November 2018 Edition
The Arizona Library Association's Young Adult Summit returns in 2019!

The YA Summit is an opportunity for library staff who work with teens, whether in a public library setting or a high school setting, to connect with others who share their passion for serving teens, and to learn and share strategies for engaging teens in their community.

Programming includes teen program ideas, interactive workshops, a local author panel, and a YA Author meet and greet. Participants can expect to come away with community, ideas for new innovative programs, and resources to connect them with others in their field.

The YA Summit will be held January 31-February 2, 2019 at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.  The State Library is using federal LSTA funds from IMLS to sponsor 50 scholarships to the YA Summit ., and applications for those scholarships are due November 11th. Registration begins November 12 th.
Each year, Library Development coordinates a  Summer Library Institute providing professional development, training and networking opportunities for non-MLS public library staff serving mostly small and rural libraries throughout Arizona.

During the five-day Institute, highly regarded library professionals provide learning experiences and training on a variety of topics designed to increase participants' job skills and knowledge.

Summer Library Institute coursework addresses Library Practitioner Core Competencies that may be applied toward   Library Practitioner Certification. The Competencies encompass the knowledge and skill sets required for competent performance as a library director or manager of a small or rural public library.

Applications for this year's Institute are due on December 31, 2018.
Are you looking for skills to help advance your career towards a leadership role in the library? Or have you been assigned a supervisory or managerial role and are looking for skills to improve your performance in these areas?

These two interactive workshops, presented by Rachel Rubin in Mesa and Phoenix , are aimed at all library staff members looking to be part of healthy organizations by creating a culture of organizational citizenship. The focus will be on leading from any position and supporting emergent leaders. Topics presented will include identifying the qualities and characteristics of good organizational citizens and managers, understanding the differences in expectations and responsibilities for those in supervisory roles – including specific actions and skills for staff at different levels, and what it means to develop and sustain a healthy organizational culture. The presentation will include interactive and group discussion components.
Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of what a healthy organization is and how everyone can contribute to creating and sustaining a positive organizational culture no matter their role. It will also provide an opportunity to think critically about what it means to be a good manager, leader, and colleague and identify actionable steps that can be applied in meaningful ways.
Get Involved: Powered by your Library is coming to Safford and Tuscon , with a new training for 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 that works directly with volunteers. If that is not possible (or you are one and the same) we understand and know you will benefit from participating. A working lunch will be provided.
This webinar will explain how you can utilize the READsquared Online Reading Program to host reading programs throughout the year. This webinar will work with a library in setting up a winter reading program as an example. 

READsquared provides other pre-built programs for your use, such as: Fall, Winter, 1000 Books and more. The applications are only limited by your imagination!  

READsquared  allows your library to manage reading program statistics, customize the patron experience with targeted features, functions, and content by age, and promote community support thru collaboration with schools, museums, and program sponsors. Built-in assessments and unparalleled reporting provide insights into your community’s unique character. Multiple digital and physical prizes allow you to engage and reward patrons of all ages and increase participation. 

This webinar is designed for libraries outside of Maricopa County. For libraries in Maricopa County please contact Maricopa County Reads for more infomration about the Reading Program Online software. 
Every month, WebJunction creates a conglomerated list of free online training for library staff. In a monthly article, we highlight one of the sources that WebJunction uses.

CSL In Session is an online learning series from the Colorado State Library. The series is made up of free, hour-long virtual classes on a broad range of library-related topics, delivered about once a month. These aren’t your standard information-dump-style “webinars.” CSL in session plans interactive online classes where participation is central to your learning, and where you go away with distinct takeaways that can be immediately applied in your libraries and in your professional lives.

New Infopeople Courses
October 30-November 26, 2018
October 30-November 26, 2018
November 6-December 10, 2018
November 13-December 10, 2018
November 27-December 24, 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 Jaime Ball 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
November 5, 1-2 PM
November 29, 1-2 PM

The State Library provides 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
Competitive sub-grants are available for starting or maintaining a wi-fi hotspot lending program. A wi-fi hotspot is an area where users can access the internet from a small device with a cell phone data plan. By “checking out the internet,” libraries can support their communities in several ways, such as:

  • Closing the homework gap by offering home Internet service for families with school-aged children
  • Supporting participation in online education classes
  • Offering access to online telehealth services for the homebound and elderly
  • Supporting workforce development and job skills trainings
  • Providing digital access to library users who cannot afford internet service at home

Selected libraries will receive $4,000.00 towards the purchase of wi-fi hotspot devices and data service. Applications are due by Friday, November 9, 2018.

Questions? Contact Nicole Umayam or call 602-542-6271. 
It's time to order supplies for Summer Reading 2019! Follow the instructions below to place your order. The deadline for ordering supplies is November 15!

1. Watch – Watch this short tutorial on Ordering your Arizona Summer Reading Supplies 2019 (15 min) through the Arizona State Library.

2. Plan – Browse the available supplies and review your summer reading stats from 2018 to decide on quantities needed. Please use this link only for browsing and do NOT order supplies from this link. Items ordered directly through will NOT be reimbursed.

3. Order – Complete your supply request with our online surveyDeadline November 15, 2018. Please only place your order through this survey!
The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants of $10,000 to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Since 2008, 188 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office.

Applications will be accepted from October 15 to December 14, 2018. Up to 16 grants will be awarded.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It is administered by ALA's Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be.
Read the project guidelines and apply online by Nov. 19. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected.

Awardees will receive:

  • a DVD of the American Creed documentary for their circulating collections;
  • access to a high-quality, projection-ready download of the film, with public performance rights (PPR) included; a $300 stipend to support speaker fees for an eligible public humanities scholar, or access to a representative from the National Writing Project to serve as program moderator;
  • a digital marketing and outreach kit with customizable printable postcards, posters and press releases and suggested social media posts with video clips for online promotion;
  • additional resources, training and support.

Public libraries that receive the grant must implement three public programs between January and August 2019 that explore the themes and humanities questions featured in American Creed. Grantees are required to work with a public humanities scholar or representative from the National Writing Project to facilitate a conversation about the film, and to recruit a local partner for programming and marketing collaboration.

All libraries that submit a completed application — regardless of their grant award status — may receive access and permission to screen the film for a public audience, provided they agree to submit basic information about the screening to Citizen Film.

American Creed Community Conversations is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office.
November is Native American Heritage Month and Gale’s US History In Context has created a set of resources to help your customers understand and celebrate the culture, history, and traditions of Native people. Pay tribute to important contributions, histories, and unique challenges both past and present with Native American content featured directly on the homepage of US History In Context for the entire month of November.

There are also several offerings to help you promote these resources in your library and on the web, including: a web banner, social media posts, activities, and more. You can find all available materials for use in your library and online here. 
Explore Native American Heritage through Reading Arizona’s Native American History collection

Reading Arizona carries a wide range of titles on Native American history. Readers can find detailed accounts of major historical figures, like Quanah Parker in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. This collection also holds many accounts written by Native Americans, such as Code Talker by Chester Nez, the only memoir written by one of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, and Reclaiming Dine History, a historical account of the Navajo people written by Jennifer Denetdale, the first Navajo woman to earn a PhD in history. 

With titles reaching from early America to the modern day, Reading Arizona's Native American History collection offers many options for customers interested in Native American Heritage Month.
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