May 2018 Edition
Join us for Back to the Beach, Maricopa County Library Council's annual celebration of great books for vacation reading! We have an exciting lineup this year with guest author Anne Wilson, writer of the best-selling novels  Hover  and  Clear for Liftoff . A former Navy helicopter pilot, Anne has taken her experiences and poured them not only into her engaging fiction, but also into coaching endurance sports and triathletes here in the valley. Then, get your reader’s advisory beach-ready with librarians talking about their favorite upcoming books for summer reading! Speakers include RA power-team  John Charles  and  Joanne Hamilyton-Selway  from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Advisor Extraordinaire,  Anbolyn Potter  from the Chandler Public Library, and Library Champion  Beth Medley from the Maricopa County Library. Ice cream and refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase. 
This training is for library directors and library staff who work with volunteers. Participants will come away with various tools and resources that will enable them to perfect their volunteer game. Those who are new to volunteer management will develop the necessary foundation to begin successfully recruiting and engaging with volunteers.
At the end of this training, participants will understand and gain implementation skills in:

  • Utilizing skilled volunteers at the library
  • Identifying what motivates volunteers and how to ensure the right “fit”
  • Designing volunteer job descriptions and targeting recruitment plans
  • Getting staff buy-in and other strategies for successful volunteer engagement

We encourage libraries to attend in a team of at least 2, preferably a library manager and the library staff who work directly with volunteers. If that is not possible (or you are one in the same) we understand and know you will benefit from participating.

August 21, 2018 – Chandler Public Library
August 23, 2018 – Holbrook Public Library
August 24, 2018 – Kingman Public Library
May Library Services Continuing Education Events
May 24, 1 PM-4 PM, Chandler Public Library-Downtown Branch
New Infopeople Courses
May 1-May 28, 2018
May 8-June 4, 2018
May 15-June 11, 2018
May 29-June 25, 2018
June 5-July 2, 2018
June 12-July 9, 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
May 24, 12-1 PM
May 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 deadline to submit proposals for sessions at the Arizona Library Association Conference has been extended!
The Arizona Library Association invites all library and information professionals to submit program proposals for the 2018 AzLA Annual Conference, to be held at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, October 25-26th, 2018.
Conference Theme: Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity

Libraries ensure people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. Libraries strengthen communities and help create a more literate and just society. With over 17,000 library buildings and bookmobiles (some of which serve as mobile Internet access points) in communities, public libraries are essential community institutions that deliver the resources their communities need to thrive.
Take the next step: What can you do to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people's lives?

Conference Proposals must be submitted online. Submissions for sessions, roundtables, poster programs and blitz sessions are due on May 21, 2018.
The Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium is designed for public librarians and health sciences librarians in order to meet the urgent need to increase the quality and quantity of health information services to the public.

Public Librarians will leave the symposium with a deep understanding of their essential role in providing the public with health information, including information about the All of Us Research Program, and with the resources, tools, and network connections to execute plans to develop their Consumer Health Information skills and their institution’s capacity to deliver health information services. In the Next Steps session late Tuesday, they will work with facilitators to create and prioritize their personal learning goals and plans to work with colleagues and institutional and community leaders to increase their impact on the public’s knowledge of health information.

All US-based public librarians with interest or responsibility in providing health information qualify for a  free registration  for the 1-1/2- day symposium. In addition, you may  apply for travel and lodging funds up to $500 , provided by additional funding from NNLM. Space is limited to a maximum of 150 public librarians.
Three scholarships are available to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference . The Dr. Bernard Vavrek scholarship is for current library school students. The Founders and Ken Davenport scholarship are for current ARSL members who work in small or rural libraries. 

These scholarships are for first time attendees only. Anyone who has NOT previously attended an ARSL conference is invited to apply.

The application form for the 2018 ARSL Fall Conference Scholarships is now available at the ARSL website  

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Central Time on May 25, 2018 to be considered.

For questions about the process or application, contact ARSL .
If you are looking for a new way to engage young patrons in books, creative hands-on activities, and critical thinking, the Frankenstein200 project offers a unique set of activities that integrate literature and STEAM principles. The Frankenstein200 project offers free downloadable activity ideas, an immersive online game, and other resources to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Library staff can download these free resources online which include STEM-based activities that will engage kids and families to interact around the themes of the Frankstein200 project. These activities include creating a scribbling robot to draw and bring a "creature" to life. Additionally, an alternate reality game where players can take on the role of an intern for Dr. Frankenstein's descendant, Dr. Tori Frankenstein, is available online.

To find the activity guides and material lists for the kits, scroll down to 'Resources' on this page and select 'download all files'. This will provide you with the guides to the activites, as well as facilitator information and marketing and publicity information. The alternate reality game can be found on this page.

An assembled kit with materials is available for checkout from ASU. To find out more about these resources, contact Jeannie Colton.

Frankenstein200 is a national research project led by Arizona State University and funded by the National Science Foundation that uses Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility to foster interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in informal settings.
This is a column where we share some of the Research Library’s reference questions. If you or one of your patrons has a question for us, contact us here .

Question: Where can I find a copy of an old Executive Order issued by Governor Janet Napolitano?

AnswerExecutive Orders are issued by the Governor of Arizona to establish boards or commissions or to authorize the performance of other functions that are appropriate to the executive authority of the Governor. The State of Arizona Research Library keeps and preserves physical copies of Executive Orders, which we have digitized for easier access on the Arizona Memory Project. Our oldest digitized copy is from 1902, however the collection primarily contains orders issued since the 1960s. To find Governor Napolitano’s Executive Orders, you can search for her by name, or narrow the results by time period to the 2000’s (she was in office 2003-2009).

Note: For more recent EO’s, Governor Ducey’s website contains links to all of the Executive Orders he’s signed since assuming office in 2015.
Make all your electronic resources easy to find with Gale Pages! Gale pages is a fully customizable site specific to your library that allows you to display all your available electronic resources in one place. You can personalize your site with your library's logo and more, and no matter how many changes you make, you'll always keep the same wepbage url.

Gale Pages is available to all libraries with a Gale subscription, and a standard starter page is already available and viewable. To look at your library's page, visit and provide your location ID to generate your site. If you don't know your location ID, contact Mary Villegas for assistance.
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