October 2019 Edition
This summer, Arizonans spent almost 116 million minutes reading! Summer reading events and programs were attended 370 thousand times. And at the end of the summer, 74% of survey respondents reported that they enjoyed reading more and read more often as a result of the program.

Click here to download the full snapshot of Summer Library Statistics.
Professional Development News
Affordable Tech: Discount Internet & Devices for Your Library Patrons
Public libraries have long been involved in providing access to the internet and to technology for their communities, but in today’s increasingly online world, patrons still need access after the library has closed. For low-income households and homes of residents aged 65 and older, one access barrier may be affordability of service, not only availability. Tune in to this informative webinar to learn about discount internet & device offers that are available for your library patrons.  

This webinar is a part of Digital Inclusion Week (October 7-11, 2019). DIW aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. DIW2019 is sponsored by the  National Digital Inclusion Alliance  representing more than 350 affiliated organizations in 44 states working toward digital equity.

Register here:
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship and Health
We all know that a healthy workplace is a great workplace, and a great workplace inspires staff to deliver top notch service, which is the key to a library’s success. But how do we make our organizations healthy? Join us for a dynamic session, presented by Rachel G. Rubin, to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

Rachel G. Rubin is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she was the director of the Bexley (OH) Public Library and she worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Worthington (OH) Libraries. She holds a BA from Carleton College, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College. 

Space is limited! Register now:

Research Institute for Public Libraries:
Regional RIPL in Arizona
The Arizona State Library is bringing RIPL (Research Institute for Public Libraries) to you! Do not miss the chance to attend Regional RIPL in Arizona. Registration is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and there is only space for 50 people. Registration for this event is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch both days. Registration will open to Arizona library staff on October 2, 2019.  Registration will open to library staff in surrounding states on November 13, 2019. Scholarships are available for travel and lodging.

Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), RIPL is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.

Participants will walk away from the RIPL Regional with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.

When: January 22-23, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day (breakfast and lunch provided)

Attendees must make their own hotel arrangements.

Professional Archivists' Development Program 2019 applications now being accepted
This program enables practicing professional archivists to travel to an archival institution within Arizona to participate in a week-long training program. The hosting institutions are the Arizona State Archives, Arizona Historical Society, University of Arizona Special Collections, and Northern Arizona University Special Collections.

Each participant will work with staff from one of these institutions to craft a personal professional development plan.

For more information, contact Dennis Preisler at the Arizona State Archives.
Application deadline is October 30, 2019. Applications can be downloaded here.
New Infopeople Courses
I nfopeople offers a variety of webinars and self-paced online courses on topics of high interest for library staff. Webinars are free, and the Arizona State Library has purchased a block of registrations for the online courses. Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to  Ann Marie Creegan , containing:
·        The course name and dates
·        Registrant’s name
·        Registrant’s email
·        Library name
·        Library address
·        Library phone number
Upcoming courses:

Library Grants 101 In this popular course, you can discover the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to win library grants with instructor Stephanie Gerding, grants expert and an author of the best seller, Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians  from ALA Editions.
When: October 1-28

Emotional Intelligence in the Library Workplace Emotional intelligence, aka “the other kind of intelligence,” is considered by many to be more important to workplace success and satisfaction than technical ability or IQ. This four-week online course will utilize readings, examples, discussion forums and resources to help you develop a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence and put it into practice.
When : October 22-November 18

Emerging Technologies: Identify, Evaluate, and Recommend the Best New Technologies for Library Services If you are a library professional who needs to implement new technologies, you are well aware of how challenging it can be to keep up with emerging technologies. You’ve likely seen trends come and go and wondered how and where to invest your limited time and budget. In this 4-week online course you’ll learn the best methods and strategies for tracking technology trends. 
When: October 29-November 25

Introduction to Website Accessibility In this one-hour webinar, you'll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. Topics for this webinar include: what accessibility means in a web context, and how it differs from web usability, and legal issues surrounding web accessibility and how these can affect libraries.
When: October 24
Time: 12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Facilitating Civic Engagement with Pop-Up Programming In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab--a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase public discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. In this webinar Christine Goertz and Amy Holcomb, two members of the Civic Lab team, will discuss the background of the Civic Lab, strategies in developing civic literacy opportunities across multiple departments, and the four types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. Additionally, they will cover why civic engagement is inherent in library services as well as the lessons learned from three years of civic literacy programming.
When : November 6
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
New WebJunction Webinars
Don’t miss out on the great upcoming webinars being offered on Webjunction. Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at  http://learn.webjunction.org  and then explore the catalog of library-focused courses and archived webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you for any of the courses or archived webinars you complete from the catalog.

