September 2019 Edition
2018 Arizona Public Library Statistics
now available
The 2018 Annual Report of the Arizona Public Library Statistics is now available online. The Arizona State Library collects, edits and disseminates statistical information on public libraries in the state. This information is shared with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is part of a national effort to collect library data. Click here for previous years' reports.
Professional Development News
Join the Arizona Library Managers and Supervisors Cohort- Be a Great Boss
Join other Arizona library staff to learn the ins-and-outs of public library management! Apply now to be part of the Arizona Library Managers and Supervisors Cohort- Be a Great Boss.

Facilitated by author Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, this exciting new program will cover major management topics such as success with stakeholders, staffing, customer service, planning, funding, leadership, and more. The modules require an investment of as little as an hour per week, and are completely self-paced.

The Arizona Library Managers and Supervisors Cohort is limited to 20 participants. Participants must be supervisors or managers and able to commit to attending two in person workshops in Phoenix and five online meetings between October 2019 and April 2020.

  • October 29 – Kickoff meeting in Phoenix to meet the facilitator and each other
  • November 14 – Online meeting
  • December 16 – Online meeting
  • January 21 – Online meeting
  • February 18 – Online meeting
  • March 17 – Online meeting
  • April 21 – Final session in Phoenix

Apply by completing this short one page application . For more information, contact Ann Marie Creegan at

Application deadline is September 20, 2019.
Girls Who Code: Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World - Webinar
In this short webinar, learn about the growing movement to bring free after-school Girls Who Code Clubs to Arizona public libraries. Thuy Ngan Pham, Regional Partnership Coordinator for GWC, will discuss the FREE, expanded curriculum available to help libraries facilitate clubs for grades 3-5 or 6-12—even for library staff with little or no coding background. She’ll also describe additional grant funding opportunities available to Arizona public libraries.

When: Friday, September 13
Time: 9:00am-9:30am

For more information, contact Nicole Umayam, Digital Inclusion Librarian, at
Library Safety and Security
with Dr. Steve Albrecht
There are just a few spots left for the Library Safety and Security Workshop with Dr. Steve Albrecht. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a full day with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security.

Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the do’s and don’ts of handling challenging, entitled, odd, or even threatening patrons. His popular program offers practical and realistic tools which will make your facility a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, personal protection methods, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.
Space is limited! Register now:
Re-imagining School Readiness in Libraries
Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will present librarians with the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit. The Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for librarians to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. The Toolkit was developed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in collaboration with the California State Library.

The Arizona State Library was one of three state libraries selected to receive training on this Toolkit , which helps libraries provide school readiness resources to families who need them the most. In Year One of the three-year grant, 50 librarians from each of three new partner states—Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin — will receive training on the existing Toolkit. A subset of these librarians, in addition to librarians who have been using the Toolkit in California, will participate in an evaluation to assess the Toolkit’s impact. 
Register now:

Working lunch provided and travel stipends will be available. For more information contact Donna Throckmorton .
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship and Health
Everyone wants to work in a healthy environment. 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?

This interactive workshop, presented by Rachel Rubin, is aimed at all library staff members looking to be part of a healthy and effective workplace that encourages each other to succeed. 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.

Space is limited! Register now:

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
for Library Staff
The Arizona State Library will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training to library staff taught by certified professional instructors from Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to train people that work with youth and caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health, addictions challenge, or crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. We also hope to bring Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults in the upcoming months. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. For more information, visit the website . This is a full day of training with 30 minutes for lunch on your own.

The State Library also hopes to bring Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults in the upcoming months.
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:

Introduction to Library Management During this four-week online course, you will have a chance to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a library manager.
When: September 17 - October 14

Preparing and Implementing EDI Training in Your Library Readings, discussions, online meetings and assignments will provide learners with the tools, resources and skills to create EDI training.
When: September 17 - 30

Children's Services Fundamentals During the course, you will have weekly readings, do practical assignments, and participate in discussions to share ideas and experiences. In Weeks 3 and 4, we will schedule two optional online meetings.
When: September 24 - October 21

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
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  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:

Supporting Connected Learning for Youth in Libraries with the ConnectedLib Toolkit  This is a free resource aimed at building library staff capacity to engage and promote connected learning and 21st century skills among today’s digital youth.
When: September 12
Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

Hear from three library leaders who are redefining community engagement.
When: September 17
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

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
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.

