October 2018 Edition
A Message from the State Librarian
On Friday, September 28, IMLS issued a press release stating, “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law a $853 billion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2019. The legislation includes $242 million for IMLS, which is roughly $2 million more than the FY18 enacted budget.
IMLS received an additional $1 million for its research, evaluation, and data collection, as well as a $1 million bump in its administration budget. IMLS’s Grants to States Program, funded through the Library Services and Technology Act, as well as its other museum and library programs, received level funding from FY 2018.”
Additional details are contained in the full press release .
The Library Services team is looking forward to seeing you at the   Arizona Library Association Conference   October 25-26 at the Mesa Convention Center. We are pleased to be able to use LSTA funding to be a conference sponsor and help bring you keynote speaker Ryan J. Dowd, Author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone
Library Services also has a number of staff presenting at the conference, and we invite you to those sessions:
-The AZ Library Endorses Primary Sources
 - EGG in a (Nut)Shell
- Become Part of the Narrative: Using the Craft of Fiction to Tell Compelling Library Stories
- Providing Internet Access through Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending (Blitz)
- Leap into Literacy Based STEM Experiences
- How to Market to Your Base When They’re Not in the Same Room
- Arizona Libraries Shine: A Showcase of LSTA Funded Projects (Poster)
- Breaking the Cataloging Logjam (Poster)
- Building Better Resilience 
 - Next Steps: Sharing Ideas to Identify and Create Models of Service to Ensure Access
We know there are many excellent sessions during each programming slot, so if we don’t see you in any of our presentations, please come by and say hello at our booth in the exhibit hall. The State Library’s booth is #411. 
Get Involved: Powered by your Library is coming to Safford and Tuscon , with a new training for library staff that 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 in the same) we understand and know you will benefit from participating. A working lunch will be provided.
New Infopeople Courses
September 25-October 22, 2018
October 2-October 29, 2018
October 2-October 29, 2018
October 16-November 12, 2018
October 30-November 26, 2018
October 30-November 26, 2018
November 6-December 10, 2018
November 13-December 10, 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
October 3, 12-1 PM
October 9, 12-1 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
With election day just weeks away, issues like energy, border security and immigration are on the news, social media, and on people's minds. Your library can provide a safe, trustworthy place for community members to discuss theses key issues by hosting FRANK Talks. A new selection of topics for FRANK Talks is is now available, including talks on issues important to voters, like "Energy in an Uncertain World" and "Borders, Walls and Immigration."

FRANK Talks are interactive conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a 75-minute program. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view. The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities.

Apply to host FRANK Talks now or contact Donna Throckmorton for more information.

The Arizona State Library's Writers in Residence in Libraries program promotes writing in communities by connecting local, professional authors to serve as Writers in Residence at local libraries. Writers in Residence spend time at the library during their residency composing new works and providing education for community members.

The Writers in Residence Mini-Grant program provides funds for stipends and marketing for two (2) writer’s residencies, each for a three month period. Applying libraries will select two authors to host in their library, one for a residency from February-April and a second for May-July. Recipient libraries will receive a grant of $4,800, designated for writers’ stipends, which is set at $800 per month.

More information can be found on the  Arizona Center for the Book's website. An  informational webinar is available to give more information on the program. For further questions and information, contact  Amy Ledin.
The Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB) is offering a new professional development opportunity for archivists. The program enables practicing professional archivists to travel to an archival institution within Arizona to participate in a week long training program to enhance specific skills, such as accessioning, digitization or preservation.

How does your library's collection, funding, and staffing stack up to your neighbors? With IMLS's new Search and Compare tool, you can find out.

IMLS's tool uses the information from the Public Library Survey to allow users to not only find out data about libraries across the country, but to compare libraries side by side based on different comparison criteria, such as the number of programs, service area or visits. Knowledge is power, and you can arm yourself with a wealth of statistical knowledge about the state of public libraries that are comparable to yours. With the search and compare tool, you can walk into your next city council, HR or budgetary meeting with the confidence that comes from knowing the facts.

As IMLS continues to update and improve the tool, they are looking for feedback from people who use it. If you make use of the search and compare tool, be sure to click the link in the upper right hand corner of the page to provide the feedback they need.
Read Up for the newest J.A. Jance title with Reading Arizona!

J.A. Jance’s newest Joanna Brady novel hit the shelves just a few weeks ago! The latest book in the hit mystery series based in Bisbee, AZ, Field of Bones pits Brady against a new serial killer. For those readers who want to catch up on Brady’s adventures, Reading Arizona is the place to be. Reading Arizona has over 30 different J.A. Jance titles available for checkout, including titles from the Joanna Brady, J.P. Beaumont, and Ali Reynolds series, and crossover titles where readers can find two of their favorite characters solving mysteries together. If you’ve got amateur sleuths in your library, or customers who love a good mystery, make sure to recommend the free online resource where they can read this Arizona mystery to their hearts’ content.
If you are looking for more ways to assist members of your community who experience blindness or low vision, visit the White Cane Day information fair. The Phoenix VA will hold a  White Cane Day Information Fair , Wednesday, October 19th from 10am-2pm.

This information fair is available for all individuals who are interested in learning about blindness/low vision information, especially geared towards hospital staff, veterans, anyone with visual impairments or blindness and their family members and friends.

Participants include local non-profit agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, advocacy groups and VA services.

For more information contact: Tom Hicks, VIST Coordinator at 602-277-5551 x7236.
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