Upcoming webinars:

This webinar will explore the free resources available in multiple languages and formats provided by the  Federal Trade Commission  (FTC) that can be used by your patrons to protect their identity and to recognize and avoid scams. You’ll also hear how  Johnson County Library  is partnering with local agencies to provide programs and resources to empower consumers in their community.  
When : October 17
Time : 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

As communities across the country experience the impact of the opioid epidemic, public library staff are finding themselves on the front line of this public health crisis. How should libraries engage? This IMLS-funded project studied a diverse set of communities where the library is an active partner in addressing the epidemic and facilitated discussions with library leaders and a range of government, public health, and community organizations. Presenters will share insights gained from the case studies and emerging practices, opportunities, and challenges, and share resources to help library staff guide their libraries’ response to the opioid crisis. This is the first in a series of webinars on this topic, highlighting the project findings.
When : October 30
Time : 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on the basics of library advocacy and how to integrate advocacy into your everyday and into your community relationships. Learn about inexpensive ideas and activities to advocate like a natural.
When : November 7
Time : 1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
Save the Date for these upcoming conferences

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for the MPLA Leadership Institute . This next Institute will be in Prescott, AZ at Yavapai College from June 7-12, 2020. There are only 30 slots and it is a competitive process.
Registration is open now and the deadline is November 15, 2019.

Would you like to attend one of these conferences but budgets are tight? Don’t forget that all library personnel employed full-time in Arizona libraries are eligible to apply for a Continuing Education Scholarship to learn best practices of librarianship. Scholarships are are funded with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and may be granted only when federal funds are available. For complete details and application, see the Library Development Scholarships  page for more information.
Grants & Opportunities
Calling Small Libraries: IMLS opens grant program for second year
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), specifically seeking proposals related to:
  • transforming school library practice
  • community memory
  • digital inclusion funding

The deadline to apply is December 2.
Presentation on Census 2020
Learn about the upcoming decennial Census with this presentation on Census 2020 by U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Luis G. Cardenas Camacho. The presentation was recorded live during the September 12 meeting of the Maricopa County Library Council’s (MCLC) Tech Talk group. If you have questions regarding Census 2020, or how your library can help, please feel free to contact Chris Guerra , Project Specialist for the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
VRATE: Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo November 15 & 16
The annual Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo (VRATE) is an event that brings together visually impaired and low vision/low hearing people and the agencies and organizations that provide services of interest to them. There is no cost to attend.

The conference/expo includes lectures, discussion panels, and full access to the exhibition center.

Presentations will be given on both days, with keynotes each day. On Friday, Michael Abell with coordinate a panel discussion and on Saturday, Kareem Neal, recipient of the 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year award, will present. 
Please note that school and education presentations are scheduled on Saturday, November 16.

Location: Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ
Times: 9am – 4pm each day
Dates: Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16
Cost of attendance: FREE

Registration for attendees (participants and caregivers) is encouraged. 
Vendor and sponsor opportunities are still available.

For more information, go to www.vrateaz.com
Stylized hand magnifier the words "Focused on Independence" as the handle. VRATE as the center of the glass with a yellow background. Around the periphery of the glass the words "Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology EXPO."
Now Hear This!
Have you and your patrons developed a love of audiobooks yet? They are great for many occasions: lengthy commutes, gym workouts, mundane chores, or simply relaxing while someone reads you a story. You can help your patrons find over 70 fiction and non-fiction audiobooks on Arizona’s people, places, and history in Reading Arizona ’s collection. Happy listening!
Arizona Memory Project: Become a Partner!
The Arizona Memory Project has several new collections available online, including the history of a National Forest and several historic newspapers from underrepresented people and places of Arizona.

The Arizona Memory Project staff continue to create new partnerships with institutions across Arizona to ensure its mission of providing digital access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions is met. This includes hosting a workshop for potential and current Arizona Memory Project partners in Tucson on October 8 th.

The newest collections to the Arizona Memory Project include:
El Tucsonense- a long running Spanish language paper out of Tucson, with years 1915-1929 digitized.
Arizona Tribune- a newspaper for and by the black community in Phoenix, with years spanning the civil rights movement included in the collection (1958-1964).
Daily Morning Oasis- a newspaper from the border city of Nogales, Arizona, with the years 1917-1920 digitized.
The Parker Post- the only newspaper on the Arizona Memory Project from La Paz County, spanning the years around World War I, 1911-1918.
El Mosquito- Spanish language newspaper from Tucson, known for its “sharp tongue and lively writing”, with issues digitized from 1919-1925.
Apache National Forest History- digital photographs of the early days of the Apache National Forest, including the logging industry, campgrounds, forest fires, and CCC camps.

Access to the Arizona Memory Project and its collections are free, searchable, and viewable on any mobile device. For questions about these or any digital collection, or for institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project for free, contact azmemory@azlibrary.gov
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