A pre-application webinar will be held with IMLS staff to answer questions on Thursday, September 12, from 3:00-4:00 E.T. Recordings will also be made available.
2020 State Grants-in-Aid Construction Funding Available
Public libraries with construction projects are invited to apply for State Grants-in-Aid funds.
Libraries may apply for up to $50,000 with a 1:1 cash match provided from the library or its administrative agency. Funds for this program are awarded on a competitive basis. Please review the Construction Guidelines before submitting your application.

The application process is in two stages. The online Intent to Apply form must be submitted by 11:59PM on Monday, September 30, 2019. After reviewing the Intents, the State Library will invite a limited number of applicants to complete a full application. The invitation to apply should not be construed as a precursor to an award; the SGIAC process is extremely competitive. 

Please contact Jaime Ball if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your construction project ideas!
Would your community appreciate an opportunity to offer meaningful community conversations?
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. 
In partnership with the Arizona Humanities, the Arizona State Library is providing well prepared facilitators to bring FRANK Talks to your community and to encourage civic dialog on the following NEW topics:
  • Free Speech: Can I Tell You How Much I Hate You?
  • Hip Hop and American Culture
  • Through My Eyes - The Impact of Implicit Bias
  • Colors - The History and Life of LGBTQ America
  • White Allies 101: Outreach, Engagement and Change-making
  • What are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
  • American Native: Native American
  • Native American Signs and Symbols: Pee-Posh/Kwatsan
  • Water in Arizona: Sustainability, Supply and Demand
  • Energy Resources in Arizona: A State of Energy Transition

 We are currently accepting applications for libraries to host a FRANK Talks in their library.
Apply to host FRANK Talks now or contact Donna Throckmorton for more information.
Celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial with a Suffragist Mini-Grant
The Arizona Center for the Book at the Arizona State Library is providing a mini-grant for up to 10 libraries to participate in a youth program to offer community members an opportunity to learn about the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This mini-grant will provide:

  •         One actor to play the role of a Suffragist at one library event
  •         A suggested activity guide
  •         An education guide
  •         Up to $300 in books to distribute to participants to learn more about the Women’s Suffrage Movement and key figures

Interested libraries will be required to submit a detailed programming proposal with their application that outlines how they plan to supplement the actor’s presentation with other historical activities or projects.

The application opens on September 1 st, 2019 and closes on September 19 th, 2019 at 11:59pm. An example application can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlin Dailey, Project Specialist, at
Writers in Residence Mini-grant
Applications are opening soon for the Writers in Residence in Libraries Mini-grant Program!
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 public 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 to public libraries 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  Jaime Ball
Oral History in a Box Mini-Grant
The Arizona State Library is providing an opportunity for libraries to apply for “Oral History in a Box” mini-grants, which provide pre-assembled kits to libraries that are interested in pursuing digital history programs to document local community history.
Selected libraries will be required to attend a training session held in December at the Arizona State Library located at 1919 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Kits will be distributed at the end of this workshop.

The application opens on September 1 st, 2019 and closes on September 29 th, 2019 at 11:59pm. An example application can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlin Dailey, Project Specialist, at
Make National Library Card Sign-up Month
Twice as Nice!
Signing someone up for a library card during National Library Card Sign-up Month? Sweeten the deal on-the-spot! Show them how to expand their eBook and eAudiobook choices by also signing up for a Reading Arizona account.

Create your own account by following the instructions at so you can see how quickly you and your patrons can start reading. Users of all ages can register for a free account and enjoy over 600 titles of fiction and non-fiction on the people, places, and history of Arizona.
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