May 2019 Edition
The State Library has just awarded more than $675,000 to libraries throughout the state for more than 50 projects. The grant money was made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Recipients of the 2019 LSTA Subgrants were notified of their awards on Friday, May 3. Libraries from 11 counties submitted applications and at least one library from each of those counties received an award. They include academic, public, school and tribal libraries. 

Some of the projects funded by the grant program include: books for incarcerated youth, wifi hotspot lending, digitization of historical materials, science and technology programs for children, a mobile library for seniors, eBook kiosks, TV White Space implementation, and modernization of school library collections. For a complete list of the funded projects, please click here.

More information about LSTA can be found here.
McNary Community Library in Navajo County is one of only three libraries in the nation to be awarded the ALSC's Bookapalooza grant . After being devastated by a fire in June 2017, McNary is almost ready to finally reopen and this grant will provide 55 large boxes of brand new materials for its children's and YA collections.
The State Library congratulates McNary and Navajo County Librarian Geneva Durkee for being awarded this significant and much needed award.
The Arizona Summer Reading Program is about to begin! Evaluating the success of the program is a crucial element and the ARP Evaluation information is now available on the State Library website. You will also find patron surveys in English and Spanish, as well as a list of the desired outcomes.

Additionally, you can find several summer reading videos on the Arizona Libraries YouTube Channel . The Summer Reading playlis t contains micro-training videos, under 15 minutes each, designed for library staff who are new to summer reading.

For more information about the importance of gathering summer reading data, please view this short archived webinar: Demonstrating the Value of Summer Reading .
Join us for Back to the Beach, an annual celebration of great books for vacation reading! This year’s guest author is Joshua Becker. Writer of The Minimalist Home , and creator of the website , Joshua inspires readers to discover the far-reaching benefits that come with owning less. Then, get your reader’s advisory beach-ready with a variety of booktalks from local library colleagues. Ice cream and refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase.
Back to the Beach Readers Advisory is brought to you by the Maricopa County Library Council Continuing Education Committee and is free to all library staff.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 |1:00 - 4:00 pm
Burton Barr Central Library

This training is part “how to understand your homeless patrons” and part “how to work with difficult patrons.” This all-day workshop is much more than simple “sensitivity training.” You will learn why individuals experiencing homelessness do what they do and practical tools needed for resolving problems. It focuses on techniques you can use every day to resolve problems and prevent conflict such as how to stand, what to say and what not to say. There is a special focus on patrons with mental health and substance abuse issues.

In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to practice the tools and techniques taught in the session. After this training you will have more confidence with patrons experiencing homelessness, especially in the areas of resolving problems and deescalating conflict.

This workshop will be presented by Ryan Dowd. Ryan has spent most of his career as executive director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to running the shelter, Ryan trains libraries, nonprofits, police departments, hospitals and other organizations how to compassionately manage problematic behavior from troubled individuals. His book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness was published by the American Library Association.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 |8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Yavapai College
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 Ann Marie Creegan . 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

  • Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content - May 22, 2019 - In this webinar with the News Literacy Project, learn about tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of user-generated content, and explore ways to share this information with teen and adult patrons.

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
Do the teens in your library like to make videos? Encourage them to participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program 2019 Teen Video Challenge this summer!

This year's Teen Video Challenge will be a NATIONAL contest and five winners will be chosen to receive a $200 cash prize plus $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library.

* New* this year, the challenge will run through the summer, so you can hold video making programs in June and July. Videos can be submitted June 1 - August 2, 2019. These 60 second-or-less videos should be their interpretation of the 2019 slogan "A Universe of Stories." For more information, including complete contest rules, visit this page of the CSLP website:
Your input is needed to help plan for a State Library initiative to support low-cost digital literacy and device lending programs in rural Arizona. Participating libraries will have an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, and opinions about using free office suites (such as Google Docs and Libre Office) in a library setting and about checking out laptops to patrons.

Focus group meetings will be held regionally. Please contact Nicole Umayam at if you have any questions.  
The State of Arizona Research Library has a new interactive story map designed to connect individuals to the rich history of the state. This intern-created project is a tool for students and teachers, as well as residents, visitors and explorers to learn about the historic names of various locations around Arizona. This project is supplemented by a new collection on the Arizona Memory Project: The Arizona Historic Places Names , which includes dozens of historic newspaper clippings from Arizona describing the origin of place names.

The story map will continue to grow. Library volunteers are already researching new locations to add. The map is mobile-device friendly, making it an essential part of any classroom or Arizona road trip! 
Spend this Mother’s Day with Reading Arizona ! Explore our Women of Arizona collection for biographies, autobiographies, and histories of women whose stories have been powerfully told and both inspire and educate.

Learn about the frontier experience of a child of a Mexican mother and an Anglo father in the Arivaca Valley by reading A Beautiful, Cruel Country by Eva Antonia Wilbur-Cruce .

Follow the life of an Apache woman and her family from the time of the Apache wars to the modern era in Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You by Eva Tulene Watt .

Between 1914 and 1934 the U.S. government placed Native American girls as domestic servants in the homes of white families.  Matrons and Maids by Victoria Haskins tells the story through the eyes of the women who facilitated their placements.

These titles and more are available for you and your patrons for free on Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 app. An FAQ on account creation is available to assist with access to Reading Arizona .
Reading Arizona MARC Records Available Again
Do you have too many eBooks in your catalog? Of course not! Use Reading Arizona to supplement your eBook collection and reap benefits for your library and your patrons. Here are some simple ways you can take advantage of this resource:

1)    Request MARC records for Reading Arizona’s perpetual access titles and import them into your catalog. E-mail Kori Tueller at and specify whether you need MARC-8 or UTF encoded MARC records for your ILS.

2)    Does your library already use Axis 360 as an eBook platform? If so, Baker & Taylor can link your Axis 360 site to Reading Arizona so our titles are shared seamlessly. E-mail Kori Tueller at if interested in this easy, free way to expand your offerings.

3)    An account is required to access Reading Arizona materials. Do you and your patrons know how to create an account on Reading Arizona? Check out our FAQ.
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