African American, American Indian, and Spanish-language newspapers. These digitized newspapers will be included in Chronicling America, the free and openly-accessible national newspaper database hosted by the Library of Congress.

Date And Time
Friday, March 29
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM MST

University of Arizona Main Library and Special Collections
1510 E University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721

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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